So, for playing games and watching movies, which one should be better?
I am planning to use Steelseries Headphone: http://www.steelseries.com/int/products/audio/7h/information or Logitech Speaker: http://www.logitech.com/en-us/speakers_audio/home_pc_speakers/devices/224 with the computer. So think these two item for the sound card selection. But, perhaps I may extend the functions for the sound card for different purposes in the future. Therefore a flexible sound card would be very good. I will not create music with guitar, I am not a musician. But I may try for media (casette or similar stuff) conversions, watching blu-ray disks, connecting console or music systems...
So, the card I want, should not have limited functions, but it don't need to be designed for music creating or studio equipment purposes.
What will be your suggestion for selecting one of these cards?
If we look to the specifications of these cards,
- 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
- Blu-ray audio layer Content Protection
- Supports Jack-Detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-Retasking
- Supports 1 Optical S/PDIF out port at back I/O
- Output Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-Weighted) Up to 120 dB
- Compliant with HDMI v1.3a industrial standard
- HDCP 1.2 compatible
- DVI 1.0 compatible
- RCA jack *8
- Line-In/Mic-In 3.50mm mini jack *1
- CD-In, Aux-In (4-pin header on the card)
- Coaxial and High-bandwidth Optical Combo Connector
- EAX Advanced HD 5.0
- Analog output Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-weighted) 109dB
- Line in / Microphone in (shared 1/8" mini jack)
- Speaker out (4x 1/8" mini jacks)
- Optical out (TOSLINK)
- Optical in (TOSLINK)
- Intel HD Audio Compatible Front Panel Header (2x5pin)
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Ok first off this really depends on your speaker setup. If you go the headphone route you will want a soundcard with a built in headphone amp. If you decide you are gonna go with the Z 500 which are tuely amazing speakers I have a set of them and love them the sound quality is really good. I use the Creative X-Fi Titanium to run them via analog connection. For gaming the X-Fi cards will give a little better perfomance then any other cards and sound amazing.
These two cards will give you some of the best quality you can get and will be good for headphone use and speaker use. If you plan on not using headphones then I wouldnt bother spending this much for a card.