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On this website, the only recommend soundcard is the Lynx Studio Technology AES16/e. Can you recommend any other card? I have three concerns:


1/ the card seems to be old (we are talking PC gear),

2/ the price is too high for me (alternatively one can say that the card offers too much)

3/ I am a plug and play person, and the back of the card doesn't have the usual connectors for either speakers (I have a Klipsch 5.1 set, and I'm using it in 2.1 configuration), or a headset (I want a microphone jack too - I am using the PC for Rosetta Stone).


I've been on the web over the past few days, and found:


1/ Creative's PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion Series at $160, and

2/ ASUS Xonar Essence STX Virtual 7.1 Channels PCI Express Interface 124 dB SNR / Headphone AMP Card at $200...


Both cards seem to still offer more than I need (I'm after a good stereo card, with a headphone amp (ideally), and a microphone jack).


Need I say that I would mainly use the card for music?


Thank you for your help,




PS: I am using Windows 7/64 bit (Family), and both Creative and Asus seem to have the drivers for this OS.



Desktop: Windows 7, Xonar Essence XTS, Focal Solo6 Be

At work: HP laptop with Denon AH-D2000

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