Can you suggest a good budget PCIe sound card to replace my Chaintech AV710 PCI card? With either optical out, or S\PDIF. My new motherboard has no PCI slot. Budget for me is around US$50~60. Is there a consensus on a best one at this level?
My setup has been:
Windows7 - Foobar -> AV710 -optical-> Lavry Black DA10 DAC -balanced-> HD650s. I have been a very happy camper.
I see PCI - PCIe adapters are available eg http://www.amazon.com/StarTech-com-Express-Adapter-Card-PEX1PCI1/dp/B0024CV3SA
I could stretch the life of the AV710 this way. Is this sensible? audio-compromising?
In general Im suspicious of adapters like this. And my AV710 is getting on in years.
I presume I could get an S\PDIF adapter to connect off the new motherboard but have never done this and don't know how good that is.