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What's the best sound card for $100?

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May 16, 2012 6:47:43 PM

I'm building a computer that will be used for general internet browsing and watching movies (mainly streaming.)

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May 16, 2012 6:57:20 PM

what speakers will you be using?
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May 16, 2012 8:14:15 PM

There is currently a gap between about $70 [ASUS Xonar DX] and $120 [ASUS Xonar D2(X) and Auzentech Meridian 2G], though you can sometimes find an ASUS Xonar D2(X) for about $100 or so. For most people, the DX is more then sufficient to meet your soundcard needs.

Note though, if using [or plan to use] high impedance headphones [<150 Ohms], the ASUS Xonar DG may be a better bet.
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May 17, 2012 7:21:41 PM

ct1615 said:
what speakers will you be using?


I don't know yet. Guess I should ask that as well. Any suggestions; what if I went with that ASUS Xonar DX? What speakers would go with it?
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May 17, 2012 7:25:43 PM

if you are just going to use some $50-100 pair of speakers then you really don't need a sound card.
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May 17, 2012 7:53:19 PM

There are SOME good options in that range; as long as they aren't $10 pieces of junk, the DX should offer some quality increase.
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May 18, 2012 2:15:11 AM

gamerk316 said:
There are SOME good options in that range; as long as they aren't $10 pieces of junk, the DX should offer some quality increase.


I was thinking of getting something like Logitech Speaker System Z523. Do you think I don't need to buy a sound card then?
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