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Poll Results: Pick the best price/performance ratio card

 
  • 10% (4)
    HT | OMEGA STRIKER
  • 29% (11)
    HT | OMEGA CLARO Plus+
  • 8% (3)
    HT | OMEGA Claro Halo
  • 21% (8)
    ASUS Xonar DX
  • 2% (1)
    ASUS Xonar D2
  • 27% (10)
    ASUS Xonar Essence STX
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post #41 of 51
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Alright thanks for that. I would stick with Asus if I didn't have this damn issue with their card. And I believe HT Omega is probably another top vendor in the market for sound cards at least.
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One last bump, I'm going to order today, but just wanted to be sure that the price difference between the Striker and Claro + is justified for the difference in quality. Anyone know?
according to this review:

Pros: crisp clean sound, very well made, great customer service from HT Omega, this card would be great for xp users because it will be 24bit 96 Khz

Cons: not good for win 7/vista, this card is only 16bit 48 Khz. it still sounds ok but the sound is thin. For some reason the win 7 drivers can only produce 16bit if they were to make better drivers this card would be great.

Other Thoughts: Ht Omega let me RMA this card and pay the up charge to get the Claro. The Claro is great for Win 7/Vista but I would have been happy with the Striker if it would have been 24bit. Ht Omega makes quality products and has great customer service. I will never buy from Creative Labs again
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post #43 of 51
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Thanks for that GTR, guess I'll get the Claro + then.
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post #44 of 51
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-e 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+.
Edited by Dukman - 7/10/11 at 5:39pm
post #45 of 51
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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!
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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!

That's actually good to hear. I much appreciate the input.

I should clarify that not everything that I read about the ASUS cards were bad. I also read much that pretty much reinforced everything you stated.
post #47 of 51
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Well to clarify what my problem was, it was in the card itself. I posted on the unified drivers site about the problem thinking it was a driver issue, but they told me its a well known problem for ASUS cards (Of course it doesn't seem to happen often, I just got the short end of the straw).
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Alright ordered it, I'll post my thoughts on it later this week. I'm wondering now what a good pair of headphones would be. I see a lot of people using Audio Technica now. Currently I have Sennheiser HD-555, but are the Technica headphones supposed to be better quality?
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post #49 of 51
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Alright ordered it, I'll post my thoughts on it later this week. I'm wondering now what a good pair of headphones would be. I see a lot of people using Audio Technica now. Currently I have Sennheiser HD-555, but are the Technica headphones supposed to be better quality?
AD700s have a larger soundstage, while the HD555s are more neutral and have a little more bass presence. Some people find Sennheiser sound "boring", though I've never understood that. A lot of people do prefer ADs, but I have a feeling a lot of that is bandwagon effect. It's impossible to say what your individual opinion will be, but you should be happy with either.

@ the OP I'm surprised at the poll results. The Xonar DG is probably the best bang-for-buck card ever, but the DX/D1 isn't far behind. It has problems with Bad Company 2, but that's about the only downside I've found on it. Sounds just as good as Omega in 99% of applications at comparable prices, and I've never once had a driver issue. It's funny people bring up drivers, because I switched to an ASUS precisely for driver stability.
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Update: Card is real nice. I noticed an improvement over the Xonar D1 had, not a huge one, but still an upgrade I don't regret. Main concern is if it fixed the problem I had with sound randomly dropping in the right ear. So I'll post back in a few days, if it's still existent or not.
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