Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Computer Audio › Advice me a cheap sound card for around 50 bucks please.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Advice me a cheap sound card for around 50 bucks please.

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
As the title says. I'll use it for my desktop PC, with my Sony XB300 on ear headphone. I watch a lot of movies with WMP or MPC and I'd like the audio to be amplified and a little more bass, if possible (the default bass of XB300 is pretty good anyways, but the total audio output is on the lower side!). I also play fps games, but my priority will be movies. My budget is a tiny 50 bucks. I've seen that there are some Fiio models out there, but don't know how they are! Oh, I'll prefer the unit to be External, but I can buy Internal if there is a huge difference in sound quality.
Actually my friend bought a headphone yesterday, Asus Orion and a Steelseries Siberia sound card, and I was amazed to see the level of amplification on that headphone with that sound card, made instant decision that I'll buy one.

Tia.

Sent from my GT-N7100 using Tapatalk 2
post #2 of 13

A suggestion: ASUS Xonar DGX with unified drivers


Edited by xnor - 6/11/13 at 1:53pm
post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the suggestion. I see that's an internal card, I wanted to avoid internal cards because the cord of my headphone is so short that it doesn't reach my ear if I plug it at the back of my cabinet! That's why I use the front socket of my cabinet, but if I put the internal sound card then I will have to plug the headphone at backside only and then it won't reach my ear :(

post #4 of 13

The should be a cable inside your computer case going from the front panel to the mainboard's front panel header. Most sound cards also have front panel headers, like the DGX.

Connect the cable to the sound card header and the front panel (hp, mic jacks) will be connected to the sound card.

 

There's also the option to use extension cords (3.5 mm or 1/8" male to female).

 

 

External. Hmm, I'm not sure even FiiO products would meet your budget depending on where you live. What product did you think of?


Edited by xnor - 6/11/13 at 3:04pm
post #5 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by ithehappy View Post

Thanks for the suggestion. I see that's an internal card, I wanted to avoid internal cards because the cord of my headphone is so short that it doesn't reach my ear if I plug it at the back of my cabinet! That's why I use the front socket of my cabinet, but if I put the internal sound card then I will have to plug the headphone at backside only and then it won't reach my ear :(

The Hifimediy Sabre DAC http://hifimediy.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=83 will blow your mind and it can be had for less than 50$ shipped, leaving more money for the headphones.

post #6 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by xnor View Post

A suggestion: ASUS Xonar DGX with unified drivers


I just picked up a DGX and installed the latest stock drivers for my Win8 x64 machine.  Are the unified really a significant improvement worth switching for?

post #7 of 13

If you don't have any problems I guess not. As for the improvements, you can read about them on maxedtech.com.

post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by xnor View Post

The should be a cable inside your computer case going from the front panel to the mainboard's front panel header. Most sound cards also have front panel headers, like the DGX.

Connect the cable to the sound card header and the front panel (hp, mic jacks) will be connected to the sound card.

 

There's also the option to use extension cords (3.5 mm or 1/8" male to female).

 

 

External. Hmm, I'm not sure even FiiO products would meet your budget depending on where you live. What product did you think of?

Okay. I will check tomorrow if the front cable leads me to anywhere. It's a Cooler Master 690 II Plus cabinet if that helps in anything.

The extension audio cable is an easy alternative, but they usually sell here in cheap and of worst quality. So I need to find a better brand, online.

Some FiiO products are nowadays available here in India, like FiiO D5, FiiO E6 etc, but I have NO idea about them. You can see this website, afaik, they are the only distributor of FiiO here,

http://www.pristinenote.com/

Quote:
Originally Posted by BenF View Post

The Hifimediy Sabre DAC http://hifimediy.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=83 will blow your mind and it can be had for less than 50$ shipped, leaving more money for the headphones.

Thanks for the recommendation. That product is indeed cheap and has great reviews. Now I am confused which to get! The DGX or this!


Edited by ithehappy - 6/12/13 at 1:19pm
post #9 of 13

Well the DGX has a built in amp as well, while the sabre appears to be just a DAC.  You would have to invest in a separate amp if you wanted to go that route...

Not entirely sure of the quality of the DGX to some other low end equipment as I havent tried anything else, but I can confirm the DGX works rather nicely for a low pricetag :)
 


Edited by KefkaticFanatic - 6/13/13 at 5:06am
post #10 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by KefkaticFanatic View Post

Well the DGX has a built in amp as well, while the sabre appears to be just a DAC.  You would have to invest in a separate amp if you wanted to go that route...

Not entirely sure of the quality of the DGX to some other low end equipment as I havent tried anything else, but I can confirm the DGX works rather nicely for a low pricetag :)
 

 

Hifimediy is powerful enough to drive HE-400, so no worries there.

post #11 of 13
Thread Starter 

Alright, thanks guys. I think I am going for the Asus Xonar DGX. But some comments on Amazon are confusing me, some are saying that the front port doesn't work fully like the rear port, is that true? Seems it is!

Quote:
Don't expect the built in amp to work effectivly with the HD front port. It does work however if your using high end headphones similar to my Sennheiser 598's with a rated impedence of 50 ohms you will need to plug into the back of the card and use the software E.Q. to boost your Headphones by 20 D.B.

 

 

http://www.amazon.com/Xonar-DGX-PCI-E-GX2-5-Engine/dp/B007TMZ1BK


Edited by ithehappy - 6/13/13 at 2:45pm
post #12 of 13

Hmm I don't have a DGX here. But it really looks like the amplifier is directly wired to the rear output only.

post #13 of 13
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by xnor View Post

Hmm I don't have a DGX here. But it really looks like the amplifier is directly wired to the rear output only.

Yeah, that's what I was saying. It'd not really be useful for me if that's the case. What about the normal DG version? I know it's PCI, but would that be a problem? My Motherboard is Asus Sabertooth X58.

And if I even go for the DGX model, do you think this extension cable is good enough to provide good quality, i.e without lowering the audio quality?

http://www.ebay.in/itm/Bandridge-3-5mm-Stereo-Male-to-3-5mm-Female-Extension-Cable-3-Meter-BAL3603-/151063427764?pt=IN_Computer_Components&hash=item232c14fab4&_uhb=1#ht_1781wt_906

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Computer Audio
Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Computer Audio › Advice me a cheap sound card for around 50 bucks please.