I think all of these are supported but the Sound Blaster and Asus card has the best overall sound? I was curious about the Creative support in Linux, though. There were reviews back about the drivers but if I use a distro with 2.6.32+, it will probably have at least ALSA 1.0.22, right?
The Xonar DX has a C-Media CMI8788 chipset (then what is AV-100??)? It might be the most compatible or problem free?
I don't want to go over, say $80, for a card. I figure that is good enough. If it's lower, that's a bonus.
Any recommendations? Or other sound card suggestions?
For Music and Movies, any sound card will do, including on-board sound. If you're worried about sound quality: if you don't have $2000 speakers and sitting for 2 hours listening to differences in samples, then there is none.
Well, I had onboard sound with a Gigabyte board. It was okay but I thought I heard static sometimes and the Graphic Equalizer (Kmix) only had a few settings. After, I added an Audigy 2ZS, there were way more settings and the sound was really crisp. I could wear headphones and it was crystal clear.
The onboard sound is a Realtek ALC1200 sound card. I believe that's supported via ALSA but not sure the quality. Apparently, I don't have to worry about it?