Hello people, i'm new to head-fi and i've been following some threadsfor a time now, but i still can't make up my mind about what audio solution should i get. So, I wondered if anyone could give me a hint or another about some products, and if it is the right choice for my future setup: What i'll be getting, as far as listening gear goes, is:
-> Audio Technica ATH-M50X (for music listening, i need a good analog output, which my motherboard doesn't have. My mobo is a MSI Z77A-G45 Gaming, and i don't feel like the audio quality of it's built in solution is any good. It has a lot of static and poor range, so a dedicated audio solution is a must)
-> Already own these - Astro A50 - For gaming ( These are actually connected through my SPDIF output on the MOBO, and they do provide a great sound thanks to the astro mixamp, but I still can't run it's Dolby Surround properly because the optical output on my PC is not 5.1 Dolby Digital capable )
-> Logitech z506 - Plan on using them with the analog ports for 5.1, but still, if i get them with the integrated board, i'll likely be getting poor audio with static, another reason for dedicated
-> Razer Hammerhead earbuds - I Know these are not the absolute best, but i want some nice bass-tuned earbuds, and and want them to sound great when plugged to the pc too.
*Obs: I do own a Nexus 5, which I consider decent in terms of audio output, and that is my main mobile listening device.
With these in mind, what would deliver a better audio quality and features, for gaming and music, under 100$ that is my budget: I've been looking to the Xonar U7 or a PCI sound card such as the Creative SB Z, or are there any other suggestions?
- The fact that i could quickly switch the audio output on the Xonar u7 makes me lean towards it, but i would give it up if i could get better audio quality for the same price with another solution.
Thanks in advance.
Edited by vilela69 - 6/27/14 at 4:11pm