Originally Posted by Dukman
This is the exact dilemma that I'm currently pondering. ASUS or HT Omega.
Thanks to me not paying attention to the layout of my new mobo, my Auzentech card won't work. (PCI card on a board with PCI-s slots only - No bueno) So I need to get a replacement soundcard. I'm currently using the "Quantum Wave" SC that came with the mobo and it's only marginally better than your typical onboard.
I'm also leaning heavily towards the HT Omega cards. ASUS has a couple that look interesting, but from all the research that I've done so far, the ASUS cards have driver issues and random twitchiness. While the HT Omega cards appear to not only be solid stable cards but also have solid drivers behind them.
I've been looking at the eClaro as that's the only PCI-e card that HT Omega makes.
It's going to be a little bit longer till I get the soundcard, so I'll keep track of this thread and hopefully you'll post up what you think of the Claro+.
Just some feedback from someone who recently purchased a Xonar ST about 2 weeks ago.
I'd heard about these much maligned driver issues before I bought my card, and fully expected that I would have to endure some insidious gauntlet of errors and incompatibilities to get my ST running up to par. Surprisingly, I was wrong. I tossed the disk that came with the card (A habit from being a GPU fiend), went onto the asustek website and downloaded the latest drivers, which had just been released aroudn the end of june. This also surprised me since antoher complaint I heard often was that "Asus never updates their drivers". Just lucky I guess to have bought the card right after a driver update.
I downloaded the proper drivers for my OS, WIn7 x64 but did not install them yet. I rebooted my comp, went int othe BIOS and disabled onboard sound, booted up in safe mode, uninstalled any other sound drivers I had installed, adn then ran driver sweeper to mop everything up. I also ran a registry cleaner, but a lot of people feel this is not needed/snake oil. I booted back up regularly and installed the drivers, then rebooted once more. Fiddled around with the settings a bit, made sure all of my sound devices were running in exclusive mdoe to give the Xonar drivers full control of them and everything is working great. Have not come across a single instance of the drivers doing anything bizarre or glitchy. The sound quality is excellent, very crisp and clear, no hiss or static, no detectable jitter. The ST/X is a very neutral sounding card.
Now again, I've only had the card for two weeks so I suppose there is a chance that at some point something could go wrong with the drivers, but I've been using them pretty rigorously and agressively fiddling with all the settings, and still no problems. At one point I even tried out the vaunted unified drivers, and really just didnt like the feel of them compared to the default ones.
Also, I'm not sure what is implied by twitchiness, but I havent experienced anything that would remotely fall into that definition with this card. just my .02$. Happy listening!