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I have been searching and searching and searching and cant find the difference between the ROG Xonar Phoebus Solo and the normal ROG Xonar Phoebus.

I don't need to hear anything about on board audio or better cards or whatever else not meaning that in a rude way. I have never posted on a forum before because i can usually find my answers.

But I have been racking my brain and i,m having compatibility issues with my taimat 7.1 with my build. I also don't need to get in to that but if there's anyone out there that actually knows the true difference between the cards the stats look the same,

but i mean there has to be a difference. Could someone please help me i just built a 3800$ build with 4 year warranty that's why it was so expensive. This is the last part i need for my dream system i know someone out there has to know what the difference's are?

I,d greatly appreciate any help but the sooner the better because both are special order at my shop. I know i can buy online but my store has an amazing warranty system. Thanks for reading this book hahah and like i said i,m greatly appreciative.
Edited by supadupz - 10/30/13 at 12:55pm
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Eye cancer font, no dots and no sectioning.
Stopped reading after first sentence... Oh yeah, the whole text is one big sentence ^^

The only difference between Solo and vanilla is the ACM (the external volume knob).
Phoebus has the ACM and Solo doesn't, it's as simple as that.

If you spent 3800$ on your rig, I suggest getting better headphones for your Phoebus than the awful Tiamat.
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Sorry about that i edited it and hope its easier to read let me know please and thanks you.
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Also the build would of been around 3000$ without the 4 year warranty on all components. And despite the reviews i love my tiamat 7.1 it works on my windows 7 build no problems. Out of the box its crap but with my other build when i played around with the realtek 7.1 settings since its true 7.1.

I unlocked what the headset could actually do. Like most razer headsets the mic is nothing to go on about but had no problems after adjusting settings. I also have a 7.1 home stereo i hook up as well so the sounds card will do me some good.

I know i have the money to buy a Sennheiser PC 363D or something similar and i probably would if it was only source of audio. But i like the true 7.1 from razer. Maybe if i played competition in the battlefield series again or was a top tier raider in wow id go with something along those lines.

But i already own my taimat and like i said once you adjust it right for you with software its like night and day. Its like a completely different headset i should say speakers because the mic is still an old razer mic nothing to brag about by any means.

Also i hope my punctuation is better and easier to read im sorry about that this is the first time i have posted on a forum and i,m not the best in English it is my second language.
Edited by supadupz - 10/30/13 at 12:57pm
post #5 of 14
What I meant is this:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1014902/ocns-most-recommended-audio-products
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On OCN, WE DO NOT RECOMMEND HEADSETS because of their typically very poor value for what you're getting, not because they all just suck. That said they DO SUCK compared to what you can get for the price.

Here are some quick tips to help you take away headsets from your mind:

1) If it's USB only junk it. It will not work with your sound card and it will most likely have poor quality sound. The only exception to this rule we have seen is the beyerdynamic MMX2. However any USB headset will bypass any soundcard.
2) If it says FATAL1TY on it, junk it. It's trash.
3) A 'Gaming' or 'computer part' brand (e.g. Logitech, Razer, Creative)? More than likely trash.

DT990 for example costs 150$ and blows the Tiamat out of the water.
Who needs "real" surround when you can use the soundcards Dolby Headphones or CMSS-3D/SBX softwares to do the same with stereo headphones. Or onboard with Razer Surround.
Edited by Tiihokatti - 10/30/13 at 1:05pm
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post #6 of 14
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I am very comfortable with my headset is there any others out there that are true 7.1?

But back to the sounds card truthfully is the only difference is the external module ?

And thank you for replying and helping me get forum etiquette [spacing, punctuality, etc]
post #7 of 14
My Tritton PC510Hda is "true" 5.1.
Never going to touch that pile of manure again. Even the 37$ HD681Evo wins hands down.

And yes, the only difference is the external module. Same as Sound Blaster Z and Zx.
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post #8 of 14
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Well headset might come later but I'm buying the sound card first. Then maybe get some other upgrades.

Since i built my PC a month ago i have some extra cash now. But when i read about the phoebus i get different descriptions on the website are they both 7.1 cards?

And would the vanilla be better than the solo just because of the external module because from what i read the solo gives you a front panel and says 7.1 in the descriptions.

Which the vanilla doesn't I just would like to be certain before i spend 200$ I haven't bought a sound card for over 6 years ago when they were an actual decent upgrade for what i was doing.
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Did they both come out at the same time? Also does the vanilla have the external instead of the front panel ?
post #10 of 14
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Also the solo has Genre-optimized game audio profiles does that come with the vanilla or only the solo. The descriptions seem different but the specs seem the same.
Why is it so hard to find a real comparison between the 2 cards i am tearing hair out i have bought over 10 video cards in the fast 5 years never had this much problems picking or finding the differences.
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