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Best sound card under $50

#1Treason686Posted 11/11/2013 7:47:03 PM
I know a lot about hardware, but I don't know jack about sound cards. I just bought some nice headphones, and I can't get them to sound how I want with the Realtek equalizer. I have Realtek HD Audio. I know this sound card is limited to begin with, so I think it's time to get something else.

$50 is on the high end of what I can spend, so less would be nice.

It has to be PCI-Express.

I don't know if this capability exists on PC, but I would love if my headphone jack could work with a mic and audio in one port without a 3.5mm splitter. My headphones have an in-line mic and it all runs through a single 3.5mm cord.



Secondary question:
Speaking of... Would it be possible to wire my front panel where both mic and audio went to a single port, bypassing a splitter?
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#2ShubPosted 11/11/2013 7:54:33 PM
What headphones did you get?
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#3Treason686(Topic Creator)Posted 11/11/2013 8:05:24 PM
http://www.amazon.com/Monster-On-Ear-Headphones-Control-Universal/dp/B00CZ1WDM0/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

Got these from work for around $30.

They seem to sound better on my phone, an HTC One.

Games are one use, but I end up listening to music more often these days while I'm working.
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#4Treason686(Topic Creator)Posted 11/11/2013 8:14:51 PM
This is above the budget, but it has a rebate. I don't know that there's anything else in the price range. Does anyone have any input on this card?

http://www.amazon.com/Xonar-DSX-Engine-Playback-Support/dp/B007TMZ1MY/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1384226031&sr=1-1&keywords=xonar+dsx
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#5DarkZV2BetaPosted 11/11/2013 8:30:34 PM
Treason686 posted...
http://www.amazon.com/Monster-On-Ear-Headphones-Control-Universal/dp/B00CZ1WDM0/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

Got these from work for around $30.

They seem to sound better on my phone, an HTC One.

Games are one use, but I end up listening to music more often these days while I'm working.


Xonar DG?
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#6Treason686(Topic Creator)Posted 11/11/2013 8:54:53 PM(edited)
Looks like I'd have to get the DGX to have PCI-Express.

I have one PCI slot on my PC, apparently. I didn't think I had one. The PCI-Express cards appear to be about $10 more, but I don't know that I can justify getting a PCI card to save ten bucks. I'll likely be replacing this computer in a year or so, and I wouldn't be surprised if a new motherboard had more Realtek audio and no PCI slots.

Seeing as how the DGX has a headphone amplifier and the DSX doesn't, I think the DGX is a better buy for me, even though it doesn't have as many features (That I won't use). Considering I won't be buying an awesome 5.1/7.1 speaker system anytime soon, I don't think the DSX is a smart buy.

Thanks Dark.
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#7kelemvorPosted 11/11/2013 9:16:58 PM
I think the last time I had a soundcard it used an ISA slot. Remember those? I can't remember when they phased ISA out but it was back in the Windows 95 days.
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#8claytonbuckleyPosted 11/12/2013 2:22:17 AM(edited)
I have an external sound card that uses either a USB port, or just the 3.5mm audio. It also has a mic-in plug so if i used a 3.5mm mic i could plug it in there. i think it was about $60-$70 but there's probably ones like it for cheaper.

http://www.scorptec.com.au/computer/40407-sbxfi-s51-pro

I got it off eBay for cheaper

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