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May 10, 2012 1:07:58 PM
May 10, 2012 1:23:08 PM

do you need an optical out? if you plan to run sound to your receiver then you would need it. do you have a free PCI-E and/or PCI slot? that would also narrow your options. any of the four you choose will do the job though if all you want is a better sound (FYI, better sound card will no improve cheap speakers)

other options

omega striker
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=22973&vpn=STRIKER_7.1&man...

i would personally go with the omega or asus xonar
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May 10, 2012 3:25:46 PM

The DX is the best, followed by the DS, Recon3D, and DG. The DG is a special case though, as its the best all around option if you need a powered amp for a headset (<150 Ohms).

As far as the Striker goes, its a good card, but the DX is a slightly newer design. If PCI is a must, you can go either with the ASUS Xonar D1 or HT Omega Striker, as they are basically equivalent. [ASUS offers emulated EAX 5, HT Omega offers DTS Encoding].
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May 10, 2012 4:48:00 PM

i just needed the maximum clarity possible
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May 10, 2012 5:08:20 PM

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May 20, 2012 4:52:08 PM

maximum clarity -> you should just try Xonar Essence ST/STX with a SNR of 124dB
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