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Does buying a more expensive sound card actually make a lot more difference? Because I see some really expensive ones like £150 called X-fi Fatality, but then some cheaper ones (£20-£35), is the extra dosh worth it or just the move from onboard to cheaper (£20-£35) dedicated card a much better option?
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Anything over $100 is pretty much overkill from going from onboard sound. Only audiophiles pay $300 for a sound card as they are the only ones that would really use all the options the card provides.
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post #13 of 37
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Originally Posted by Dennisjr13 View Post
Anything over $100 is pretty much overkill from going from onboard sound. Only audiophiles pay $300 for a sound card as they are the only ones that would really use all the options the card provides.
I suppose you right, better spending the money on a better proc etc..
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post #14 of 37
Definitely. Only reason I'd spend more is because the way my sound is setup at the moment, I need the breakout box for it all to work out.
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post #15 of 37
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EAX is strictly for positional audio, right? If I'm running just a 2.1 setup, is there any value to going to higher revs of EAX? I have no interest in going to 5.1 or more because of the messy wiring situation it always causes. So for me, it would be pretty much only to achieve better sound quality for music. And since the consensus here seems to be that more modern onboard hardware serves up better quality sound than it used to, then the delta between onboard and add-in is so narrow that I don't see enough value in upgrading... unless EAX can bring a lot to the table for a 2.1 setup, that is...?

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post #16 of 37
Well, EAX is used for games allot. 24bit would defenanty make your music sound better, and a higher sampling rate
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post #17 of 37
Quote:
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EAX is strictly for positional audio, right? If I'm running just a 2.1 setup, is there any value to going to higher revs of EAX? I have no interest in going to 5.1 or more because of the messy wiring situation it always causes. So for me, it would be pretty much only to achieve better sound quality for music. And since the consensus here seems to be that more modern onboard hardware serves up better quality sound than it used to, then the delta between onboard and add-in is so narrow that I don't see enough value in upgrading... unless EAX can bring a lot to the table for a 2.1 setup, that is...?

Thanks very much to all for your valuable input!
EAX stands for "environmental audio extensions" and has nothing to do with positional audio. It improves sound differences cause by your environment and surrounding. For example, gunfire sounds different behind a wall than next to you. It is more muffled and has some echoing. Or a bomb going off in a room vs outside. I believe RealTek onboard says it supports EAX but MaximumPC tested it and found it it was flat out lying.
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post #18 of 37
no...it does...mine does up to EAX 2.0.... here is wat Creative site says about EAX stuff. just go to link to learn all... I did.

http://www.soundblaster.com/eax/abouteax/eax5ahd/
 
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post #19 of 37
If you go Creative, then go for an X-Fi card. Not just for now but for the future. Who knows what's to come available that X-Fi will support. Just don't get the fagtal1ty over-priced junker. It turns the XtremeGamer card into the XtremeLamer.

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post #20 of 37
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Ah, I see... perhaps I should rethink this. Frankly, I am upgrading my rig primarily because I'm sick of playing Oblivion with half the options cranked down and even then, not at my LCD's native resolution.

So if I throw in a ~$50(?) sound card, maybe it'd be worth it. However, unlike that other poster a few replies ago, I don't have any trouble running Oblivion with onboard sound, so that isn't the compelling reason for me.

Guess I'll have to research EAX a little more to see if it makes enough of a difference (along with slightly better quality output in general for, especially, music) to warrant spending the extra cash.
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