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Looking for sound card suggestion

I currently am using onboard sound.

Hardware is:
Motherboard http://www.asus.com/Motherboard/P8Z77V_PRO/
Headphones http://www.corsair.com/en/gaming-peripherals/gaming-headsets/vengeance-1500-dolby-7-1-usb-gaming-headset.html

I am not happy with the sound quality I am getting, and I am assuming it is the on-board sound. I am especially disappointed in the bass when listening to music, no matter how much I mess around with the equalizer etc.

I don't want to spend a fortune, but if you guys think it is my onboard holding me back, can you suggest a good soundcard? Don't know what kind of budget I'd need. Cheaper the better in the $100-150 range?

PS, my motherboard onboard sound specs are:
Realtek® ALC892 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
Audio Feature :
- Absolute Pitch 192kHz/ 24-bit True BD Lossless Sound
- DTS Ultra PC II
- DTS Connect
- Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel
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  1. Don't know about $, but over here the Creative X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional can be gotten for £80, so that should fit snugly into your budget.

    I have one myself, and I can say for sure; I'm never going back to integrated sound cards. Once you have heard the difference, it will pain you to go back to integrated.

    That is, supposing your speakers/headphones are up to snuff. When you have more dosh, I'd recommend a few studio monitors as well.
  2. I don't believe it is the headphones holding me back, as it was awarded Tom's Recommended Buy: Corsair Vengeance 1500

    source http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/surround-sound-headset-benchmark,3125.html

    Thank you for the Fatal1ty suggestion, I'll look into that
  3. One potential problem maybe, is that the headphones are USB... not seeing cards with usb jacks on them.
  4. Is it true that USB headphones don't use soundcards? That the have their own internal ones?
  5. The Creative Sound Blaster cards are terrible for anything other than gaming, for gaming you'll want a Xonar or similar.
  6. Thank you for the input Dark.

    Again, those look like those do not provide a USB connection.

    I am starting to think USB headsets don't use internal sound cards, instead have sound cards built in to them.
  7. Best answer
    Yes, USB soundcards work independently of your system sound card.

    Also, make sure when you are adjusting your equalizer and tone, etc, that you are adjusting the USB headphone and not the settings on the sound card. Changing settings on one won't necessarily change settings on the other.
  8. Best answer selected by jimthenagual.
  9. Not impressed at all with the headphones; http://www.corsair.com/vengeance-1500-dolby-7-1-usb-gaming-headset.html

    Good for gaming, which is what they are designed for so I shouldn't be complaining, but they are terrible for listening to music. Better off getting an analog headset and a decent sound card.
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