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Best sound card for music under $100

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March 22, 2012 9:38:45 PM

does anyone know a good sound card that's relatively cheap?

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March 22, 2012 11:48:58 PM

The Xonar dg is only $30. Probably best bang for the buck. For music, just make sure you have a good set of speakers. And if you're not doing surround, the spdif port on your mobo might be a good option.
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March 23, 2012 1:54:17 AM

Yep the ASUS Xonar DG 5.1 is the best cheap option.
ASUS Xonar DX 7.1 is also good for under $100.
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March 23, 2012 4:27:03 PM

But wouldn't using the Spdif mean using the DAC on the receiver?

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I would not recommend digital MOBO out sound you want a good DAC for nice sound not Onboard Mobo sound. I beleve you hit the nail on the head with the Xonar DG recommendation because it has a great DAC

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March 23, 2012 5:50:09 PM

^^ Yes, but your quality is limited by SPDIF format limitations. There is almost no reason to buy a soundcard, then use the SPDIF output port...
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March 24, 2012 2:45:35 PM

if you can just increase your budget abit and go for the asus xonar essense st, since its the best card for music right now, or try to find a used or a refubrished one,
I currently own a recon3d pcie and thinking of buying one my self, but slightly hesitated cuz my primary concern in gaming.
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