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External gaming sound card.

Discussion in 'Sound City' started by clone, Jul 16, 2018.

  1. clone


    Joined: Jul 11, 2003

    Posts: 5,766

    Location: Telford//west mids

    Are these any better than the normal internel cards,I've got AKG 701 headphones that I use all the time on the pc.
  2. Glanza


    Joined: Mar 13, 2007

    Posts: 9,096

    Location: South Yorkshire

    Buy yourself a decent dac / amp setup and stay away from anything with 'gaming' branding.

    Schiit stack would be a good starting point.
  3. EsaT


    Joined: Jun 6, 2008

    Posts: 4,620

    Location: Finland

    External don't have access to any special parts.
    D/A converters are common components.
    Same for audio opamps.

    And for headphone power levels any discrete components are just huge challenge to match each particular component, so that whole circuit works together.
    While IC can have special components designed for that single circuit.
  4. Rroff

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Oct 13, 2006

    Posts: 59,019

    If you are gaming I can highly recommend the Creative AE-5 - it has a reasonably decent amp onboard that can drive most consumer headphones no hassle combined with a good quality DAC and a good selection of software sound processing options like virtual surround if that is to your taste.
  5. Marsman


    Joined: Oct 18, 2009

    Posts: 10,372

    External is only really better if you have issues with too much EMI inside the case affecting an internal sound card.
  6. PapaLazaru


    Joined: Dec 23, 2009

    Posts: 17,108

    Only £99 at the moment as well!
  7. sniperone

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Dec 6, 2009

    Posts: 1,330

    Location: Essex . UK

    Where can you find it for £99 ?
  8. Legend


    Joined: Dec 31, 2006

    Posts: 6,449

    Having recently moved to ITX I have had a similar conundrum, as I cannot fit a soundcard in my system. I wanted something that could take my mic as well, and have tried both the Creative Sound BlasterX G5 and the Asus Xonar U7 MKII. I can't say I noticed a massive difference between the two, but the G5 was louder and had a few nicer software features. Nearly twice the price though.

    I don't know if all the virtual surround gaming stuff is just marketing BS or not. It may very well be but I am no audiophile. I would be interested to know what the Schiit might sound like compared to these, especially across a range of music and games. Has anyone used the Schiit Fulla 2? Fulla Schiit, gotta love that ha! :D

    I have a pair of Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro 250 ohm headphones with a mod mic attached.
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2018
  9. Marsman


    Joined: Oct 18, 2009

    Posts: 10,372

    Schiit Fulla 2 is just a DAC/amp, so has no input for microphone; output only.

    While it is very good I wouldn't expect any improvement over the G5.