Originally Posted by Plan9
You're just making assumptions now. The 2496 control panel is very detailed (probably too detailed for your average consumer. But again, this is an pro-audio card so there's a certain level of knowledge assumed).
There is no hypothetical buyer. This was just a discussion between two audiophiles.
Suggesting to who? This was just a discussion between two audiophiles. I'm not about to recommend the average user by a pro-audio card. Half of them wouldn't have good enough amp+speakers and the other half probably wouldn't even notice the difference anyway. You guys were talking about sound quality of Soundblasters so it seemed relevant for me to mention just crap they are.
And I really don't agree that the emu10k1 chips are solid - not even from a general playback stance. That was my whole bloody point.
As a self-confessed audiophile yourself, surely you must be aware of just how much it sucks?
I brought the points up hypathetically in ways yes, but the points were aimed at the original user Funky. That's why I brought up the price points, he had a question on cards so I'm still talking in reference to him in a way. So that he can get something out of this.
Didn't know the 2496 had software, that's why I said "don't know if they include nice software". So they do, that's good.
And I am aware they suck, but general speaker systems suck..... I can't really use my expensive one and these headphones are like $50. So.... It's what I call a system that makes do, something the emu10k1 does dirt cheap. Heh, I've thought about new headphones but... Well first I'd need justification for them as well as I haven't quite decided what I am really wanting. I'm waiting for something that I like and doesn't have a plastic main piece.
I'd like something like http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826249080
but.... Ugh, I'm so picky on how it looks. It needs to be super durable, something you could probably step on. Till I figure out, or find something I like and have the money. I'm going to rock this crap card with these crap headsets. Dunno might upgrade my whole system first, then use onboard for a while. that'll happen within a year so I'm not in any hurry to replace the emu10k1 now.
 Plus I don't really want surround sound, don't ever use it.
That's closer to what I'd get, ad a little nicer on the price.Edited by mushroomboy - 5/20/13 at 6:06pm