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Old 12-09-05, 08:29 AM
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Looking for sound card recommendations in the $75-$125 range

I need a new sound card for my pc, and I'm looking to not spend more than $75-$125, such as the M-AUDIO 9900. Reviews on the commercial sites are fine, but I usually take them with a grain of salt. I always like to get honest input from users, like here on the forum.

5.1 isn't really a necessity, though it seems fairly standard. I'm not really a gamer, and I really want to use it for music (cds/mp3s).

I know the Creative Labs name (had a few in the past), but I'm not necessarily brand loyal.

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Old 12-09-05, 10:05 AM
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The M-Audio cards are very good. I use them myself.

I would not spend my money on Creative Labs cards. Just look at the technical reviews of their performance.
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Old 12-09-05, 02:19 PM
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I recommend Turtle Beach card - but it's kinda hard to find nowadays.
I also heard some good words about Terratec, but I haven't tried it myself.
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Old 12-09-05, 02:39 PM
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If you're just listening to music, you can probably get a far cheaper sound card then that particular price range.

I hear good things about the M-Audio Revolution.

I currently have the old Turtle Beach Santa Cruz, although I may pick up a Sound Blaster X-Fi sometime next year.
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That SB X-Fi card looks really good.
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Old 12-10-05, 01:38 PM
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from what i've read the X Mystique card from bluegears is supposed to be the best in the price range you're looking at. unless things have changed recently it's the only card that offers on the fly conversion of any audio signal to dolby digital.
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I own the Soundblaster Audigy 2 ZS card. I looked at Turtle Beach, but the reviews I read for Turtle Beach were not good.
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Old 12-11-05, 07:23 PM
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If you plan on just using it to listen to music, and not playing any games, get the EMU0404. Take note that it's a professional soundcard, and the outputs are a little different. It generally runs around 85-100 bucks.
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