I am a avid tech fan and have recently (last few years) gotten into building machines. I am finally satisfied with my machine and periphals, but I am always on the lookout for ways to improve my system. I have never been too much of an audiophile before and have relied on integrated sound for as long as I care to remember. However, I recently got a chance to listen to some movies, music, and games on a friend's machine with a dedicated sound card and was thoroughly impressed. I have since been eyeing Asus Xonar DG because of its review on TR and its attractive $23 price on Newegg.
As I stated before I have never had a sound card before and I am not too sure as to how they work so here is my situation: I have the Corsair HS1 headset and love it, but it has a USB connection as opposed to the standard 3.5mm jack that I would plug in to the sound card (if i had one). So my question would be, does a discrete sound card matter at all when the headset is connected via USB, or does the sound card only affect peripherals plugged directly into the card itself?
Thanks for any input.
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