I recently decided to move away from the on-board audio chip-set to a PCI card. As I've got fairly high end stereo stack system with decent full range Wharfdale speakers connected to it which is connected to my PC audio out by a gold plated oxygen free cable. I've always found the sound to be a bit lifeless and flat though.
so I've heard that PCI sound boards can significantly improve audio quality and I've found two likely contenders which seem to fit my needs and limited budget but which one.
Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi SB0790 Xtreme 7.1
Card Creative SoundBlaster Audigy 2 SB0350 7.1.
[SIZE=2]Please bear in mind, for me, its all about the quality and clarity of the audio that each can provide so if you could advise me on that basis, I would appreciate it.