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Hello, Looking for a soundcard that is good for FPS gaming and movies. I have three in mind the now, Asus Essence STX, Asus Phoebus and the Creative sound blaster ZxR. What one would you guys recommend? 

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Hello, Looking for a sound card that is good for FPS gaming and movies. I have three in mind the now, Asus Essence STX, Asus Phoebus and the Creative sound blaster ZxR. What one would you guys recommend? 

Instead of the Essence STX & Phoebus, get the Xonar DX or D1, same audio processor (CMI8788) as the STX

Phoebus comes with a revision of the CMI8788, the CMI8888.

You can get a used Xonar DX or D1 for around $50-$60.

Then get a Schiit Magni headphone amplifier, $99, plug it into the DX/D1.

The Magni give you a volume knob at your finger tips and can be used with more then just the computer.

Also as the Magni has a very low headphone output impedance (less then 1-Ohm), it does a little better job at driving lower Ohm headphones.

 

The SB-ZxR (Sound Blaster ZxR) uses the same headphone amplifier (TI 6120) as the STX & Phoebus.

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Instead of the Essence STX & Phoebus, get the Xonar DX or D1, same audio processor (CMI8788) as the STX

Phoebus comes with a revision of the CMI8788, the CMI8888.

You can get a used Xonar DX or D1 for around $50-$60.

Then get a Schiit Magni headphone amplifier, $99, plug it into the DX/D1.

The Magni give you a volume knob at your finger tips and can be used with more then just the computer.

Also as the Magni has a very low headphone output impedance (less then 1-Ohm), it does a little better job at driving lower Ohm headphones.

 

The SB-ZxR (Sound Blaster ZxR) uses the same headphone amplifier (TI 6120) as the STX & Phoebus.

 

Yeah i think i will get the DX or D1 With Objective o2 amp.

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