So many people not understanding the role of a soundcard...
First, if u don't play games then why would u even use, or need a sound card..?
Secondly, If you are using your computer as a soundsystem, then whatever avenue you pursue is pointless to comment about, because your listening room is different than anyone elses ( ie: Do u have 6 speakers, or just 2..? Size of room, shape of room, etc.) thus ur need is different... thus the type of soundcard u choose.. based on MUSIC u listen too.. is different!
If u have headphones, then why even bother with a soundcard?
Explain plz.. when u can just plug headphones directly into a CD/DVD player. Also understand, If u game with headphones, then u don't have 5.1 sound* and you really are not gaming, ur prentending to game. As you are limiting yourself & hiding something at the same time.
So (again) other than gaming why bother with a soundcard? Also, if ur into editing, recording music then a "soundcard" is the focal point of ur system and ur using promedia stuff, not the non-eax stuff people are touting in this rediculous thread. I am being sincere here, as I own (& maintain) 4 computers in my house & only the ones I game on require a soundcard (except for my G1.sniper.m3).
EAX is a staple of first person games. Anyone who thinks otherwise, is just someone who casually games. As I have been playing FPS games since they originated & watched all the other "standards" come & go. Creative Labs exist today, because they invented EAX many years ago & us gamers would not put it down. So the technology developed.
Anyone playing any Battlefield game without EAX, has no clue! (5.1 surround)
For music..? Why even argue over what sound card/board u get.. or comparing them to game cards? I mean some of u are using their DVD player in their computer, to pick up the bits & then pass them unfettered across an opticle cable to a receiver.... then telling us how awsome it is..
So, why comment or argue about a non-gaming soundcard? It is like complaining/arguing over Sony vs Samsung for quality of music...
Rhetorical & fecetious^.. because I do listen to my music collection via computer, but how I do it will be different to how u do it.
Edited by formula m - 8/21/12 at 8:33am