Originally Posted by magnum703
Asus Xonar STX
You waited three years to post what is essentially a one word answer?! Helpful...
Originally Posted by Cj Gochanour
My headphones I will be using are Sennheiser HD 650s, I believe they are 300 ohm so I don't think the imprudence will be an issue. I guess my main issue was just that I had been questioned by a few people in regards to it being a card supposedly dedicated to gaming rather than music. So, with the trusted advice given so far from head-fi, this is a good choice for best quality? Or would a DAC or some other alternative, not necessarily a sound card, provide even better quality in regards to the musical portion?
Do you really think a card that's dedicated to gaming would be supplied with a separate board to do recording? I don't see the difference anyway, if you want precision placement of the enemy sneaking up on you just round the corner you need good separation and soundstage which are the same things you want for music. I guess there will be special effects options useful for gaming (bass boost?) but these can be turned off...
There will always be people who will say there's a better option though and in this case it's true - if you spent lots on a dedicated DAC and amp you could certainly "do better" than just using a consumer grade sound card. The question is how much do you want to spend?
I think if you're serious about gaming and recording you need a good soundcard anyway so you'd may as well give it a go, you can swap the op-amps to tweak the sound to your preferences and if you're still not satisfied it has RCA outputs which you can connect to an external amp at a later date, which will be a nice upgrade (with an amp that matches whatever sound preferences you have)
What are you listening to the HD650s out of at the moment?