Need a decent PCI-Express Low Profile Sound card.

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I got Dell Precision T1700 (SFF) that is now serving bedroom (HTPC Netflix and music) duty.
I'm using a Carver HR-722 with a pair of JBL Northridge (I forget the # but the plastic out door ones) anyway the Dell has a cheap RealTek 2-Channel on board audio chipset that sucks (Well it is a business class PC so audio is not really the main use of it).

I have a Samsung 40" TV that I have hooked to a Display Port to HDMI and the headphone out goes to the Carver (even this sounds better then the on-board RealTek) but I use it for music to fall asleep to and if I shut the TV off (this TV does have a backlight off mode but I have to do it though the menus no single press discrete key like my Sony does) the audio goes away as well.

So I need a cheap low profile PCI-Express sound card as the SFF version of the Precision T1700 has no conventional PCI slots (If it did I would be covered here LoL).
I don't know the first thing about add-in sound cards as I have not needed one since by first PC (I built that when I was 16 in the year 2000).
The Dell has 2 slots one being a PCI-e 16x Gen 3 and the other being a 4x gen 2 (but the slot looks to have no end cap EX: a longer card can fit with no modifications needed).

I think add-in sound cards are only 1x anyway?

Thank You in advance.
 

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^^ that and just change the .ca to .com. it also way cheaper in US...
 

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https://www.newegg.ca/asus-xonar-se/p/N82E16829132086

Canadian storefront, but this would be my recommendation.

This looks like it will do the job and on the plus side it even has an optical out if I get a newer receiver in the bedroom but the Carver was a gift as the person who gave it to me said the balance pot had to be just right for both channels to be on.
That was easily fixed. I even found the original sales receipt taped to the under-side of the Carver!

^^ that and just change the .ca to .com. it also way cheaper in US...

rub it in why dont you.
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rub it in why dont you.
in the same boat...
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I got Dell Precision T1700 (SFF) that is now serving bedroom (HTPC Netflix and music) duty.
I'm using a Carver HR-722 with a pair of JBL Northridge (I forget the # but the plastic out door ones) anyway the Dell has a cheap RealTek 2-Channel on board audio chipset that sucks (Well it is a business class PC so audio is not really the main use of it).

I have a Samsung 40" TV that I have hooked to a Display Port to HDMI and the headphone out goes to the Carver (even this sounds better then the on-board RealTek) but I use it for music to fall asleep to and if I shut the TV off (this TV does have a backlight off mode but I have to do it though the menus no single press discrete key like my Sony does) the audio goes away as well.

So I need a cheap low profile PCI-Express sound card as the SFF version of the Precision T1700 has no conventional PCI slots (If it did I would be covered here LoL).
I don't know the first thing about add-in sound cards as I have not needed one since by first PC (I built that when I was 16 in the year 2000).
The Dell has 2 slots one being a PCI-e 16x Gen 3 and the other being a 4x gen 2 (but the slot looks to have no end cap EX: a longer card can fit with no modifications needed).

I think add-in sound cards are only 1x anyway?

Thank You in advance.
Why not get a cheap AV amp and use the HDMI audio return channel from your tv. You'd have an option for surround also later.
 

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Why not get a cheap AV amp and use the HDMI audio return channel from your tv. You'd have an option for surround also later.

2 reasons

1. I don't think my 2012 Samsung TV supports that.
2. I still want audio if the TV is turned off as I also use this as a music player I am currently using the Display Port audio VIA an Display Port to HDMI adapter and the line out on the TV to the Carver HR-722 as the RealTek is so horrible even this "kludge" of a solution has better quality then the
onboard RealTek solution on the Dell

My main PC also has RealTek audio as some others of mine but I think it is just this 2-channel (it is a PC for business use after all so audio is not it's intended use anyway, maybe communications but not music)
 

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Maybe get an external sound card or usb dac to do that instead of limiting yourself to low profile cards only, plus then you can move them to a regular pc later on or whatever.
 

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Maybe get an external sound card or usb dac to do that instead of limiting yourself to low profile cards only, plus then you can move them to a regular pc later on or whatever.

I'd rather had an internal card as where the PC & TV and other stuff sits not much room for anything else, plus the Asus card that travm linked to has both the standard and low-profile brackets. Also $40 + the damn required internet sales tax (tax free internet shopping was fun while it lasted LoL) is not that much to spend + I can use it in another build latter as it has both brackets as I said.
 

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OK Thank You all problem solved I searched Asus XONAR on eBay and I found This so I bought it I got it the other day and I can say wow a big improvement over the onboard sound card solution.
Not 100% needed but I wonder if I can find or make an adapter for the card to make the front panel microphone & headphone jacks on the Dell work?
 

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Not 100% needed but I wonder if I can find or make an adapter for the card to make the front panel microphone & headphone jacks on the Dell work?
it looks like a custom header on the board, so i doubt theres an adapter. BUT, the card does have the needed header, so you could trace the wires, pull them from the cable and splice on a standard hd audio head. the wires might even be the standard color coding inside the black cover.
 
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