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I remember my first Sound Blaster card.....ISA.....those were the days!!! thumb.gif

Dr. Sbaitso would like it if you told him more about those days... thumb.gif
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Dr. Sbaitso would like it if you told him more about those days... thumb.gif

+1

Thanks for the lol! biggrin.gif
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Definitely. You can't expect a $20 pair of speakers from Office Depot to sound tremendously better than on-board audio just because you bought a $200 sound card. I recently bought a pair of Dayton B652 shelf speakers and a Dayton 12" sub. I compared between my on-board and X-Fi, and the on-board seriously cannot compare. All across the board, (lows, mids, highs) the X-Fi slaughters my onboard. Music is so much more vibrant and games are way more immersive. Even then, the Daytons aren't top notch speakers. They're insanely good for $30 though, so I somewhat retract my comment about the $20 speakers (not fully because I specifically referred to Office Depot-level speakers thumb.gif). I appreciate Pioneerisloud so much for recommending them to me...

The unfortunate reality is that Creative's drivers are absolute crap...Or they'd be dominating the market.

I for one, had some serious issues with X-Fi titaniums in the past because they really don't like some motherboards.

If we had a solid driver set to go with their products, they'd easily dominate the market.
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Definitely. You can't expect a $20 pair of speakers from Office Depot to sound tremendously better than on-board audio just because you bought a $200 sound card. I recently bought a pair of Dayton B652 shelf speakers and a Dayton 12" sub. I compared between my on-board and X-Fi, and the on-board seriously cannot compare. All across the board, (lows, mids, highs) the X-Fi slaughters my onboard. Music is so much more vibrant and games are way more immersive. Even then, the Daytons aren't top notch speakers. They're insanely good for $30 though, so I somewhat retract my comment about the $20 speakers (not fully because I specifically referred to Office Depot-level speakers thumb.gif). I appreciate Pioneerisloud so much for recommending them to me...

The unfortunate reality is that Creative's drivers are absolute crap...Or they'd be dominating the market.

I for one, had some serious issues with X-Fi titaniums in the past because they really don't like some motherboards.

If we had a solid driver set to go with their products, they'd easily dominate the market.

I have an extremely annoying issue with mine on Windows 8. Every time I reboot, I have no audio. I have to open the Creative Console and switch to Entertainment mode (it forgets and boots in Game mode). At least now it saves the settings I have set in Entertainment mode. I used to have to reconfigure all the settings on every boot.
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I have an extremely annoying issue with mine on Windows 8. Every time I reboot, I have no audio. I have to open the Creative Console and switch to Entertainment mode (it forgets and boots in Game mode). At least now it saves the settings I have set in Entertainment mode. I used to have to reconfigure all the settings on every boot.
you're using a non-supported OS (the win8 drivers are still in beta). Mine has the same issue, but worked fine in Win7. I have issues with a few of my devices, but it is understandable for using a preview version of an OS.
The linux drivers for this card though, UGH.
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The Recon3D series was pure garbage and it touted some amazing specs on paper. From the looks of these cards I doubt there will be much improvement.
I gave up on Creative and moved on to the Xonar Essence ST with the H6 daughter board. Could never be any happier.

I was very happy with the Creative Recon3D. I have the Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D Fatal1ty Professional and it is the best sound card I have owned so far. It is far far far from "garbage" on paper and in real use with out question. I had the Xonar Essence ST lasted about 2 months before it bit the ghost did a RMA and it lasted about one month until I threw it in the trash.
 
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I have an extremely annoying issue with mine on Windows 8. Every time I reboot, I have no audio. I have to open the Creative Console and switch to Entertainment mode (it forgets and boots in Game mode). At least now it saves the settings I have set in Entertainment mode. I used to have to reconfigure all the settings on every boot.
you're using a non-supported OS (the win8 drivers are still in beta). Mine has the same issue, but worked fine in Win7. I have issues with a few of my devices, but it is understandable for using a preview version of an OS.
The linux drivers for this card though, UGH.

Oh no believe me I wasn't implying that their drivers are horrible just because of that. They worked just fine in Windows 7 but they were still such a headache to install. The setup kept failing on me, saying it couldn't find a specific DLL file. I had to dig through heaps of threads online to find a run command that fixed it.
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Oh no believe me I wasn't implying that their drivers are horrible just because of that. They worked just fine in Windows 7 but they were still such a headache to install. The setup kept failing on me, saying it couldn't find a specific DLL file. I had to dig through heaps of threads online to find a run command that fixed it.
Never had that problem in Win7, but i grabbed some Titanium Product Identification Module they had on the DL page with the other drivers, supposed to make Win7 recognize the card or something. I don't know if this is why I didn't have issues or not, but worth a shot if you ever reinstall 7.
I will agree the win8 issue is annoying, especially since it defaults mic/linein to linein, and some programs have to be restarted to pick up my mic, as I always forget about it since it's a separate part from the main console page.
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waiting for two-slot cards with 5.1 or 7.1 RCA out.

i like the OMEGA Claro Halo XT breakout card with 5.1

...may have to just break down and buy a dedicated dac
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"80mW into 600 ohm" = the only section that isn't marketing talk. Still tells you nothing about the quality of the amp, e.g. output impedance.
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