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is it really that much better these days ? Is it not just as good to have a completely digital sound system with high quality media ? Surely these enhancements are only a real benefit if your using bad media or bad/analogue speakers.
If you have an external device with better DAC then yes, if all you have is onboard you can improve it with a soundcard.
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tbh i dont get the point of putting a single logic chip on the sound card at all. obviously they are terribly bad at it and while they would steal maybe 1$ worth of processing power from a modern cpu they instead put chips that end up costing the end user 100x more. why dont they use that money to come up with better caps and opamps instead?

this is about as useful as overclocking ram
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Seems like in terms of hardware Creative is on point most of the time. But drivers are another issue as it's hit or miss for users.
Drivers are NOT "hit or miss".
MS screwed Creative when the pared down the sound stack and destroyed hardware acceleration in an attempt to appease mobo manufacturer's.
They cornholed Creative's entire driver line, which caused untold updates and driver issues.
The THD is working perfectly, for MOST people, because Creative had a decent DirectSound SKD to work with.
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Drivers are NOT "hit or miss".
MS screwed Creative when the pared down the sound stack and destroyed hardware acceleration in an attempt to appease mobo manufacturer's.
They cornholed Creative's entire driver line, which caused untold updates and driver issues.
The THD is working perfectly, for MOST people, because Creative had a decent DirectSound SKD to work with.
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Auzentech. One of the better card manufacturers IMO. I had a Prelude for a few years and loved it. Had the same issue arise that many others had with it making a "crackle and pop" noise. Replaced it with a Titanium HD when they were released and have been very happy with it.
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I might jump on one of these, my PCI card is starting to get old...
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post #47 of 140
Going to be hard to dethrone the Essence.
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Creative just needs to make the drivers so their cards can just play music correctly. I am not talking EAX or any other DSP.

Just play music without static, pops, stuck sound loops, or no audio. That is not asking for much.
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Drivers are NOT "hit or miss".
MS screwed Creative when the pared down the sound stack and destroyed hardware acceleration in an attempt to appease mobo manufacturer's.
They cornholed Creative's entire driver line, which caused untold updates and driver issues.
The THD is working perfectly, for MOST people, because Creative had a decent DirectSound SKD to work with.
That is unfortunate if that is true. However, I merely mentioned on what is happening now, not on why it is happening. If a Samsung phone is defective, the reasons for being defective are less relevant than the fact that it is defective in the first place. It also would not matter who the seller is--whether I buy it from Best Buy, A Verizon store etc. Just speaking in a matter of fact way, but it is true that drivers for Creative the past several years have been hit or miss. If it's Microsoft's fault that is unfortunate for Creative. However, it still stands that the drivers have worked for some while missing others. That's just the bottom line that I was mentioning.
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Asus, Sennheiser, HT Omega, just counting ones on Newegg that make quality kit. A couple dozen entry level offerings. Not to mention Realtek.


This! was thinking the same thing the minute i read that.
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