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Windows 7: Can anybody Recommend A Good Sound Card?

07 Aug 2011   #1
moonbeep

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 
Can anybody Recommend A Good Sound Card?

Hi Folks

Currently have an Asus Xonar DS 7.1 sound card and listen to a lot of music,could anybody recommend me a worthy upgrade to this card?


Have about 100 too spend!

Many Thanks


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12 Aug 2011   #2
Anttix

Win7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

What is it you're looking for? Better sound quality? What are you connecting it to and are you using digital or analogue? If you're using analogue you may well not notice any difference with a better card. Also assuming you want to avoid creative... Anyway:

I did a lot of research for my card and came up with the Asus Xonar D2/PM which has a better SNR than your current card (118 db vs 107db for the DS). THD may be better too. It can also do Dolby in addition to DTS. Comes with a MIDI port daughter card and bundled basic music production software if that's your bag. I've linked to the PCI version: there's a pci-e version, but be aware that the pci-e one needs power from a floppy connector, unlike the PCI which needs no additional power.

If you can stretch to 140 there's the Asus Xonar Essence ST which is the next step in sound quality (124db SNR) Can only do stereo, unless you buy the expansion card. I've linked to the PCI version; again there's a pci-e version with the same caveat as above.

Hope this helps.
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12 Aug 2011   #3
moonbeep

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Anttix View Post
What is it you're looking for? Better sound quality? What are you connecting it to and are you using digital or analogue? If you're using analogue you may well not notice any difference with a better card. Also assuming you want to avoid creative... Anyway:

I did a lot of research for my card and came up with the Asus Xonar D2/PM which has a better SNR than your current card (118 db vs 107db for the DS). THD may be better too. It can also do Dolby in addition to DTS. Comes with a MIDI port daughter card and bundled basic music production software if that's your bag. I've linked to the PCI version: there's a pci-e version, but be aware that the pci-e one needs power from a floppy connector, unlike the PCI which needs no additional power.

If you can stretch to 140 there's the Asus Xonar Essence ST which is the next step in sound quality (124db SNR) Can only do stereo, unless you buy the expansion card. I've linked to the PCI version; again there's a pci-e version with the same caveat as above.

Hope this helps.

Many thanks for that,yeah was looking at the Xonar Essence,seems a really good card,might be worth stretching and aquireing one!!
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