Best sound card for a cheap set of headphones?

Buying a sound card because of some microphone issues but I might as well improve my sound quality as well. I have some normal headphones, not 7.1 or anything fancy like that. I was wondering if there was any point in buying 7.1 sound card for just normal headphones, will it just be not compatible or will it still work? Or should I just go with the cheapest possible?
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  1. whats ur budget?
  2. iceclock said:
    whats ur budget?

    I don't really have an exact budget, I just want to find out if I will benifit from a 7.1 sound card, if it will even work with my headphones or if I should just stay with a normal cheap soundcard
  3. well give me a number, i do recommand addin cards if u do gaming or love music, and goes great with a new pair of headphones, whats ur budget for soundcard and headphones and whats ur motherboard ?
  4. iceclock said:
    well give me a number, i do recommand addin cards if u do gaming or love music, and goes great with a new pair of headphones, whats ur budget for soundcard and headphones and whats ur motherboard ?

    I'm not prepared to spend money on a completely new headset. I have a P5Q SE2 motherboard and my budget for a sound card is about 30 euro. I've seen 7.1 sound cards go for 20 euro, not sure if they are reliable brands or anything. But even saw a 5.1 ASUS sound card for just under 30 euro. So my question. Will 7.1 actually work with normal cheap headphones? or if I don't want to upgrade my headphones should I just stay with a cheap soundcard
  5. what part of europe u live in?
  6. iceclock said:
    what part of europe u live in?

    Ireland. I'm mainly using 2 websites, dabs.ie and elara.ie
  7. > if I will benifit from a 7.1 sound card

    No you wont get any benefit from 7.1. If fact pretty much no one will, as very few music sources and movies have 8 channels of audio. Can also say the same for very high samples rates, 24bit audio, gold connectors, etc... as well. All if it pretty much useless for most people.

    Having a optical fibre output and 8 separate speakers outputs doesn't make sense if you are using a cheap pair of headphones.

    Just use the on board sound card if you have one.

    Having said that, there is really no price difference between a 5.1 and 7.1 channel sound card. You can get a reasonable card for $30. Don't pay the $180 for something like the Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium unless you upgrade the rest of your sound system as well.
  8. PassMark said:
    > if I will benifit from a 7.1 sound card

    No you wont get any benefit from 7.1. If fact pretty much no one will, as very few music sources and movies have 8 channels of audio. Can also say the same for very high samples rates, 24bit audio, gold connectors, etc... as well. All if it pretty much useless for most people.

    Having a optical fibre output and 8 separate speakers outputs doesn't make sense if you are using a cheap pair of headphones.

    Just use the on board sound card if you have one.

    Having said that, there is really no price difference between a 5.1 and 7.1 channel sound card. You can get a reasonable card for $30. Don't pay the $180 for something like the Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium unless you upgrade the rest of your sound system as well.

    I don't want to use my on-board sound because I have some issues with it with my microphone. It's the main reason I am getting a sound card to begin with. You said that most music and movies don't support 8 channels of audio. Do many games support it?
    Also, how does this one look if I decide to stay with just a normal 2.1 stereo? http://www.elara.ie/productdetail.aspx?productcode=WCESC011
  9. iceclock said:

    Is there anything better about that card than this one? http://www.elara.ie/productdetail.aspx?productcode=WCESC011 Don't really want to pay for postage on that :\
  10. also the card i chose for the audigy 2 zs is better than the asus xonars u talked about.

    and cheaper.

    unless u have issues with good quality used hardware.
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