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Hey guys,

I'm looking at getting a sound card in the $100 range of things.

I've been hearing a lot of talk about the ASUS Xonar DX and Creative Labs X-Fi Titanium in this price range.

Are there any other recommendations you guys have?

I'd really like to get the DX but it seems to have all sorts of buggy issues.

Thanks for the help!



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I'm not an audiophile or a genius when it comes to sound cards, but I invested in the X-Fi Titanium Professional a few weeks ago and it's really nice. The difference between onboard is huge and completely noticeable with my Sennhesier 280s and even my z-5500s.

In games everything is much more clear and professional sounding. Specifically speaking Bad Company 2. Very clear and beautiful difference. I've read in Simca's guide that the Asus Xonar DX does not play well with Bad Company 2, I can't say for sure.

Music is leagues better as well, especially with the 'Audio Creation Mode'.

Only huge con I have with this sound card is the drivers. They're a nightmare and the Creative control panel takes ages to load and set options. Anyways, whichever direction you go you'll enjoy a sound card very much, and ignore the sound card "placebo" haters.
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That's disappointing to hear... The biggest complaint with the ASUS DX card was the quality of the drivers too.

The ASUS' EAX5 emulation also seemed to have some problems. Does anyone have a take on EAX5? It seems to be some proprietary Creative Labs technology that's built into games. Is it needed and what games benefit from this feature?
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Originally Posted by greygoose View Post
That's disappointing to hear... The biggest complaint with the ASUS DX card was the quality of the drivers too.

The ASUS' EAX5 emulation also seemed to have some problems. Does anyone have a take on EAX5? It seems to be some proprietary Creative Labs technology that's built into games. Is it needed and what games benefit from this feature?
Nahh .....EAX will help you only in some old games never mind that point , but as mentioned the DX has issues with BC2 so if you are really into this game then i would say to get the Titanium
And the Asus drivers are way better than creative's espiceally in XP

Frankly the only thing that makes you leave the DX is the BC2 , or being hardcore gamer
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I don't play that game but my friend is trying to get me to. So the DX is known to crash BC2? What about turning off EAX emulation? Are there workarounds for this problem?

Can anyone recommend a card besides these two?
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You can turn off the emulation but by disabing GX mode, but BC2 doenst use any eax at all. it uses a custom sound engine. You can find a used Auzentech Forte for 90ish off auzentech refubish store. it comes with 1 year warrenty.

Redmist Is selling his Xonar HDAV 1.3 for 100 dollars in the sell form, It uses the same layout as the Xonar STX minus the amp.But with full blu ray audio thru analog.
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