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Originally Posted by Crag View Post
Nice points
but i will absolutely get the DX why?:

DX has higher audio quality high (SnR 118db) while 107 for HT striker
sample rate/resolution @ 192khz even for multi channels outputs
has the GX2.5 that emulate Creaties EAX up to EAX5.0 (with really good results) while EAX2 for the Striker
and ASUS is known for its stable drivers and software and many reviews complained about the Striker`s software stability

frankly the Striker only beats the DX in some I/O ports has extra SPDIFs in/out which come in handy for more advanced audio setups thing that normal users don't use it much

and one more point ,as RagingCain siad ,the DX is PCIe while the Striker is PCI so if you are thinking about a card that will last in your rig in case you have updated to 2 GPUs then the Striker will have no place to install
so again i will say the go with the DX

hope that helped
those are just specs your eardrum will burst when you go past 110

EAX Sfx thx c3d whatever they call it its just fancy name for pure and simple dolby which fakes surround on stereo speakers for positional audio.
Edited by Spooony - 5/9/11 at 4:39pm
post #12 of 53
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Originally Posted by mim3tic View Post
Totally False!

I would have agreed this statement had you have said it before the Release of the TITANIUM HD. Last Creative Driver was FEB 2011 BTW. All of the problems and negative points you listed are no longer valid anymore with creative's latest Card which includes Native WIN 7 x64 Drivers that they built from scratch.
Titanium HD drivers don't apply to older cards such as mine, and will not let you install them.

The X-FI HD is out of his budget anyway, therefore it wasn't even suggested.

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Nothing impressive in comparison to todays high end sound cards, really OMEGA was good back when it first came out but the STX and TITANIUN HD offer better specs and features.
That is just plain incorrect, Creative is only just now making a sound card that can do what an STX or Halo have been doing for years now. Even if their drivers, miraculously do work well, you don't erase the previous... half a decade of shoddy support/drivers.

Don't be a fanboy, nobody was even talking or suggesting their new card and its out of the OP's budget he was looking for.
Edited by RagingCain - 5/9/11 at 7:22pm
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post #13 of 53
The HT Omega Striker 7.1 is a very solid card.

Dunno how it compares to Asus in real life.. Friend of mine got the Striker. Very clear sounding card over his x-fi (Auzentech something) which was more expensive.
    
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post #14 of 53
Wow now I'm a creative fanboy. ODD never owned Creative throughout the last decade. I figured that I would be doing the members here a service by actually stating facts rather than spreading mis-information. Let's try to stick with facts rather than resorting to calling me a fandoy, Deal?

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The X-FI HD is out of his budget anyway, therefore it wasn't even suggested
Yet you made this statment to which I initially responded to.

"IF you are into high-end audio, with clarity, and high sampling rates, do not get an X-Fi. They are not the best choice for this, and have some of the highest prices.

Your statment above is a load of BS which illustrates you either have a grudge against creative or your just out of touch with todays technology. The mere fact that you mention "HIGH END AUDIO" suggests exactly that HIGH END, which would be either the ASUS ST/X, Titanium HD and your precious OMEGA.


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Creative is only just now making a sound card that can do what an STX or Halo have been doing for years now. Even if their drivers, miraculously do work well, you don't erase the previous... half a decade of shoddy support/drivers.
Sounds to me like your making excuses now. So because creative has become competitive in the high end since June of 2010 this some how negates them as a viable alternative? I guess you stated it best in one of your previous posts, "So you must take my opinion with a grain of salt."

I will and hope many others do just that.
post #15 of 53
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Originally Posted by Spooony View Post
those are just specs your eardrum will burst when you go past 110

EAX Sfx thx c3d whatever they call it its just fancy name for pure and simple dolby which fakes surround on stereo speakers for positional audio.
1)

SNR which is signal to noise ratio is not how loud it can go. It is basically how large the noise floor is e.g. how much signal do you get until you get significant noise from the signal.

2)

Dolby and CMSS-3D is not one and the same. Both are different algorthims, however both are surround sound DSPs

3)
I am sick of correct your misinfomation every single time tbh

4)

crag, 192 kHz is nothing but a marketing scheme. The only reason 192 kHz sampling rate was developed was because the marketers wanted it. There is little to no practical use for it.
post #16 of 53
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1)


crag, 192 kHz is nothing but a marketing scheme. The only reason 192 kHz sampling rate was developed was because the marketers wanted it. There is little to no practical use for it.
But it adds additional magical sound enhancing 0's and 1's which make us all feel warm and fuzzy inside
post #17 of 53
The DXs are great cards. I have one if you are interested in buying it. PM if interested
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I ended up going with the Xonar DX. I have just put it in and installed the drivers and right now I am speechless. I just randomly tested a track from my Zune collection and it's like I'm hearing a different recording of it. There are literally sounds I was not able to hear with my on-board audio. There are subtle percussive elements I am now hearing for the first time in this track and the cello and violin parts sound so broad and clear.

Best thing I've done for my computer since the SSD. Thanks for everyone's input. I'll be listening to music all day today.
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I ended up going with the Xonar DX. I have just put it in and installed the drivers and right now I am speechless. I just randomly tested a track from my Zune collection and it's like I'm hearing a different recording of it. There are literally sounds I was not able to hear with my on-board audio. There are subtle percussive elements I am now hearing for the first time in this track and the cello and violin parts sound so broad and clear.

Best thing I've done for my computer since the SSD. Thanks for everyone's input. I'll be listening to music all day today.
Exactly. From this point on, you will never want to go back to a worse audio device on the computer.
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The best way to explain a sound card's difference is like listening to a 360p youtube video MP3(on board) and then turning on HD 1080p MP3 (sound card).

You're basically listening to the same song and if 360p sounds great for you, by happy, but you definitely notice sounds not there in the 1080p video that weren't there in the 360p video.
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