Need A New Sound Card
Posted 23 February 2010 - 04:46 PM
And yes, I always skipped upgrading my sound card when upgrading the rest of my system, I'm cheap that way.
Now I have to upgrade into something more fancy than my half-fried rusty vintage model, but I'm completely out of the loop when it comes to sound cards.
What I'm looking for is optimal audio for headphones & 5.1 speakers, and a good quality-price ratio. Maybe something new from Creative?
Posted 24 February 2010 - 07:43 AM
I know this because I just assembled a new system from scratch (the POS I got from Best Buy last week is getting returned today). And *man* is it sweet. And yeah, I'm using onboard audio and it doesn't sound any different than the sound I got with the sound card in my old rig.
Posted 24 February 2010 - 01:56 PM
On Win 7 x64 pro, my X-Fi is having troubles with a number of new games. Disabling back to the RealTek onboard is working better than having a soundcard installed and enabled. Creative has dropped the ball several times on driver support, for whatever reason (I suspect it is less their fault than it is a dedicated move by other companies to cut them out of a profit loop, but that is sheer uninformed speculation on my part). It has gotten bad enough that I am thinking of building an older machine designed as a Sibelius workstation with a decent keyboard, and gaming on the big rig.
EDIT: By the way, opening CoH and playing under Vista x64 or win 7 with or without Alchemy enabled = "crackling on my 5.1 set & randomly changing volume levels" from me, too with a 1 year old Creative X-Fi. So you just saved some cash. So far, months of looking around have popped up arcane stuff like latency issues and such.
Edited by cmorgan, 24 February 2010 - 02:00 PM.
Posted 24 February 2010 - 10:22 PM
Based on your comments, I don't really know what to do exactly, but I certainly can't take the sound of my onboard audio, it just sucks. I wonder if there are any Audigy 2 cards in unopened packages still... I could probably get one for spare change now.
Any more opinions in the light of these facts?
Posted 25 February 2010 - 12:09 AM
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Posted 26 February 2010 - 08:20 PM
Archmage Silver, if you go for a dedicated card, I agree on going midline and going Creative old school, because of Alchemy. With that, you can get older games with positional audio and EAX working on most cards.
Posted 26 February 2010 - 10:19 PM
As an additional note, I'm still running Windows XP Pro SP3, so any issues with later operating systems aren't an issue for me yet.
Edited by Archmage Silver, 26 February 2010 - 10:21 PM.
Posted 04 March 2010 - 01:20 PM
Edited by Archmage Silver, 04 March 2010 - 01:21 PM.
Posted 06 March 2010 - 03:11 PM
Posted 06 March 2010 - 04:25 PM
I also opted to skip changing the sound mode from Gaming to Entertainment altogether, so that the Master Volume doesn't reset etc. Music sounds pretty much the same in Game mode anyway, and gaming is what I do more than listening to music, so that mode serves me best with the least hassle.
Did I ever mention I hate upgrading hardware? I always spend a ridiculous amount of time on calibrating it and making sure it works like it should.
Edited by Archmage Silver, 18 March 2010 - 12:51 PM.
Posted 08 March 2010 - 06:02 AM
Overall Grade: A-
Good purchase for me.
Edited by Archmage Silver, 08 March 2010 - 06:03 AM.
Posted 18 March 2010 - 12:54 PM
Posted 03 April 2010 - 09:21 AM
I recently went from on-board to an Asus Xonar DX with a pair of HD555 headphones. The quality is incredible and adds so much to the immersion of games I wish I would of upgraded years ago. I could not go back.
Edited by rtr86, 03 April 2010 - 09:22 AM.
Posted 20 April 2010 - 03:21 PM
Posted 21 April 2010 - 08:43 AM