Looking for good soundcard for music

I recently acquired some excellent looking speakers that I would like to put to good use (no clue what they are but are each about as big as a mid-full tower PC case!).

I have decided that these speakers are probably worth an upgrade from all of the junk that I have now and am considering buying a new retail boxed soundcard for the first time. Being the first time I spend any real money, I would really appreciate some recommendations.

I am looking for:
- Linux support without much hassle (in major distributions)
- Good sound quality for lossless music
- Green, black and yellow analog outputs
- $40 or less

I don't care for:
- Game sound enhancement

Thanks.
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  1. hi.
    i think now almost for every new card you can find drivers for linux.
    but i that rate of moeny and with all qualities you want it would be difficult.
  2. I think the M-Audio audiophile 2496 would be the perfect card for you. Maybe a little over your budget but you won't get a better sound for the price.
  3. Quote:
    I recently acquired some excellent looking speakers that I would like to put to good use (no clue what they are but are each about as big as a mid-full tower PC case!).

    I have decided that these speakers are probably worth an upgrade from all of the junk that I have now and am considering buying a new retail boxed soundcard for the first time. Being the first time I spend any real money, I would really appreciate some recommendations.

    I am looking for:
    - Linux support without much hassle (in major distributions)
    - Good sound quality for lossless music
    - Green, black and yellow analog outputs
    - $40 or less

    I don't care for:
    - Game sound enhancement

    Thanks.


    Consider:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16829118105 @ $29

    ...and Turtle Beach's website lists Linux drivers for this card:

    http://support.turtlebeach.com/site/kb_ftp/587.asp#drivers
  4. Thanks all for the advice!

    I'm off to do a little research, but at this point it looks like the Audiophile is out. It's definitely a nice card but clearly over my budget at $130 and there are many features that I probably won't use. I appreciate the recommendation though.
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