1. J

    Do I need a soundcard, headphone amp, both?

    Hi there, Disclaimer: I'm new to the forum and, although I know a bit about audio, I'm pretty clueless. I recently bought a pair of Audiotechnica m20x headphones for use at home with my PC where I listen to a lot of different music as well as creating some electronic music as a hobby. When I...
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  5. fartingisahobby

    If I use a good microphone but a bad computer what will be the result.

    Lets say I want to record myself playing the guitar, and I hook an expensive microphone up to a 200 dollar hp laptop.    Does the quality depend on the microphone, or the computer?
  6. NakulM

    Great Portable/Desktop Amp and DAC/SoundCard for Sennheiser HD 558s

    Hey Guys,   This is my first forum post on head-fi so please excuse me if I've made a mistake! I just ordered some Sennheiser HD 558s, which I will be using for gaming as well as music and movies on my desktop PC. I've read several threads on the site, and have come to the conclusion that the...
  7. bitingimpressio

    Which Sound card should i get?

    I am on a budget for building a computer, and had extra cash. im thinking about buying a sound card, either the Asus Xonar DG or the Diamond XtremeSound PCI 7.1. which of these are better, and is there a big difference from the onboard soundcard? Are there any other soundcards under 40 dollars...
  8. Poisoner

    Non Asus or Creative Sound Cards

    How do brands like Auzentech and HT Omega compare?  I never see them recommended but I am familiar with the brands.
  9. thelonious58

    Cheap USB external sound card

    Newish here, and very much enjoying reading all the witty and erudite posts and reviews on various products The headphone socket on my Toshiba C660 laptop is playing up ( basically sound dropout/change even when I move my headphone(s) cable ever so slightly), so after reading several reviews I...
  10. murat88

    Sound quality - USB Soundcard VS pci soundcard

    Hi,   first I would like to say hello to everyone in this fine community. I have recently bought a Philips SHG8200 gaming headset. It is a budget headset but has pretty good audio quality considering the price. It came with a SRS usb sound card adapter thingy. I am new to these things so...
  11. adhoc

    Do I need a standalone sound card?

    Hi all, have a few quick questions that have been bugging me...   This is my current setup: computer > FLAC + foobar2k + WASAPI (event) > Realtek digital output (Realtek ALC892 Audio Codec) > TOSLINK > Schiit Gungnir (balanced) > Schiit Mjolnir (balanced) > LCD-3 (balanced)   1. If I...
  12. Razeredge

    Sound card for gaming/music with ATH-AD700s?

    Could I get help choosing a soundcard for gaming/music to go with my ATH-AD700s? My budget is about $120 or less.   I was thinking about the X-Fi Titanium HD, but I'm not sure.   My motherboard is an ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3, with a 2500k.
  13. Sonic Defender

    Basic external sound card

    Looking for a basic USB external sound card (two channel audio use, although I know they all support various flavours of surround) that I can use to patch into my Audiolab DAC from a Dell laptod (about 4 years old I think with a Centrino processor). This is ONLy for when I am just playing 320...
  14. randomriot

    do i need a sound card?

    Hello everyone. I have a question that for some reason, I can't find an answer to, no matter how much google/forum searching I do. So I have decided to make an account here to see if someone could answer it. The question being. Do I really need a sound card for the headset/phones I would like...
  15. Uzaar

    Onboard sound vs Sound Card

    So, some guy on the BF3 forums was wondering whether he needed a sound card. I said I loved my Asus Xonar DG, and yes, he should get one. Then some random guy said this, "the onboard HD 24 bit sound is better than that crappy ass 30 dollar card. maybe you dodnt have HD onboard sound. a sound...
  16. halcyon

    ReQ: Sound card with 7.1 channel out incl. VU meters for each channel in drivers

    Does anybody know of a sound card that:    - Has Windows 8 driver support  - Has bit-perfect output  - Supports 7.1 analog out (unbalanced ok, balanced preferre)  - Has individual VU meters (incl. dB ranges) for each of the 7.1 channel, regardless of what is the playback source file or...
  17. draterrojam

    dac + soundcard? optimal?

    Have a Creative sound card and a usb dac with an optical input (audioengine d1). Would I get better sound quality from using the optical output from the soundcard to the dac or would it be the same from over usb? I know there is less noise with optical and higher quality.  I'm still very new...
  18. m4rtin

    what determines sound quality of sound card?

    What determines sound output quality of a sound card? I guess:   sampling rate supported by DAC bit resolution used for samples quality jacks(both materials and physical characteristics)   What else? 
  19. Quantos

    Is my soundcard holding back my headset?

    Hi everyone!   So, I'll explain my situation. A couple years back, I had to buy a soundcard because the onboard audio on a previous motherboard broke. The soundcard in question is an Asus Xonar DS, pretty standard onboard replacement, I think. Now, I am not well versed when it comes to audio...
  20. Zakin

    Spent days choosing a sound card. Opinions from the best?

    Well, I recently picked up some PC360s, for about two years now I've simply had some A30s. They don't sound bad by any means but I know there is better, and I did my research to know the 360s are a great bang for buck in the headset department. Now my only other concern came to sound card, I've...
  21. Nielo TM

    Creative Sound Blaster Z Initial Impression

    I've been playing with it for an hour or so and so far I'm very impressed with the sound quality (better than the X-Fi XM I had before). I wasn't expecting such detail and clarity after the Recon3D fiasco. Built quality is also superb, but the card is filled with G-Luxon caps. I'm not sure how...
  22. Shoruk3n

    Soundcard with Optical out

    Hi all!  So I have which I use for my PS3, and have recently decided life would be easier if I used it for my PC as well.  My question is what sound card would be a good choice for using optical out?  I want to use TOSLINK...
  23. xSpartanCx

    Titanium HD inputs?

    Hello. I've been looking at the recon3d fatal1ty vs titanium HD, and it seems like the titanium is the better buy. However, I need separate line in/microphone jacks. For line In, my XBOX can use rca, an optical cable, or 3.5mm. On the pictures of the titanium, it looks like the "optical" inputs...
  24. gopanthersgo1

    Help finding a good $50 soundcard for friend by tomorrow.

    My friend is ordering all his PC parts tomorrow, as is already starting their Black Friday deal, and is getting a really nice $900 rig, the only thing he still needs to figure out is the soundcard... I told him to get the ASUS Xonar DGX (Found here...
  25. Traddad

    Internal Audio Card Choices Other Than Xonar Essence?

    I'm in "final shopping mode"...most of the entertainment computer is on the way, but I need to  to get a good (enough) audio card with at least 5.1 SPDIF/Toslink out to my AV receiver and RCA (or good other) analog out to my stereo amp.  Headphones not needed...My ears can no longer take them...