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 hello guys ! so I am in need of recommendations from you guys, what would be best usb sound card for the Fidelio x1?? my PC only has a few PCI-e slots and I don't have room for internal Sound cards sadly =\.I like to play games(not FPS but I do enjoy the surround sound feel on headphones) and like to listen to music. i do play games abit more but it doesnt matter really as i listen to music while i play games anyways :P .budget would be anything around 100$ more or less. help would be much appreciated, thanks !!

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ok so I narrowed down my choices to these:

 

creative SB recon 3d

creative SB x-fi HD

creative SB x-fi omni

asus xonar u3

 

 

are any of these good? am still open for suggestions :D

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have you considered audioquest dragonfly?

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 hello guys ! so I am in need of recommendations from you guys, what would be best usb sound card for the Fidelio x1?? my PC only has a few PCI-E slots and I don't have room for internal Sound cards sadly =\.I like to play games(not FPS but I do enjoy the surround sound feel on headphones) and like to listen to music. i do play games abit more but it doesn't matter really as i listen to music while i play games anyways :P .budget would be anything around 100$ more or less. help would be much appreciated, thanks !!

Creative Labs Omni 5.1 USB sound card.

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have you considered audioquest dragonfly?

 

 I have not heard about it actually. but will look it up !

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Creative Labs Omni 5.1 USB sound card.

 

thanks for the response! would you specify why it is good or why it is better than the other creative USB sound cards if possible??

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thanks for the response! would you specify why it is good or why it is better than the other creative USB sound cards if possible??

Seems to support the latest Creative software and comes with the CS4398 DAC chip.

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Seems to support the latest Creative software and comes with the CS4398 DAC chip.


the other stated sound cards doesn't support the latest software? and im not very knowledgeable about DAC chips and all that, but is that chip supposed to be better than others?

post #10 of 20

The CS4398 is the flagship dac chip from Cirrus Logic.

But that alone doesn't mean much for a soundcard. Many employ high quality dacs (they're not difficult nor expensive to implement), but none really tap into the full potential of these chips.

 

That being said I'd be inclined to go with the Creative Omni too, but not for the DAC chip choice.

 

But for it's specified "600 ohm amp", which suggests some thought has been given to the headphone amp circuit and will likely have better power output than your average USB soundcard.

 

This review (old X-Fi usb vs. Omni) might be interesting to read. Use google translate:

http://www.ixbt.com/multimedia/soundcard-duel-dec-2013.shtml

 

The conclusions seem to suggest the Omni is the better card, especially for use with headphones (more powerful amp compared to X-Fi usb) and better overall functionality.

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it seems a

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The CS4398 is the flagship dac chip from Cirrus Logic.

But that alone doesn't mean much for a soundcard. Many employ high quality dacs (they're not difficult nor expensive to implement), but none really tap into the full potential of these chips.

 

That being said I'd be inclined to go with the Creative Omni too, but not for the DAC chip choice.

 

But for it's specified "600 ohm amp", which suggests some thought has been given to the headphone amp circuit and will likely have better power output than your average USB soundcard.

 

This review (old X-Fi usb vs. Omni) might be interesting to read. Use google translate:

http://www.ixbt.com/multimedia/soundcard-duel-dec-2013.shtml

 

The conclusions seem to suggest the Omni is the better card, especially for use with headphones (more powerful amp compared to X-Fi usb) and better overall functionality.


thanks for the info! it seems as if you are not fully convinced the Omni is that good , would you suggest something else? I plan to use it with my Fidelio x1

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The other stated sound cards doesn't support the latest software? and I'm not very knowledgeable about DAC chips and all that, but is that chip supposed to be better than others?

I'm not sure what DAC chip comes in the $40 Xonar U3, but I'm sure it's not as good as the CS4398.

All the Recon3D and Z, Zx (and I'm assuming the Omni and X-Fi HD) use the SoundCore3D audio processor, which also provides the DAC feature.

But the Omni (and Z, Zx) also come with the CS4398 DAC chip, which was add to improve the sound quality.

The CS4398 is not the best chip, but i guess i could say it's one of the better mid-range DAC chips.

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ok thanks for comparing them all for me ! so Omni would the best candidate out of the onesi mentioned. would you suggest something better than the Omni?

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I'm not sure what DAC chip comes in the $40 Xonar U3, but I'm sure it's not as good as the CS4398.

All the Recon3D and Z, Zx (and I'm assuming the Omni and X-Fi HD) use the SoundCore3D audio processor, which also provides the DAC feature.

But the Omni (and Z, Zx) also come with the CS4398 DAC chip, which was add to improve the sound quality.

The CS4398 is not the best chip, but i guess i could say it's one of the better mid-range DAC chips.

ok thanks for comparing them all for me ! so Omni would the best candidate out of the onesi mentioned. would you suggest something better than the Omni?

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ok thanks for comparing them all for me ! so Omni would the best candidate out of the ones I mentioned. would you suggest something better than the Omni?

Not comes to mind for a reasonable price.

When you starting going up in price, it more like external DAC/amps, then external sound cards

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