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April 17, 2012 3:51:33 AM

What should I be looking at? What features should I be looking for?

The goal is to spend no more than about ~$100 on a sound card. I'll only use my headset (HPX-SS) in 5.1 config for a lot of games and some music. If I am going to end up buying SS Siberia V2s to replace my HPX-SS how would that influence what features I look for (HPX-SS is getting worn and uncomfortable)?

I used to have a creative sound blaster extigy when I used to play on my PS3. The sound from the box was bounds and leagues above my current onboard. I'm looking to make a return to that level of sound quality without breaking the bank.

ASRock P67 Extreme4
Win7 Ultimate 64

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April 17, 2012 4:02:31 AM

Well, at that price point, the only real contender is the ASUS Xonar DX, which should fit your needs quite well. Just make sure you have the necessary floppy power connector to connect the soundcard [especially since some PSU's don't even include that hookup anymore...].

Though if you can find one for under $100, either an ASUS Xonar D2(X) or Auzentech Forte would also be attractive choices, though they typically sell for above that.
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April 17, 2012 4:24:33 AM

I've got an HX-750 so... I should have 2 floppy connectors available.

You say the Xonar DX is the only contendor at my current price point but, what about the striker 7.1?

What is the difference between the Xonar D1 and the DX? They seem almost identical.

Thanks for the help. Sound cards are a new realm for me.

Edit: Would the recommendation be any different if it was going to only be used for gaming?
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April 17, 2012 4:57:06 PM

bullwinkel said:
I've got an HX-750 so... I should have 2 floppy connectors available.

You say the Xonar DX is the only contendor at my current price point but, what about the striker 7.1?

What is the difference between the Xonar D1 and the DX? They seem almost identical.

Thanks for the help. Sound cards are a new realm for me.

Edit: Would the recommendation be any different if it was going to only be used for gaming?


The D1 and Striker are on the PCI bus, where the DX is the same chipset with a chip to make it work on the PCI-E bus. The DX is slightly newer though, hence why I recommend it. All three use the same exact C-Media chipset.

The D1/DX offers software emulated EAX 5.0, the Striker offers DTS Encoding [the D1/DX can only do Dolby]. The Striker also has a seperate line input port if I recall properly. Aside from that, basically the same card as the D1.
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April 17, 2012 7:46:27 PM

Is it worth the extra ~$13 dollars to get DTS on the HT card?

I'm just trying to figure out why the DX was recommended and the Striker was not. Does Asus have better drivers and software functionality?
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April 17, 2012 8:17:18 PM

After doing more research on them, it seems like the DX is just a higher quality card. I don't need the different ports on the striker and I think I'll live without DTS encoding. Thanks for your help.
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April 18, 2012 4:55:47 AM

Unless using the optical outputs [which kills the point of getting a soundcard], Dolby/DTS encoding don't matter to you. And given how PCI is basically a near dead bus, going with the slightly newer PCI-E based card makes the most sense. The Striker isn't a bad card by any means, but its hard to cost-justify over the DX.
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April 18, 2012 5:20:22 AM

Yeah, I also don't plan on spending $200+ on headphones so I doubt I'll ever come across a pair below that will require an amp (at least in the near future).

I've purchased the DX. It should arrive Friday hopefully...
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