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A question about sound cards

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Hey, my favorite headset is the steelseries siberia v2 so I'm wondering what would sound the best, I don't know much about sound cards.

 

Don't bother commenting "OMFG headsets suck get headphones!!"

 

Okay so what do you guys think would be better; siberia v2 + a good sound card (don't have one so tell me which one is the best please) or the siberia v2 heat orange (its a USB version of the headset instead of 3.5mm jacks)

 

Right now I'm just using the normal siberia v2 with my integrated sound since I don't have a sound card.

 

By the way which sound cards are better, the little usb ones or the ones you put inside your pc like asus xonar

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Just read sound cards are bad and the best thing to get is "external DAC", is this true?

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Just read sound cards are bad and the best thing to get is "external DAC", is this true?


What is the purpose? do you listen music or play games? do you need surround sound for gaming?

what is your budget?

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i listen to music and play league of legends. and no i dont want surround sound i just want the best quality stereo sound for my siberia v2, i read that if you buy a sound card you hear static because its inside the computer so im thinking i should get the siberia v2 heat orange?

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Just read sound cards are bad and the best thing to get is "external DAC", is this true?


Lots of people use internal sound cards and are happy with the sound quality.

 

External DACs can offer better sound quality, I just spent $300 ($255+shipping) for an Audio- GD NFB-15.32 external DAC and headphone amplifier. As it has a S/PDIF (optical & coaxial input), I can connect it to my sound card so as to be able to still use the sound card's Headphone surround sound.

If you have $300 to spare, go for it.

There is the cheaper Schiit Magni/Modi combo ($200 + tax & shipping) it use a USB connection, so it bypass the sound card, which is fine if all you really want is basic 2-channel stereo audio.

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