Originally Posted by AdmiralAkmir
Hey, thanks for the reply,
I've seen you're posts before in other threads, it seems like for PC audio you often times recommend sound cards over external units, I'm curious as to the reasoning. Is it because of the features, such as surround sound? Also how do sound cards compare to their external counterparts in the same price range? Do you get more for your money with sound cards?
Also I heard bad things about the drivers on that particular card, which kind of turns me away.
I'm in the process of switching from an internal sound card to an external DAC/Amp and I'm will to pay $300 for it, so I'm not against externals
Right now the Sound Blaster Z (SB1500) is selling for $25-$30 less then normal, So it just a great value, which leaves more cash in a budget for headphones, plus the SB-Z's offer more FPS gaming support, then an external DAC/Amp could.
The Xonar DG can be as low as $17 (after rebate) and I think in some ways gives the $75 FiiO E10 a run for the money.
Also might be that a lot of Head-FIers like to recommend externals (and for good reasons), so I guess I feel I need to support the underdog (sound cards).
Every sound card has driver issues (negative feedback), I've personally have had better luck with Asus Xonar cards, over the older Creative Titanium cards, but I've heard newer Creative stuff has improved.