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What is a good Auzentech X-Fi Prelude 7.1 replacement for a slight audiphile?

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Hey

I am completely out of the Sound Card game as I have been pretty happy with my Auzentech X-Fi Prelude 7.1 since it first came out (2007/2008) I believe). I have been using Windows 8 for quite a while now and the card has started to behave weird, and even before that I started to get some cracklings and pops, I think it's time this amazing card was retired. What would you recommend for a slightaudiophile? My current headphones are a Sennheiser HD650 plugged into a Corda Arietta amp before it all goes to the soundcard. I will most likley be replacing my HD650 with the HD800 or HD700. I don't mind spending some money, but I prefer to get value for my money and not go for a total overkill. 80% of the time I listen to music while 20% goes to gaming.

I am hoping some of you can help me out, this forum has never failed me before! smile.gif

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i moved from prelude to stx, and now zxr(since im more into gaming and movies)
people said the ST version better....but stx got more power....

there are other card too, ht omega claro halo nice specsheet too(well i'll suggest this one biggrin.gif, since stx' factory driver not really good on win8(have to use uni driver, expecially the sorround emulated sound) ),and haven't tried it out yet biggrin.gif heard it use generic c-media driver)


theres is other brand : onkyo, mainly for music, and not really good other than music, compared to those two above more music wich balanced on multimedia too...(from local review)

guess just those 3 for internal soundcard that i know.


my experience :
stx way better for sure in music compared to prelude
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If you already have a decent hp-amp, take Xonar DX.
With Unixonar.
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Thanks for the reply guys, I am still unsure what to get though, I understand that the Xonar DX does not have an amp, but how is it is sound quality compared to the STX?
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Agreed with Tiihokatti, the DX DAC is the same as the one on X-Fi Elite Pro which is the excellent CS4398 DAC. I dare to say it's the best sounding DAC I ever tested and heard, on a PC.
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* I've had the same problem with crackling on my Creative Xfi- Ti-HD> Its seems to have issues when other audio players use the card, if shared players use the card and the player itself introduces latency in the audio signal crackling will occur when the card outputs it through it's DAC...therefore I found going into speaker setting ~ and setting the shared mode to CD 44khz> this will reduce the processing the card needs to do with shared audio players such as you tube, and other audio sources.

I've also done a quick overview about the Card and an Asus Xonar DX which I used to use.




http://www.overclock.net/t/1405094/creative-titanium-hd-sound-card-overview
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