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I need help deciding on a soundcard. The two cards I'm interested in are the Bluegears b-Enspirer and the Auzentech X-Meridian.

At first I was set on getting a Bluegears b-Enspirer, but just now read they are decent for gaming and am now having second thoughts.

Now my question is: is the Auzentech X-Meridian worth the extra money and better for gaming then the b-Enspirer, or should I just get the b-Enspirer and upgrade later? Which I was planning to do in the first place. I'm getting alot of money for a website I'm designing for someone. So price isn't an issue, but wanted to try and save some money on my build that i'm planning for.

Suggestions welcome, especially for the audiophiles'

Thanks
post #2 of 38
If you want gaming I would really stick with Creative. . . They Fully supprt all EAX's and that is a major + in the gaming community. I dont know much about those two and I normally suggest going away from the Xi-Fis simply because there are better quality sound cards out there for music and home theater setups but few beat the Xi-Fi's in terms of gaming qualities and functionality IMO
 
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EDIT: Doh read your post wrong.

Are you looking for cards for gaming, or music playback?
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If you want gaming I would really stick with Creative. . . They Fully supprt all EAX's and that is a major + in the gaming community. I dont know much about those two and I normally suggest going away from the Xi-Fis simply because there are better quality sound cards out there for music and home theater setups but few beat the Xi-Fi's in terms of gaming qualities and functionality IMO
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Originally Posted by Murlocke View Post
The bold is untrue...

X-fi is only "medium" quality, they are just the best for gaming performance. They are not anywhere near the best for music and home theater.

Are you looking for cards for gaming, or music playback?
You bolded the wrong part . . . I know they arn't near the best. But I dont know of any others with full EAX support (Since isnt EAX a standard creative creates and many games follow?)

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Now my question is: is the Auzentech X-Meridian worth the extra money and better for gaming then the b-Enspirer
Im assuming he's looking for good gaming performance
 
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post #5 of 38
How much of a rush are you in? Auzentech will be producing a new card with X-Fi. Those should be very very nice. You can also try modding a X-Fi as well: http://www.overclock.net/sound-cards...-original.html
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You bolded the wrong part . . . I know they arn't near the best. But I dont know of any others with full EAX support (Since isnt EAX a standard creative creates and many games follow?)
Yea i'm sorry. I edited my post a little bit ago, I completely read your sentence wrong. Sorry

I'd recommend going with the X-fi, if you are a gamer.. If your want to produce music, or only listen to music.. Well thats not something I know much about
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Yea i'm sorry. I edited my post a little bit ago, I completely read your sentence wrong. Sorry

I'd recommend going with the X-fi, if you are a gamer.. If your want to produce music, or only listen to music.. Well thats not something I know much about
No problem . . . I personally cant stand creative. . .but I got a great deal and now I must suffer with ****ty driver support! :swearing:
 
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Specifically for gaming only, I would recommend X-Fi. However, the Auzentech X-Meridian card is incredibly pimp. The best X-Fi alternative iho.
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the *only* soundcards i trust are the Soundblaster Audigy series.....used about 8 different brands, Audigy is the only one that hasnt burnt out....go with reliability, brosif.
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post #10 of 38
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I am writing from school now, but:

I'm not really interested in any of the creative cards anymore. I was at first but read up on them and heard the problems with them and such. But anyways, I'm set on sticking with either the b-Enspirer or the X-Meridian.

Can anybody tell me the advatages or dis-advatages the two cards have over one another in gaming?

Thanks.
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