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What makes a good audio card

i am not sure if this a right question but i am trying to get a new sound card and i done know anything about it i know how good audio sounds but dont know which things to look for while buying a sound card. also should i go for a sound enhancing software like SRS sandbox rather than buying a new sound card.
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  1. A good soundcard needs two things: Good Digital to Analog Converters, and good drivers. As for specific specs, you want a high Signal to Noise Ratio [SnR], a large dynamic range, and low harmonic distortion.

    You got a price range to work with?
  2. all depends what you want to do with it and how good your speakers are--most modern motherboards have decent onboard sound that works fine for most people

    i believe you can try srs sandbox as a demo to see if its any good or not--or look on youtube to hear what difference it makes--i am pretty sure some one will have it on there
  3. thanks guys, i want sound card mainly for games and i am willing to spend $50 for it, srs sandbox is for $30 and its just a software that enhances the sound i have heard the sandbox in action and its pretty impressive but shouldnt a hardware be better than a software adjustment.
  4. gamerk316 said:
    A good soundcard needs two things: Good Digital to Analog Converters, and good drivers. As for specific specs, you want a high Signal to Noise Ratio [SnR], a large dynamic range, and low harmonic distortion.

    You got a price range to work with?


    Thanks for the explanation and as per what you explained i found a sound card. CREATIVE SoundBlaster AUDIGY Value 7.1 Sound Card.
    is this any good? there are other cheaper options but this one has better specs..
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    ^^ No, it doesn't. The Audigy line went obsolete about a decade ago, and isn't supported anymore.

    The best under $100 soundcards worth buying:

    ASUS Xonar DS
    ASUS Xonar D1/DX [PCI/PCI-E]
    HT Omega Striker

    Going to the $150 range:
    Auzentech Prelude [mainly for EAX support, if that still matters to you]
    Auzentech Meridian 2G

    High end cards w/ headphone amp:
    Auzentech Forte
    ASUS Xonar ST/STX [PCI/PCI-E]
    ASUS Xonar Xense
    HT Omega Claro XT
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