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Any recommendations for sound card and speaker setup?

Last response: in Components
January 17, 2012 6:22:45 AM

I am looking to purchase a sound system upgrade for my PC because the on-board audio is lifeless to me. My budget is $300 for speakers and sound card. Primary uses will be gaming, music, and movies. Stereo or 5.1 channel is ok, and I will also be using a quality set of headphones for gaming in the future when I can afford them. Any recommendations or feedback would be greatly appreciated.
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January 17, 2012 11:43:57 AM

Quick note, the ASUS Xonar DX [PCI-E] can be subbed for the D1 in most cases, provided you have a spare 4-pin connector.
January 17, 2012 2:37:13 PM

Well, I can give you what I did in your case.

Got a great MoBo with a decent Audio chip (Crosshair V) so it doesn't give me artifacts and got the best pair of active speakers I could buy (studio monitor grade; 2 way speakers). 2 of those puppies beat the not out of any 5.1 in the same price range and sound incredibly better. Something like these:

But if you want a great 5.1, check this one out:

That is as good as you'll get IMO. But nevermind the sound card; as long as it has low noise in it's signal and high bit sampling output, you shouldn't care at all.