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post #1 of 8
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My dad currently got the Steelseries Siberia USB soundcard. But we have had nothing but trouble with it. And the audio is somehow low to decent at the max.

So he's looking for a new USB soundcard, which is superior to his current.

I found a used creative sound blaster x-fi surround 5.1 pro for 42 euro. Is that a good deal? That one also features CMSS-3D, which is awesome.

50 euro is the top budget.

Anything better out there?
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post #2 of 8
So with you mentioning Creatives cards i take it this is for gaming and not music right?
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post #3 of 8
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Yes, gaming only. And he currently got a Siberia V2 headset none USB version.
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post #4 of 8
I would sugest an entry-level M-audio fast track usb audio interface.
http://www.thomann.de/gb/maudio_essential_recording_studio.htm

Ah but it's for gaming...
No good then , no support for specific gaming audio technologies..
post #5 of 8
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Its for my dad. And at the moment, hes gaming around 3 hours every week.

But a tool to simulate surround for his stereo headset, would be awesome.
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post #6 of 8
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I took the bargain offer with the creative sound blaster x-fi surround 5.1 pro USB for 42 euro. As I just couldnt let that deal, slip through my hands. Hope it performs better than the Steelseries Siberia USB thumb.gif
Edited by wendigo4700 - 1/14/13 at 3:14am
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post #7 of 8
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Holy crap. It was a brand new sealed creative sound blaster x-fi surround 5.1 pro, I bought for those 42 euro cheers.gif

The guy had gotten the USB card brand new from a dealer he said. But decided to get a PCIe audiocard instead. And he was unaware of the retail price of this unit here.
So this is indeed a bargain deal graduated.gif
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KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
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post #8 of 8
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It doesnt feature CMSS-3D however, but THX TruStudio Pro.

regardless it still sound amazing thumb.gif

I use a Auzentech Forte 7.1 with CMSS-3D on my own pc. And I have to say, this THX TruStudio Pro is very much equal (sometimes even better IMO)
Edited by wendigo4700 - 1/18/13 at 6:36am
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KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Saitek eclipse II BeQuiet! Dark Power Pro P11 550w Lian Li PC-8FIB  Logitech MX518 
Mouse PadAudio
QPAD CT Medium 4mm Creative SoundBlaster ZxR 
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1x Samsung 840 PRO 256GB Phanteks ph-tc14pe w/ BeQuiet SW2 550RPM  Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit Sony FW900 1920x1200 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Saitek eclipse II BeQuiet! Dark Power Pro P11 550w Lian Li PC-8FIB  Logitech MX518 
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