Are sound cards a meme? If not are should they only be used by professionals that are editing sound, or can they give benefits to plebeians who just want their voices to sound nice over VOIP. Also what brand sound card is the best to buy
I bought the Asus Xonar Essence and it's great for music and the software is functional. My regret is that it picks up interference from my graphics card while it's under load.
TL;DR Get an external DAC
Check what sound card is in your mobo, it might be a decent one that is onboard. If that isn't the case you should check up on what you actually need. For personal play music uses pretty much any mid-tier sound card will do. If you have headphones that require a lot of power then you might need a DAC. Since you are asking I assume you are in the personal "I only play music and play games" group, so any mid-tier sound card will do. Brand doesn't matter.
>Are sound cards a meme?
Depends how rubbish your onboard is. I bought a ASUS Xonar off my mate because he stopped using it because my onboard chip sounds like rubbish with headphones.
By now the onboard sound card is good enough for everyday use.
When you're a professional, what you're looking for aren't soundcards but DACs and ADCs with specific input ports (XLR with 48V DC for example) that have ASIO/JACK drivers.
Stated that I only listen to music, have a stereo amp and headphones worth around 150 EUR and an on bird which isn't bad: should I invest in a soundcard or a DAC and what would you recommend a semi poorfag/cheapfag?
You are retarded, you don't need an overpriced, laggy usb mic with the Scarlet. You just buy a good mic and connect it to the interface. That way you get better quality and very low latency.