Need help selecting sound card

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Building new desktop win 7 64 Pro OS
I'm not a gamer but love music
Cost not an issue
I do video and audio editing
Would like a box that sits on my desk with a MIC and Line in input, if also possible volume control and headphone jacks helpful
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I already looked at the first one. The second is not a sound card, third looks low end. I appreciate your effort and very quick response.

Any other suggestions?

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for sound cards, i usually use Creative Lab products (Home or Executive setup), with fully controlled and mixed audio outputs and inputs, i go for yamaha... yes the third is low end, but it can handle ang 7.1 audio setup.

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Sounds interesting
How does the Yamaha integrate with the soundblaster? In other words how dies it all fit together?

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yamaha is intended for advanced digital setup... though soundblaster has it's own advanced digital products, but it is fully computer assisted based setup.

yamaha may serve a different purpose than the soundblaster. thus they dont go together. the other key for a good audio setup are the speakers/headphones too.
 

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I am not a professional
Just want really good sound and ability to have MIC and Line in
I have an older Soundblaster Audigy that has the external box with inputs...I really like it
Just want same flexibility with new desktop
NTW totally agree with comment on speakers and headphones

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in choosing PCI-base sound enhancers (sound card that are mounted internally on a desktop), bitrates are the factors.

external audio mixers are intended to enhance or boost the audio signals. c",)

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The augury is sort of a hybrid of both
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The SoundBlaster NX series of years ago with the external box was indeed a very good sound card (still is if you can find them on ebay).

But for a newer system you're better off getting a PCIe slot based card.     Creative's Xi-Fi Titanium is an excellent choice, and there is a version that has a dedicated box with the features you want that mounts in a 5.25" bay on the front of your PC.    I've used these and find them VERY convenient.     The NX series of 6 or 7 years ago also had a version with this panel in an external box (likely what you have) ... but they no longer offer that.

The USB-based unit suggested earlier (#1 in the first list)  is a good choice if you must have an external box ... but consider whether you really need that, or just convenient front panel access.

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Thank you.

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