• Welcome to Overclockers Forums! Join us to reply in threads, receive reduced ads, and to customize your site experience!

Best sound card

Overclockers is supported by our readers. When you click a link to make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn More.

martindemon

Member
Joined
Jun 10, 2002
Location
Canada
What is THE Best Soundcard, with absolutely no cash limit? I need optical 5.1 out (or more but it must have the option of 5.1) and i want quality and no driver problem and compatibility with all games and music programs. Possibilities of extensive MIDI use with Really big samples (128meg or more). I want the best (well perhaps i should say sub 1000$USD.)
 
OP
martindemon

martindemon

Member
Joined
Jun 10, 2002
Location
Canada
I just found a review:
http://www.pcavtech.com/soundcards/compare/

that puts the LinxTwo as the best one. The newest model is the Lynx L22 at 750$:

http://www.lynxstudio.com/lynxl22.html

Now tell me about some good sound. I pay 500$ for a graphic card, why would i not pay for a good sound card? What i should mension is that i play my stuff at 1000W RMS total so a good signal noise ratio is Really important to me.
 

Tipycol

Member
Joined
Aug 20, 2002
martindemon said:
I just found a review:
http://www.pcavtech.com/soundcards/compare/

that puts the LinxTwo as the best one. The newest model is the Lynx L22 at 750$:

http://www.lynxstudio.com/lynxl22.html

Now tell me about some good sound. I pay 500$ for a graphic card, why would i not pay for a good sound card? What i should mension is that i play my stuff at 1000W RMS total so a good signal noise ratio is Really important to me.

Whoops...well I misread your first post. Thought it said $100. Well if you want the best in your audio, and your price is that high, then you should get it.
 

runsalone

Member
Joined
Jun 23, 2002
Location
Detroit
1000 watts RMS? you'd lose your hearing instantly.

I design loudspeakers, Most of the bigguns are capable of handling 200 REAL watts RMS. trust me, 200 real watts from a real amplifier (talking 15,000$ for 2 channel stereo amp) will have normal people running in fear.

Are you going to run your soundcard to an amplifier with an optical toslink cable? that is, in my opinion, the best method for retaining SQ of the media you're going to be listening to on the puter.
 
Last edited:

RCtruckguy

Member
Joined
Oct 11, 2002
Location
columbus,ohio
i have a dimond sonic impact sound card for about $55 new a year ago and with creative labs' 5 speaker setup i can have almost any amount of sound i want with very little distortion on the last 90% of the volume control. total cost: $125 ~RCTG
 

Yodums

Senior Member
Joined
Oct 5, 2001
Location
Ottawa, Canada
I would recommend the M-Audio Delta's. The 410 is a good card and at a rather low price for intermediate audiophiles. My friend owns one and he simply loves it. The driver support is amazing because it's only 800K and does so much in comparison with Creative - 25MB and still has a bit to work on.

The Delta 1010 is the best card out of the M-Audio series which is 500.00 for the bare card and 799.99 for the recording system:

http://www.midiman.net/products/m-audio/delta.php