Dying soundcard! Some queries for a new purchase

Discussion in 'Soundcards, Speakers HiFI & File formats' started by Luke Doust, Jan 14, 2020.

  1. Luke Doust

    Luke Doust New Member

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    Hello!

    I currently have a Soundblaster Zx which I bought in 2014, I recently noticed that it seems to struggle to play sound via SPDIF (sound cuts in and out constantly), I upgraded the drivers in the hope it would fix this, but instead I now get bluescreens every 30 mins or so, so I think its about time I replaced the card. (i've also replaced the cable, and have since tested the connection with a different device and it works, so it seems to be the sound card itself)

    I was wondering if anyone had any advice of what cards to look at.

    I currently use the PC to play games and occasionally music in private with Sennheiser HD 598 headphones, so some kind of virtual surround is a must, i'm a big fan of the controller that the Soundblaster Zx came with (it enabled me to use it as a mic, connect the headphones using its default connector (6.35mm), and control headphone level. and obviously also included an AMP for the headphones.

    Ontop of this, I also have the computer connected to a Home thearter system (Yamaha RX-V675) Where I'm running a 5.1 setup for Movies, music and gaming if friends are over etc.

    I was looking at the Soundblaster Zxr, but if anyone has any other suggestions which would fit my needs It would be great, also would you advise with the setup I have using Optical audio, or analogue connections to relay the sound?

    Thanks
     
  2. Chastity

    Chastity Ancient Guru

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    Are you using DD Live / DTS for that 5.1 gaming to your receiver? If so, then do not consider an AE-5, as it lacks that feature.
     
  3. Luke Doust

    Luke Doust New Member

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    I was, until SPDIF Broke! haha
     
  4. Mufflore

    Mufflore Ancient Guru

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    Soundblaster AE-5, but there are better DACs for treble clarity. (I tried the AE-5 and while it is pretty good, treble response was limited on my HD650 and Meze headphones)
    There are also the external AE-7 and AE-9 with decent DACs for the front channels.
    All the above are 5.1, have a headphone amp and good virtualisation.
     

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    mkh Member Guru

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    I would say external Sound BlasterX G6 is a good alternative for the internal AE5. Compact and nice set of features. I have used the G5 quite some time now and it sounds good. Powers my DT990 250ohm easy.
     
  6. sverek

    sverek Ancient Guru

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    XonarDGx, safe yourself some money.
     

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