Originally Posted by Cj Gochanour
Hey guys. I've been lurking for a while and finally decided to make an account. I'm building my own PC that's going to be structured around:
1.) Music - Playback/Recording (Primarily playback)
The primary use of this sound card will be with music, and I'm looking for top quality. From my own research, it would seem that the Creative Sound Blaster ZxR would be perfect for achieving this, considering its daughter board for recording and it being the top of the line card Creative has to offer. However, I've heard this card is only outstanding when gaming, not while listening to/recording music. I figured I'd be smart to post here and get opinions first.
If any audiophiles here could help me out, that'd be awesome. Thanks.
I'm far from an expert on sound card and know little about recording.
For a combination of an internal sound card for gaming and music playing, I do not think you could do better then the ZxR for playing music (or gaming).
For better audio quality your looking at getting an external DAC /headphone amplifier.
Really for the best audio quality playback and game playing, your looking at getting an external DAC/Headphone with S/PDIF(optical & coaxial) input, which can be combined with a lower costing sound card, like the Sound Blaster Z (OEM)