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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
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-> 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

You won't get that good an audio with them anyway. Five speakers and a sub for under $100? Can't expect much.

Your headphones will likely sound much better. I would recommend staying away from 5.1 setups with that budget. Get a 2.0 setup smily_headphones1.gif
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You won't get that good an audio with them anyway. Five speakers and a sub for under $100? Can't expect much.

Your headphones will likely sound much better. I would recommend staying away from 5.1 setups with that budget. Get a 2.0 setup smily_headphones1.gif

The thing is that I would easily give up on the sound quality for a nice surround effect when gaming wink.gif
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The thing is that I would easily give up on the sound quality for a nice surround effect when gaming wink.gif

Right. And you'll be wearing your headphones to get it because those speakers should not compete with your A50s. If not, you need a different headphone for gaming. LOL

One doesn't get "nice surround" from 5.1 multimedia sets that cost under $100. Although if you know what they sound like and what you are getting for your money already, everyone has their own tastes smily_headphones1.gif

Speaking of gaming headphones, have you ever seen this guide?
http://www.head-fi.org/t/534479/mad-lust-envys-headphone-gaming-guide-update-4-17-2014-akg-k612-and-k712-pro-added-edits
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Just read it. Awesome guide, btw, ty for the advice, I'll be considering something else for the speakers, but still, any hints for the sound card?
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Soundblaster Z is a good one for the money.
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