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Hi Guys, currently I am using onboard for my sound and microphone connections which is a Realtec ALC898, this doesnt seem that great for music/films and primarily gaming (used to use a dedicated Xi-Fi titanium soundcard), the motherboard I am using now doesnt have the slots required for internal soundcards so I am now in the market for a usb equivalent. 

 

Microphone quality seems to have a fair bit of noise and I know its just the onboard being bad so I need something with a solid microphone input, as I play games I would appreciate something being great for giving positional audio or surround sound for my headphones (currently using AD700s, planning on changing sometime soon).

 

Budget is around £50 - £150 I will spend the extra if need be but ideally < £100 would be preferable, doesnt need to be portable as its for my desktop.

 

So far I have got these on my short list:

 

Asus Xonar U7 - £72 

 

Creative sound blaster X-Fi HD sound card - £69

 

 

Both similar on price, are there any others I should be considering and what would you guys go for?

 

Any helps appreciated!

 

Thanks

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Asus Xonar U7 - £72 

 

Creative sound blaster X-Fi HD sound card - £69

 

Both similar on price, are there any others I should be considering and what would you guys go for?

Check out the Creative Labs Omni 5.1 USB sound card.

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Thanks purple angel, another one to add to my list haha, any reason why you would take that one over the other xfi?its cheaper by a few quid and somehow has microphones built in (got my own,so sound is key) so it's interesting to know how its better smily_headphones1.gif.

Cheers for the help thus far!
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Thanks purple angel, another one to add to my list haha, any reason why you would take that one over the other xfi?its cheaper by a few quid and somehow has microphones built in (got my own,so sound is key) so it's interesting to know how its better smily_headphones1.gif.

Cheers for the help thus far!

The Omni seems to be Creative Labs newest USB sound card and uses the latest Creative software, SBX Pro Studio.

So I would assume it a better gaming external sound card then Creative's older USB sound card.

Plus I like anything with the word "Omni' in it.

 

So your computer does not have any free PCI-E slots?

What is the make and model of the motherboard?

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Its an asus p8z77-i mini itx board, downsized a lot this year and one of the sacrifices was the XiFi Gamer card (the original one... not the cheaper rebrand!) :P.

 

Yeah that Omni one does seem better the more I look at it so I will probably go for that, got nothing to write down on my christmas list so I guess I will shove this on there now to give someone an idea haha.

 

Appreciate the help! Now to find a new headset :)

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Originally Posted by hicks12 View Post
 

Its an asus p8z77-i mini itx board, downsized a lot this year and one of the sacrifices was the XiFi Gamer card (the original one... not the cheaper rebrand!) :P.

 

Yeah that Omni one does seem better the more I look at it so I will probably go for that, got nothing to write down on my Christmas list so I guess I will shove this on there now to give someone an idea haha.

 

Appreciate the help! Now to find a new headset :)


Might consider the Sony MDR-MA900, seems to be getting a lot of positive feedback.

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