Originally Posted by dog44
I'm planning on buying a Lepai LP-2020A+.
I'm trying to stay around or below $150 for everything. The speakers and amp (plus cables) are around $70, so I'm trying to decide whether or not to buy a sound card. Would a DX or Z make a difference (since there is room in the budget)?
Any recommendations for something better around $150?
Assuming this audio setup is for speakers only and no headphones involved.
Here is a used Asus Xonar DX sound card, for $45, that I think is the max you should spend for your current speakers.
Here is a sound card, for only $28 (free shipping) with the C-Media CM8828 and C-media CM9882A audio chips
The card has an SNR of 106, so fairly good for a $28 sound card.
Here is that manufacturer's webpage on this sound card
I just order one of these cards, should arrive on Thursday, I'm going to test it out for a few weeks (with and without my $300 external DAC/amp) see how good it is.
Figured it a good value for your use, but not sure if it would be a noticeable improvement over your on-board audio.