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Older Creative cards even the X-Fis has bad drivers with win7 ,
no they don't
I have used both an x-fi xtrememusic x-fi xtreme audio on my win7 system
both ran fine without any problems
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post #22 of 39
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no they don't
I have used both an x-fi xtrememusic x-fi xtreme audio on my win7 system
both ran fine without any problems
Plenty of people have problems that in buying an older X-fi you're taking a risk as to whether they'll work properly. If you want to take that risk, go ahead.
post #23 of 39
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Do you think the PC 360 + Astro Mixamp will sound as good as me plugging the 360 straight into one of these Soundcards? Would I be losing a noticeable amount of quality running it the way I am?
I don't have any experience with this gear myself and audio stuff is very subjective but yes you supposedly are losing quite a lot of quality this way. I'm not familiar with how powerful the Mixamp is but its unlikely that the components used in it are better than a dedicated sound card.

By plugging the headphones in to the soundcard directly you should gain a noticeable gain in sound quality. However you have to note that the amount of gain you get is dependent on the source (low bitrate mp3 won't sound good no matter what gear you have), the quality of the headphones/speakers and how good your ears are.
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I don't have any experience with this gear myself and audio stuff is very subjective but yes you supposedly are losing quite a lot of quality this way. I'm not familiar with how powerful the Mixamp is but its unlikely that the components used in it are better than a dedicated sound card.

By plugging the headphones in to the soundcard directly you should gain a noticeable gain in sound quality. However you have to note that the amount of gain you get is dependent on the source (low bitrate mp3 won't sound good no matter what gear you have), the quality of the headphones/speakers and how good your ears are.
True. Well I'm sure not the A40 equipment is geared toward the audiophile type gamer, and the mixamp has been praised by a lot of people, quite a bit more then the A40 headset. I find the headset that Astro sells lacks high end and mid range but has phenomenal bass. This could be due to the closed type design.

However I'm going to pick up the XONAR XT as it really does seem like a great sound card. Does it output in 5.1 over the optical or would I need Dolby live etc.. to get 5.1 in PC games?
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True. Well I'm sure not the A40 equipment is geared toward the audiophile type gamer, and the mixamp has been praised by a lot of people, quite a bit more then the A40 headset. I find the headset that Astro sells lacks high end and mid range but has phenomenal bass. This could be due to the closed type design.

However I'm going to pick up the XONAR XT as it really does seem like a great sound card. Does it output in 5.1 over the optical or would I need Dolby live etc.. to get 5.1 in PC games?
Most headphones marketed towards the mass market are like that because most people only pay attention to the bass.

To get 5.1 or anything more than stereo over coax or optical you have to set the card to encode it in Dolby digital or DTS or the source has to be in this format.

But to be honest I don't think you need it to be encoded for 5.1 because your using headphones. If the game is designed properly it should be able to replicate a surround experience using simply stereo output. To prove this point plug your headphones directly into your computers 3.5mm jack and listen to this:
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Do you think I should pick up the Asus Xonar or is just not worth it for this setup? It would provide absolutely no advantage unless I plugged the headset directly into the soundcard and negated the mixamp?
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you are right . Older Creative cards even the X-Fis has bad drivers with win7 , untile the Titanium HD the guys at creative did great job with the drivers , no need to worry about this point
They actually updated. Creative HD is actually the best PC soundcard for gaming and music on the market. If you're interested in only music and maybe some gaming, grab the STX.
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They actually updated. Creative HD is actually the best PC soundcard for gaming and music on the market. If you're interested in only music and maybe some gaming, grab the STX.
But it's a 2.0 soundcard I mean most people have surround systems or surround headphones. Are you supposed to just use 2.1 speakers on such a high priced soundcard? Doesn't the STX come with 7.1 surround sound ?
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But it's a 2.0 soundcard I mean most people have surround systems or surround headphones. Are you supposed to just use 2.1 speakers on such a high priced soundcard? Doesn't the STX come with 7.1 surround sound ?

Newp. Most music is recorded in stereo so a surround system is pretty useless for music listening. ST(X) is strictly a stereo card unless you get the little H6 addon thing. It's really specialized for headphones as it has a built it headphone amp. For gaming it uses Dolby Headphone to simulate surround sound, and for movies, Dolby speaker to do the same with a 2.1.
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Newp. Most music is recorded in stereo so a surround system is pretty useless for music listening. ST(X) is strictly a stereo card unless you get the little H6 addon thing. It's really specialized for headphones as it has a built it headphone amp. For gaming it uses Dolby Headphone to simulate surround sound, and for movies, Dolby speaker to do the same with a 2.1.
Really? Strange because this company lists it as a 7.1 card
http://www.sybaritic.co.za/store/pro...ducts_id=25280

Does the creative also simulate surround for headphones? That's kind of what I need. If I were to plug in my PC360 to it it would give me that Dolby Headphone simulated surround?
Edited by Vandal4126 - 7/20/11 at 8:13pm
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