Hello everyone, this is my first post on Head-Fi. Thanks for stopping by and looking at my thread.
I'm in the market for a sound card for my PC. I built it during the summer and I've been using integrated audio so far. I have the Astro Mixamp and Astro A40s hooked up right now that I've had about a year. I got them back when I was gaming on consoles to get good surround sound, but now that I'm on PC I've heard there are a lot better choices out there. I game on my computer more than anything, but I also spend a good amount of time listening to music or watching movies. I've picked out a headset that I'm going to upgrade to, the Audio Technica M50. If you guys know of a better headset for around $150 feel free to recommend it to me! The sound cards I've been looking at are the ASUS Xonar Essence STX, Creative Sound Blaster Titanium HD, and the HT Omega Claro Halo. I've heard that the STX is better than the other two I listed, can anyone confirm? I use Windows 8.1 and I've heard that the STX has compatibility issues with it and that makes me shy away from it a bit. I've also been looking at the AudioEngine D1 DAC as an alternative to a sound card. Would it be any good or should I stick to internal sound? Thank you for your help in advance!