What are the best multimedia sound cards?

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    #1Creative Sound Blaster Z

    Creative Sound Blaster Z

    The Sound Blaster Z by Creative is a multimedia sound card that features Sound Core3D Audio Processor for advanced audio and voice technologies. It also has SBX Pro Studio sound technologies for stunning 3D surround effects for your devices.

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    Walter Carr
    Written on May 29, 2019
    "This is one of the best sound cards for gamers with its gamer-centric set for features. It's also a good choice for those looking to upgrade the quality of their sound with 24-bit/192kHz support."
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    #2Asus Xonar DSX PCIe 7.1 GX2.5

    Asus Xonar DSX PCIe 7.1 GX2.5

    The Asus Xonar DSX PCIe 7.1 GX2.5 sound card that has support for 192kHz/24bit playback. This allows you to play and listen to all your media at the highest possible quality and without any bitrate downsampling.

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    Huang Dong
    Written on May 29, 2019
    "This sound card features 24-bit/192kHz audio playback. I am no audiophile by any stretch but I do hear a difference between this and the onboard soundcard on my motherboard. This is really good for the money considering all the features and sound quality that you're getting."
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    #3Creative Sound Blaster ZxR PCIe

    Creative Sound Blaster ZxR PCIe

    The Creative Sound Blaster ZxR PCIe is the flagship model of the entire Sound Blaster Z series that boasts a signal to noise ratio of 124dB. This translates to the best possible sound quality out of your audio without any degradation.

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    Jacob Alexander
    Written on May 29, 2019
    "A true audiophile experience and will even suffice as a sound card for music production. That is how good this sound car is. I hooked my bookshelf speakers to this and it was able to drive it really well and sounded great."
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    #4Asus Essence STX II

    Asus Essence STX II

    The Asus Essence STX II is the follow-up to the popular Essence STX grade sound card intended for audiophile users. This new version continues the tradition of providing hi-fi sound with 3 hot-swappable op-amps depending on the user's needs.

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    Brian Reyes
    Written on May 29, 2019
    "This is one of the best sound cards for recording or sound production by quite a margin. If you want one of the best possible sound quality out of your card, this is a top choice."
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    #5Creative Sound Blaster Audigy PCIe RX 7.1

    Creative Sound Blaster Audigy PCIe RX 7.1

    The Sound Blaster Audigy features an advanced chipset is designed to process its EAX reverb engine for improved and more powerful sound out of your devices. It also supports 7.1 surround sound perfect for movies and games.

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    Huang Dong
    Written on May 29, 2019
    "Considering the price, this creative sound card offers really good value for the money. It's clear, gets loud, and will be enough to power both headphones and speaker sets without issues."
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    #6Creative Sound Blaster Audigy PCIe FX 5.1

    Creative Sound Blaster Audigy PCIe FX 5.1

    The Creative Sound Blaster Audigy PCIe FX 5.1 is a cheaper alternative and a slight step down from the RX 7.1 model. Despite the going to 5.1 surround support, the SBX Pro Studio advanced audio processing is still present in this model.

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    Jacob Walters
    Written on May 29, 2019
    "If you want something a little more affordable and don't mind stepping down to 5.1 surround sound, this is a great option for you. You basically only lose out the 7.1 sound channel for the cheaper price."
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    #7AudioQuest DragonFly Red

    AudioQuest DragonFly Red

    The AudioQuest DragonFly is a USB amplifier with a Sabre DAC and can play 24-bit/96kHz high resolution audio files. It also has a 2.1v output and is able to handle even high impedance headphones without issue.

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    Andy Wen
    Written on May 29, 2019
    "This is one of the best external sound cards available to you especially if you plan on primarily using headphones. It does support speakers as well but I don't expect the same level of performance for those though."
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    #8HyperX Amp USB Sound Card

    HyperX Amp USB Sound Card

    The HyperX Amp USB Sound Card features the company's own custom-tuned virtual 7.1 surround sound as well as active noise cancellation for the microphone. It comes with a 2-meter audio control box for easy adjustments.

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    Sun Su
    Written on May 29, 2019
    "If you just want a simple and affordable external sound card for gaming, this will be more than enough for most people's needs without costing too much."

Summary

Best What are the best multimedia sound cards
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Creative Sound Blaster ZElectronics 0 Paid
2Asus Xonar DSX PCIe 7.1 GX2.5Electronics 0 Paid
3Creative Sound Blaster ZxR PCIeElectronics 0 Paid
4Asus Essence STX IIElectronics 0 Paid
5Creative Sound Blaster Audigy PCIe RX 7.1Electronics 0 Paid
6Creative Sound Blaster Audigy PCIe FX 5.1Electronics 0 Paid
7AudioQuest DragonFly RedElectronics 0 Paid
8HyperX Amp USB Sound CardElectronics 0 Paid
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