Originally Posted by chaos40
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.