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Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Tim S, 1 Jul 2007.

  1. Tim S

    Tim S OG

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  2. Ramble

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    How can the fact that the X-Fi sounds better on HL2 be put down to EAX when HL2 doesn't support EAX or any sound accel?
     
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    Sorry, badly worded by myself. :S I meant in general, but it read straight on from the last sentence.

    It still sounds better on the X-Fi, I don't know what it does but it just feels more accurate. :blush:
     
  4. Chronic

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    Great review but was wondering do you know if this is Compatible with 5.1 Digital Speakers, you do mention something about a Digital out but needs a toshlink adapter never heard of this before so might be very interested if this is Full 5.1 Digital now..

    Thanks..
     
  5. Guest-23315

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    Nice and very informative review there Rich.

    Will there be any reviews of the Xtreme Audio card (£30 or so)?
     
  6. Guest-16

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    The PCI-Express one with no X-Fi processor? Possibly, we can ask.

    Chronic: The toslink cables have a square plug, but you need a square to 3.5mm "pointy" adapter. You can buy them from some electronics or A/V shops as well, you don't have to go to Creative. The S/PDIF out supports the same modes as standard analogue out afaik, I've not got digital speakers nor the adapter unfortunately :( I've been meaning to get round to asking someone for a proper amp but we don't do that many soundcard reviews.
     
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    Bought one myself just recently, gotta agree with that statement, it seems all games I play have a big boost in sound quality even if none of the sound settings have changed :D

    There's an OEM version going for 75$ at Newegg btw


    Although, when I installed my X-Fi drivers, I didn't get the control panel and all.. odd.
     
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    I guess I'll try installing from CD instead of downloading them
     
  10. atanum141

    atanum141 I fapped to your post!

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    I like the look of the card and what it has to offer but the software looks far to bloated. My Current Audigy has nothing but the drivers & small control panel. Thats what i want with the X-Fi.
     
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    When installing the drivers you can choose all the different software components you want to add/remove, there's a lot, so you have the choice on what to add/remove :)
    Though honestly, it may seem bloated, but it's had no effect on my boot/load times

    Edit: My only complaint bout this card is that it's bringing out the cheapness of my speakers :p
     
  12. Spacecowboy92

    Spacecowboy92 Gettin' Lazy

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    I always wondered why they put those environment effects on, they work well and sound convincing but who wants to listen to music in a sewer pipe?
     
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    Or a cathedral hall? Or inside a trash can? Or through a vocoder?
     
  14. Cupboard

    Cupboard I'm not a modder.

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    toshlink=toslink?
    are they the same thing, or is one a new version of the other? or maybe a Creative thing?
     
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    "toshlink=toslink?"

    exactly what i was wondering!
     
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    Nah it's they hyperbolic equivalent :p
     
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    Yes, it's Toslink :blush:

    It's designer was Toshiba, so the association is in my brain :rolleyes:

    Wiki is awesome: It's a mini-Toslink jack uses a TRS connector
     
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    Arg I was all ready to abandon creative sound cards when it came time for a new one, but this sounds nice to the point that I might have to pick one up whenever I do my Vista+DX10 upgrade.
     
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    Cthippo Can't mod my way out of a paper bag

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    Did they ever get the linux drivers sorted? I've still get an Xfi collecting dust in my case because of a lack of driver support
     
  20. dom_

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    Speakers are analogue.
    A "digital" speaker is an active speaker (one with its own amplifier) that has a dac built in or is a true digital amp (most class d's are not).
    A "proper" amp wont help as a "proper" amp would be i assume a power amp. Which will only have a single analogue input.
    A line stage or pre amplifier allows multiple sources to be used and allows you to adjust gain etc.
    A dac is a digital analogue converter.
    Something with two or more of the above is an intergrated amp.

    In the interests of testing audio gear i would hope that you had the above available, as testing with active pc speakers or headphone plugged directly to soundcards can not allow you to assess sound quality. You need something better you need hi-fi components. Not PC components.
     
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