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Recommend me a soundcard for a decent 5.1 headset setup :)

Discussion in 'CCL Computers' started by Mattmc91, 1 Mar 2011.

  1. Mattmc91

    Mattmc91 Well-Known Member

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    Any recommendations by the CCL team?
     
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    Nowell @ CCL CCL Customer Services

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  3. Tom @ CCL

    Tom @ CCL AKA: Yewen

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    Depends on your budget, but the X-Fi Titanium is a sound choice!

    Whats the headset your running and the budget?
     
  4. Mattmc91

    Mattmc91 Well-Known Member

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    Cheap as possible, but I've read about a lot of problems with the creative cards?

    Headset is the roccat Kave. Actual 5.1 support <3 the bass is immense with onboard, but that crackles and pops :(
     
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    hummmm your can get a Audigy 2 or a X-Fi Extreme PCI. What was good Back in the day is still good now, your ears hasnt change. I guess you can find one of them for around hummmm 30 Kwid
     
  6. Tom @ CCL

    Tom @ CCL AKA: Yewen

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    Creative tend to have problems with drivers around the release of a new OS recently, be careful with some of the older Audigy cards as they don't get on with Vista or 7 terribly well.

    Basic functionality (think of it as medium-grade onboard audio like the better realtek chips) - http://www.cclonline.com/product-in...ry_id=130&manufacturer_id=0&tid=30sb107100000

    Step up over onboard audio - http://www.cclonline.com/product-in...ry_id=130&manufacturer_id=0&tid=30sb057000000

    As far as a normal person needs to go - http://www.cclonline.com/product-in...ry_id=130&manufacturer_id=0&tid=30sb104200000

    or

    http://www.cclonline.com/product-in...d=130&manufacturer_id=0&tid=90-yaa0f0-0uan00z

    There are higher end cards available that offer a wealth of extra features that some may find useful, they also provide a boost in audio clarity however you do need high quality speakers and source to make the best of them.

    I run onboard audio through my hi-fi separates as the onboard audio on my X58 based motherboard matches my ageing Audio 2 ZS card that cost a pretty penny a few years back.

    (Just in case the boss looks please buy THIS! :D)
     
  7. Mattmc91

    Mattmc91 Well-Known Member

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    Will I recognize the difference between the Xonar DG 5.1 and the DS 7.1? I'm on a fairly tight budget as I said (£30 or so max) but I can push it a little more if needs be.

    this is only to cover the fact that the headphone (green) is a bit crackly on my mobo.
     
  8. Tom @ CCL

    Tom @ CCL AKA: Yewen

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    Honestly if your just gaming you will be fine with the cheaper card.

    There are standards to support etc but if your budget is £30 really not worth going over as you'll be perfectly happy with the cheaper card. :)
     
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    I'd figured as much ^^ I'll check the balance of the bank and pop an order in tomorrow.
     
  10. c.ruel

    c.ruel New Member

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    I have a xonar DG it is awesome, definately get that one if you are on a tight budget. The onboard amp is great and it is a PROPER upgrade from onboard don't let the low price put you off.
     

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