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I thought I commented on this when you first posted, but anyways, my main issues are you cannot really judge a sound card based on specs--especially SNR since once you get to a certain point, it is near impossible to hear a difference. Also sample rate is good and all, only if your source recording is the same rate and you can output bit-perfect. Most games/music are probably 44.1KHz or maybe 48KHz, so 96 or 192 even are not really a great way to determine a sound card since you would not be using that. It really depends on the audio processor on each card. I personally am a fan of the CMI8788 which Auzentech and HT Omega use. And Auzentech especially since I can upgrade/replace my opamps. I have not tried Creative's X-Fi series at all, but I don't care for Creative too much. ASUS seems to have decent cards, but again I am already sold on Auzentech.
   
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Sorry all i think i made a mistake here so i deleted the Ranks cause YES somebody will get mislead by it (someone gave me Terrible on thread rank:sad-smile)
so since the i got no negatives about the guide so will keep it hope it will help

sorry again i just wanted to help smile.gif

Edited by Crag - 5/3/11 at 2:47pm
    
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Hey, don't beat yourself up over it. Why don't you make a list of the most important specifications for a sound card and put together more of a database rather than a ranking?
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Hey, don't beat yourself up over it. Why don't you make a list of the most important specifications for a sound card and put together more of a database rather than a ranking?

This. I was hoping for a guide as to what each option meant, followed by a database-type for all the current cards on the market. Maybe a google spreadsheet so that it can updated?
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I would think something along these lines: http://www.overclock.net/amd-cpus/1005739-what-unlocks-unlockable-cpu-reference-list.html for soundcards. I'm sure he would help you get a spreadsheet embedded too if you needed the help.
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post #26 of 28
Quote:
Originally Posted by Crag;13369643 
Sorry all i think i made a mistake here so i deleted the Ranks cause YES somebody will get mislead by it (someone gave me Terrible on thread rank:sad-smile)
so since the i got no negatives about the guide so will keep it hope it will help

sorry again i just wanted to help smile.gif

I would love to see the list, would you consider listing the cards in tiers?

Like top tier bottom and mid?

Then people can see what is consider a good sound card and compare which of those in mid or top tier they would like to purchase?
Edited by lilraver018 - 5/9/11 at 2:07pm
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post #27 of 28
I'd also like to see the "What to look for in a sound card" expanded a bit. The rankings definitely are a controversial bit, but I think that if you were to expand on the different features of sound cards even more (what makes them unique/diff from each other, go more into the "scoring" of each card, etc), it could be a very worthwhile guide. Info on what to look for in a sound card would definitely be useful here.
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I would suggest trying to stay away from the scoring aspect, just as (from what I have heard/seen) judging sound cards a bit different than just judging say, video cards/cpus (where even in here there is a ton of grey area,bias).

Ieatfish - thats what I'm talking about!
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