I have an HTPC setup where I've ripped terabytes of DVDs and well over 500 CDs. I've added Airmotiv 5s to my system and it's not very obvious that I need better sound output then comes standard with my motherboard.
The options seem to be the Asus Xonar Essence ST or an external USB DAC. There's always the discussions about headphones and surround but those aren't the main issue for me. I simply want to get the best sound for music in the room. Yes, I will be listening to movies through these speakers but the music is most important to me.
I listen to classical and pop with the kids, rock and metal when I'm alone unless I'm working in which case it's either classical or trance.
Internal sound card or external USB DAC?
BTW - I'm new here, so thank you all for any patience and response.