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I've already had like 2 of these threads, but I can never decide and I just found out that I can get AuzenTech cards.

I play FPS a lot and I need a good sound card for positioning. At the same time, I enjoy music, so I'd like a card that doesn't suck for normal clarity and such. I use AD700's for FPS gaming, but it also has to support my 5.1 surround speakers.

I have these options:

$100 - Asus Xonar DX
$110 - Creative Titanium (non-HD)
$145 - AuzenTech Bravura
$160 - Asus Xonar D2X
$160 - AuzenTech Forte

Now, I'd really prefer not to have to pay $160 for a sound card and the Xonars are known for having bad positioning in BC2 (although I could probably live with that if necessary), so I'm leaning towards the Bravura which seems to be a good choice. It isn't in Simca's recommended products thread though, so I'm not sure if it's a bad card.
Edited by B!0HaZard - 8/13/11 at 3:37pm
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I have both an Auzentech X-Fi Prelude and an Asus Xonar Essence STX. I find the X-Fi card to better for gaming (seems to give better positional audio) and the Xonar is better sounding with music.
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Xonar d2x
    
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I have both an Auzentech X-Fi Prelude and an Asus Xonar Essence STX. I find the X-Fi card to better for gaming (seems to give better positional audio) and the Xonar is better sounding with music.
Is the sound in music still good with the Prelude? I'll assume yes, since it's an expensive card. And the Xonar isn't exactly bad in games, it's just less good, right?
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Xonar d2x
You aren't just voting. Give me some reasons why it's a better choice than the others, especially when it isn't the best at BC2.
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Is the sound in music still good with the Prelude? I'll assume yes, since it's an expensive card. And the Xonar isn't exactly bad in games, it's just less good, right?
Yes, the Prelude still sounds loads better than on board. The only issue I have with the Xonar in games is it's positional audio isn't so hot.
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get the Titanium , Xonars are not that good in gaming , Auzentecn Forte is good also but not 60$better ,
    
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And what about the Bravura?
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Originally Posted by B!0HaZard View Post
And what about the Bravura?
ops i didnt notice it

the reason why we at OCN do not recommend Auzen cards although they are very good , but they have a bad habit of dying after a while of use , and the RMA service is really bad

the Bravura is excellent card but its not worth 150$ maybe prices are higher where you live but i think to stay with the Titanium for now and maybe wait for something better to be released
    
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The Bravura also isn't a true X-Fi card.

Sent from my Samsung Epic 4G
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The Bravura also isn't a true X-Fi card.

Sent from my Samsung Epic 4G
Ye, I got the same answer on Head-Fi.
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