1 minute ago, HereticCommando said:
Can you provide a short overview of the differences between SoundBlaster Z and Audigy RX.
Sorry for the lazy question but I'm really in the dark when it comes to audio cards
Honestly no idea and I don't feel like googling that Z model and do the work for you ... I just looked at Newegg for sound cards from reputable brands with optical out and this RX model seemed more than good enough.
This card has both optical out AND headphones amplifier capable of handling 600 ohm impedance headphones, and it seemed well built.
There was a cheaper Asus Xonar card at around 40$ but it used the ALC1220 common in motherboards and looked cheap with plain plastic stereo jacks with different colors and all that. Other Asus cards also seemed weird to me (ex they use older PCI sound card chips, so they have an extra pci-e to pci controller / converter on the sound card, another potential point of failure or of various glitches and quirks that would annoy you.