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A/V Suggestions for soundcards...

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by tmod, 25 Nov 2004.

  1. tmod

    tmod What's a Dremel?

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    Purpose is mainly listening to music on my 5.1 system (cheap Altec Lansings...), although I do game some. I don't particularly have a price ceiling, although cheaper is better. The ones I've looked at so far will give you a general idea of my price range...

    M-Audio Revolution 5.1
    Creative Audigy 2
    Terratec Aureon 5.1
    Turtle Beach Santa Cruz

    Any experience with these cards or brands anyone?

    Also, I'm wondering if many sound card makers are expected to start to produce cards that use PCIe...because an NForce4/Xpress200/K8T890 board will probably be one of my next purchases as well. TIA. :thumb:
     
  2. Shadowspawn

    Shadowspawn Another hated American.

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    I'm very happy with my Audigy 2 ZS, although I think the Turtle Beach is supposed to have better sound quality. Honestly though, unless you have top quality speakers and are extremely picky about your sound I don't think you are going to notice differences with those cards.
     
  3. penski

    penski BodMod

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    Don't.
    Buy.
    Creative.

    *n
     
  4. dead_man

    dead_man Confucious say: WTF???

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    can
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  5. penski

    penski BodMod

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    Bad drivers.

    Bad Hardware.

    False advertising.

    Terrible support.

    They claim that the Audigy is a 'true 24/96' chip.

    In reality, the Audigy chip samples at a fixed 48KHz which means it uses software resampling to do anything. CDs and most audio sources are sampled at 44.1KHz. This software resampling introduces artifacts into the waveform and degrades audio quality.

    Don't buy a Creative, please.

    Go for M-Audio or Terratec.

    *n
     
  6. Rich_13

    Rich_13 What's a Dremel?

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    still it's prob best for gaming.... and in game effects.. (the audigy 2 zs)
    I like my soundstorm :D
    turtle beach is made by creative and I think it's just specialised for music production or something (probably wrong, not sure) :sigh:
     
  7. penski

    penski BodMod

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    :rolleyes:

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  8. Guest-16

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    That's true. The software then doesnt work with other codecs in the system, like if you install stuff for video etc. You install the drivers, 5.1 works great, install anything else and its back to stereo :rolleyes: Not only that, they stopped updating my Exitigy drivers after 1 driver release 2 years ago.
     
  9. Fod

    Fod what is the cheesecake?

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    they do that, it sucks.

    you can get pro sound adapters which will give you lots of bang...

    unfortunately they also take lots of buck too.
     
  10. tmod

    tmod What's a Dremel?

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    I've narrowed the choices some I think...the M-Audio Rev. 5.1 is nearly 2x the price of these two at most places it seems.

    TerraTec Aureon 5.1 Fun

    ...or...

    Turtle Beach Santa Cruz

    TBH, I'm leaning toward the Santa Cruz, but not for sound reasons really... :blah:
     
  11. banished

    banished Necromodder

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    I have an audigy EX Plat (in the wife's comp now since I upgraded to an M-Audio REv 7.1. I haven't looked back. As mentioned before, creative drivers are crap, I seem to always have a problem getting anything except the most rudimentary sound to work (and sometimes that too), and the sound quality isn't always the greatest. But, on the other hand, the M-audio is worth every penny in my opinion. Great sound quality, and drivers worked right out of the box as well as some of the best sound quality I've ever heard from a computer; I highly recommend it.
     

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