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No, the opposite. All the Creative cards before the HD are known to have driver issues with W7. Not for everyone, but for enough people to be an issue. That's why Xonars became exceptionally popular with W7.

As for music sounding "flat", many tend to like that, though I've not heard of that "issue" with the Essences before.
Then maybe it was user error? I used the XtremeGamer and Titanium Fatal1ty Pro with Win7 x64 and I had absolutely no problems.

As I said, the STX and HD perform nearly the same and the sound signature of each will differ from individual to individual, so ultimately the choice is yours as to which to buy. I chose the HD and I can't be happier.
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post #22 of 26
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Then maybe it was user error? I used the XtremeGamer and Titanium Fatal1ty Pro with Win7 x64 and I had absolutely no problems.

As I said, the STX and HD perform nearly the same and the sound signature of each will differ from individual to individual, so ultimately the choice is yours as to which to buy. I chose the HD and I can't be happier.
No it's not user error. Again, many had driver errors.. that doesn't mean everyone. I personally did. You can say it was user error, but I used Dsweeper to clean old drivers, disabled onboard, and installed latest drivers from the net. Frankly, sound cards should work with minimal work anyways. Blue screens and system freezes were not fun.
post #23 of 26
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No it's not user error. Again, many had driver errors.. that doesn't mean everyone. I personally did. You can say it was user error, but I used Dsweeper to clean old drivers, disabled onboard, and installed latest drivers from the net. Frankly, sound cards should work with minimal work anyways. Blue screens and system freezes were not fun.
It could possibly have been or just bad luck with your hardware (and combination of). However, now driver issues is a thing of the past, but most people don't realize that and keep bashing Creative for something they have long ago fixed. I agree that ANY hardware shouldn't required massive amounts of work just to get them working properly, but I guess things can't always be perfect, can they?
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post #24 of 26
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It could possibly have been or just bad luck with your hardware (and combination of). However, now driver issues is a thing of the past, but most people don't realize that and keep bashing Creative for something they have long ago fixed. I agree that ANY hardware shouldn't required massive amounts of work just to get them working properly, but I guess things can't always be perfect, can they?
Thing of the past? I owned the card 3 months ago. Tried again 2 weeks ago for testing purposes, same problems. Back luck with hardware combination? Maybe, but I hardly think that justifies it. I've seen enough problems that I consider it a risk, and that's enough to wane me off recommending it in place of the Xonar DX unless BC2 is a huge factor.
post #25 of 26
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Keep that other sound card so you can compare it to the HD.
Good call, ill test it out before i get rid of it, will def be interesting, plus i can compare to onboard audio too. Will make me appreciate the HD even more.


As for creative driver issues, i have the XtremeMusic card, and have had a very troublesome time finding drivers for vista. A cluster f*** it was, thats why i was okay with getting away from the creative brand, so far not many issues with the HD card from what ive read. Hopefully this time they will keep up with their driver support.
    
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Thanks for the help, check out some pics


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