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  •  PCI Express x 1, 5.1 Cha...
  •  TOSLink Optical Input an...
  •  Sound Core 3D Processor
  • Audio Chipset: Sound Core3D
  • Sample Rate: 192KHz
  • Digital Audio: 24-bit
  • SNR: 116dB
  • Model #: Z
  • Item #: N82E16829102048
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $99.99
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Creative Labs Creative Labs Creative Labs Creative X7 5.1 Channels Sound Blaster
  (3)
  •  5.1 Channels
  •  24-bit
  • External Box: Yes
  • Digital Audio: 24-bit
  • SNR: 127dB
  • Line In: RCA
  • Model #: X7
  • Item #: N82E16829102073
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy

ASUS ASUS ASUS ASUS STRIX SOAR 8 Channels Sound Card
  (2)
  •  8 Channels
  •  Analog Playback: 44.1K /...
  •  Analog Recording: 44.1K ...
  • Audio Chipset: C-Media USB2.0 6632AX High-Definition Sound Processor (Max. 384KHz / 24bit)
  • Sample Rate: Analog Playback: 44.1K / 48K / 88.2K / 96K / 176.4K / 192KHz Analog Recording: 44.1K / 48K / 88.2K / 96K / 176.4K / 192KHz
  • SNR: Output Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-Weighted): 116dB Output Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-Weighted) (Headphone-out): 110dB Input Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-Weighted): 110dB
  • Line In: Yes
  • Model #: STRIX SOAR
  • Item #: N82E16829132105
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $101.99 (2 Offers)
  • $81.99 after $20.00 rebate card
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Creative Labs Creative Labs Creative Labs Creative Sound Blaster AUDIGY FX Sound Card with SBX Pro Studio - OEM
  (5)
  •  5.1 Channels
  •  24-bit / 192KHz
  •  PCI Express x1 Interface...
  • Sample Rate: 192KHz
  • Digital Audio: 24-bit
  • SNR: 106dB
  • Line In: 1 x 3.5mm jack
  • Model #: AUDIGY FX
  • Item #: N82E16829102067
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Creative Labs Creative Labs Creative Labs Creative Sound Blaster Audigy FX 5.1 PCIe Sound Card with 600 ohm Headphone Amp
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  •  5.1 Channels
  •  24-bit 192KHz
  •  PCI Express x1 Interface...
  • Sample Rate: 192KHz
  • Digital Audio: 24-bit
  • SNR: 106dB
  • Line In: 1 x 3.5mm jack
  • Model #: AUDIGY FX
  • Item #: N82E16829102062
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

ASUS ASUS ASUS ASUS Xonar DX 7.1 Channels PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card
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  •  PCI Express x1 Low Profi...
  •  Powered by complete Dolb...
  •  VocalFX voice processing...
  • Audio Chipset: ASUS AV100
  • Sample Rate: 192KHz
  • Digital Audio: 24-bit
  • SNR: 116dB
  • Model #: Xonar DX
  • Item #: N82E16829132006
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $89.99 (12 Offers)
  • $79.99 after $10.00 rebate card
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Creative Labs Creative Labs Creative Labs Creative Sound Blaster Z 30SB150200000 5.1 Channels PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card
  (3)
  •  5.1 Channels
  •  24-bit
  •  PCI Express x1 Interface...
  • Digital Audio: 24-bit
  • SNR: 116dB
  • Line In: mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm
  • Line Out: mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm
  • Model #: 30SB150200000
  • Item #: N82E16829102053
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Creative Labs Creative Labs Creative Labs Creative Sound Blaster Omni Surround 5.1 USB Sound Card with 600ohm Headphone Amp and Integrated Microphone
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  •  5.1 Channels
  •  USB Interface
  • External Box: Yes
  • SNR: 100dB
  • System Requirements: On PC platform Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD equivalent processor at 2.2 GHz Microsoft Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista 1GB RAM 600MB free hard disk space CDROM / DVDROM drive USB 2.0 port On Mac Platform Intel Core 2 Duo 2.8GHz Mac OS 10.6 & above 1GB RAM 600MB free hard disk space Internet connection USB 2.0 port
  • Package Contents: Sound Blaster Omni Surround 5.1 MicroUSB 2.0 cable (1.5m) Stereo RCA to 1/8? jack adapter Installation CD Quickstart leaflet Warranty leaflet
  • Model #: Omni (70SB156000000)
  • Item #: N82E16886112001
  • Return Policy: Replacement Only Return Policy

STARTECH STARTECH STARTECH StarTech ICUSBAUDIOB USB Interface Black Audio Adapter
  (124)
  •  2 Channels
  •  USB Interface
  •  C-Media CM108 Chipset
  • Audio Chipset: C-Media CM108
  • External Box: Yes
  • Operating Systems Supported: Windows 8 / 8.1 (32/64bit), 7 (32/64), Vista (32/64), XP (32/64), 2000 Windows Server 2012 Mac OS 10.x (Tested up to 10.10) Linux
  • Part: ICUSBAUDIOB
  • Model #: ICUSBAUDIOB
  • Item #: N82E16829128004
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

STARTECH STARTECH STARTECH StarTech ICUSBAUDIO USB to Stereo Audio Adapter Converter
  (148)
  •  USB Interface
  • Audio Chipset: C-Media - CM108AH
  • External Box: Yes
  • MIC In: Yes
  • Operating Systems Supported: Windows 8 / 8.1 (32/64bit), 7 (32/64), Vista (32/64), XP (32/64), 2000 Windows Server 2012, 2008 R2, 2003 Mac OS® 10.x (Tested up to 10.10) Linux
  • Model #: ICUSBAUDIO
  • Item #: N82E16829128002
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy

ASUS ASUS ASUS Asus MIO-892 Sound Board
  (5)
  •  8 Channels
  •  ASUS MIO Interface
  • Audio Chipset: RealTek ALC892
  • SPDIF In: MIO-892
  • SPDIF Out: MIO-892
  • Other Ports: Bracket I/O Ports S/PDIF Out (Coaxial + Optical) 6-jacks 8 channel audio I/O
  • Model #: MIO-892
  • Item #: 12K-00HP-00070
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy

STARTECH STARTECH STARTECH StarTech.com 5.1 Channel PCI Surround Sound Card Adapter
  (6)
  •  5.1 Channels
  •  16-bit 48KHz
  •  PCI Interface
  • Audio Chipset: C-Media - 8738LX
  • Sample Rate: 48KHz
  • External Box: Sound Board
  • Digital Audio: 16-bit
  • Model #: PCISOUND5CH2
  • Item #: N82E16829128013
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy

Creative Labs Creative Labs Creative Labs Creative Sound Blaster Audigy SE 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Card
  (400)
  •  7.1 Channels
  •  24-bit 96KHz
  •  PCI Interface
  • Sample Rate: 96KHz
  • Digital Audio: 24-bit
  • SNR: 100dB
  • Line In: Yes
  • Model #: Sound Blaster Audigy SE
  • Item #: N82E16829102003
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy

ASUS ASUS ASUS ASUS XONAR DGX 5.1 Channels PCI Express x1 Interface Gaming Audio Card
  (117)
  •  PCI Express x1, 5.1 Chan...
  •  Dolby Headphone technolo...
  •  ASUS exclusive GX2.5 gam...
  • Audio Chipset: C-Media CMI8786
  • Sample Rate: 96KHz
  • Digital Audio: 24-bit
  • SNR: Up to 105dB
  • Model #: XONAR DGX
  • Item #: N82E16829132052
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy

SIIG, Inc SIIG, Inc SIIG, Inc SIIG IC-510012-S2 5.1 Channels PCI Interface SoundWave
  (71)
  •  5.1 Channels
  •  16-bit
  •  PCI Interface
  • Audio Chipset: CMI8738
  • Digital Audio: 16-bit
  • SNR: 68.5dB
  • Operating Systems Supported: Windows 7 (32-/64-bit) / Vista (32-/64-bit) / XP (32-bit) / Server 2003 & 2008 (32-/64-bit) / 2000
  • Model #: IC-510012-S2
  • Item #: N82E16829270008
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy

Creative Labs Creative Labs Creative Labs Creative Sound Blaster Audigy RX 7.1 PCIe Sound Card with 600 ohm Headphone Amp
  (17)
  •  7.1 Channels
  •  24-bit 192KHz
  •  PCI Express x1 Interface...
  • Audio Chipset: Creative E-MU
  • Sample Rate: 192KHz
  • Digital Audio: 24-bit
  • SNR: 106dB
  • Model #: 70SB155000001
  • Item #: N82E16829102063
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

ASUS ASUS ASUS ASUS XONAR DSX 7.1 Channels PCI Express x1 Interface Audio Card
  (50)
  •  PCI Express x1, 7.1 Chan...
  •  GX2.5 for realistic 3D g...
  •  DTS Connect technology f...
  • Audio Chipset: ASUS AV66
  • Sample Rate: 192KHz
  • Digital Audio: 24-bit
  • SNR: Up to 107dB
  • Model #: XONAR DSX
  • Item #: N82E16829132053
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy

7.1 Channel USB External Sound Card Audio Adapter
  (2)
  • $1.46 
  • Free Shipping

ASUS ASUS ASUS ASUS Essence STX II PCI Express x1 Interface Hi-Fi Quality Sound Card
  (7)
  •  24-bit 192KHz
  •  PCI Express x1 Interface...
  • Audio Chipset: ASUS AV100
  • Sample Rate: 192KHz
  • Digital Audio: 24-bit
  • SNR: 124dB
  • Model #: ESSENCE STX II
  • Item #: N82E16829132072
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy

ES One pcs 4 Channel 5.1 Surround 3D PCI Sound Audio Card for PC MS Windows US 1
  • $17.20
  • $6.88 
  • Save: 60%
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PCI-E PCI Express 8 Channel 7.1 SPDIF Audio Sound Card PC windows7/8
  • $59.00
  • $29.98 
  • Save: 49%
  • Free Shipping

  •  5.1 Channels
  •  USB Interface
  • Line In: Yes
  • Line Out: Yes
  • MIC In: Yes
  • Package Contents: USB 5.1 Channel Audio Adapter Application Software CD Quick Installation Guide
  • Model #: AA1500
  • Item #: N82E16829126101
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $21.99
  • $16.00  $17.99
  • 1$17.99
  • 2-5$17.50
  • 6-11$16.90
  • 12+$16.00
  • Save: 18%
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Creative Labs Creative Labs Creative Labs Creative SOUND BLASTER PLAY! 2 USB Interface Sound Card
  (3)
  •  USB Interface
  • External Box: Yes
  • System Requirements: For Windows OS Intel Core2 Duo processor 2.2 GHz, AMD Athlon 64x2 Dual Core or equivalent processor Microsoft Windows 8 32-bit or 64-bit, Windows 7 32-bit or 64-bit, Windows Vista 32-bit or 64-bit CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive for software installation 1 GB RAM 600 MB of free hard disk space Available USB 1.1, 2.0 or 3.0 port For Mac OS Intel Core 2 Duo processor 2.8 GHz Mac OS X 10.6.8 and above CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive for software installation 1 GB RAM 600 MB of free hard disk space Available USB 2.0 port
  • Part: 70SB162000000
  • Package Contents: Sound Blaster Play! 2 Splitter Cable, Length 0.11m Quick Start Leaflet Installation CD
  • Model #: PLAY! 2
  • Item #: N82E16829102075
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy

ASUS ASUS ASUS ASUS Xonar DG 5.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Card
  (457)
  •  PCI v2.2, 5.1 Channels
  •  Dolby Headphone for an ...
  •  GX2.5 for realistic 3D a...
  • Audio Chipset: C-Media CMI8786
  • Sample Rate: 96KHz
  • Digital Audio: 24-bit
  • SNR: 105dB
  • Model #: Xonar DG
  • Item #: N82E16829132020
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy

Creative Labs Creative Labs Creative Labs Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi HD USB Interface Sound Card
  (29)
  •  24-bit 96KHz
  •  USB Interface
  • Sample Rate: 96KHz
  • External Box: Yes
  • Digital Audio: 24-bit
  • SNR: 114dB
  • Model #: Sound Blaster X-Fi HD
  • Item #: N82E16829102032
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

ASUS ASUS ASUS ASUS Xonar Essence STX Virtual 7.1 Channels PCI Express x1 Interface 124 dB SNR / Headphone AMP Card
  (240)
  •  PCI Express x1 7.1 Chann...
  •  124dB SNR Rating
  •  Built in Headphone Amp
  • Audio Chipset: ASUS AV100
  • Sample Rate: 192KHz
  • Digital Audio: 24-bit
  • SNR: 118 dB Input Signal-to-Noise Ratio 124 dB for Front-out 110 dB for Headphone-out
  • Model #: Xonar Essence STX
  • Item #: 9SIA0AJ3UB7489
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy
  • $349.89 
  • Free Shipping

ASUS ASUS ASUS ASUS Xonar U3 USB Interface Sound Card
  (12)
  •  16-bit 48KHz
  •  USB Interface
  •  Smart Volume Normalizer
  • Audio Chipset: ASUS UA100
  • Sample Rate: 48KHz
  • Digital Audio: 16-bit
  • SNR: 100dB
  • Model #: Xonar U3
  • Item #: N82E16829132022
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Sound Cards

All computers that can play audio already have sound cards. However, not all PCs come equipped with sound cards that can produce the type of audio you want. If you use a computer as a home theater, music player, or gaming system, it is ideal to have the capability for 5.1 surround sound. 5.1 means there are five speakers and one subwoofer.

Sound cards send different audio signals to each of the five speakers, so the speakers all play a different portion of the overall sound. Rather than simply hearing the audio from a computer, a listener becomes immersed in whatever is playing. This intensifies the video gaming experience and enhances your enjoyment of music and movies.

Sound Card Features to Look for

If you plan on using a computer to record or play music, consider purchasing a sound card with MIDI. MIDI is a standard for connecting electronic musical instruments. Having MIDI is especially helpful to musicians who like to write and record their own songs. With the right software programs and a sound card with MIDI, it is possible for one musician to play five different instruments (one at a time) and then overlap the recordings together to make one song on the computer.

Other important sound card specifications include whether or not the card has a microphone plug, and the operating systems that can read the card. It is especially important to check this latter detail if you are using an older operating system. Some of the newer sound cards only work with newer operating systems. Here at Newegg, we have dozens of sound cards that can transform your computer into a state-of-the-art stereo system. Our electronics are sold at discounted prices, so you will find quality products at great values on our website.

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