Originally posted by molsen
if you're really into quality sound (which i think you are), don't fall into the trap of paying extra for soundcards with "enhancers" and "crystalizers".... if you truly want good soundquality, get some well-balanced speakers (try before you buy!!) and clean sound from the soundcard. a good setup should need little equalization and almost no "enhancements"... keep that in mind when making your decision.
in the end, just trust your ears.
The only "flaw" with this theory is that ANY speaker you buy WILL sound different in YOUR space than it did in the store, therefore I disagree with the little equalization. You will need as much equlization as your ears and the room wants to get the sound you are happy with, as every room is not the same; what is on the walls, are there walls at all, the size of the room, placed in a corner of the room as opposed to along the wall, blah, blah, blah.
But yes you have to trust your ears, just trust them in your own room and not the store.
Now, if we all lived in an anechoic chamber, that would be a different story.