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So, I (according to [S][R]) toasted my card in my feeble attempt to mod it. I lifted up the tracers and microbes and all that other good stuff making it unfixable.

Now Im stuck with having to buy a new card which will be shipped directly to [S][R] so he can mod it for me. The mod Im refering to is the Oamp and the capacitor mod as mentioned in the big mod thread.

Which card out there is the one that will sound the best after this mod for gaming and music in 5.1?

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post #2 of 17
AFAIK, the Prelude already has better OP-AMPs than the X-Fi. I'd just save the cash and buy that.
post #3 of 17
By far the Prelude, you should get some EMI shielding paper for it as well.
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Prelude, yadayada....
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post #5 of 17
Get the Fatality non platinum version.

The front i/o port would be a good idea but the cable used to connect it is complete trash. Inside a noisy (from fans and electrical interference) PC, a cable with terrible shielding is a bad idea, ultimately making the i/o a waist of money.

The Prelude has drivers that do not support s/pdif digital output...STILL. The Prelude has the best internal components but the drivers are not good (complete) enough to get my recommendation.
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Get the Fatality non platinum version.

The front i/o port would be a good idea but the cable used to connect it is complete trash. Inside a noisy (from fans and electrical interference) PC, a cable with terrible shielding is a bad idea, ultimately making the i/o a waist of money.

The Prelude has drivers that do not support s/pdif digital output...STILL. The Prelude has the best internal components but the drivers are not good (complete) enough to get my recommendation.
The drivers do support digital out, just not that well (No ASIO ). Auzentech has lead up to there promise of constantly updating their drivers every couple of months or so to add new features and fixes. They are at a disatvantage in that their drivers are based on Creative's, and they have to add in their own features to it and I could imagine that it would be quite difficult.
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Prelude, most certainly.
    
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post #8 of 17
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Well, I have everything thats said inside the mod thread including EMI paper or w/e. Infact, [S] [R] currently has all of it right now and just needs the card to work on it.

But which card should I go with?
I have 5.1, video games, music, movies is everything. I dont do much audio recording, not to mention if I have a mic it's most likely USB or bluetooth.

Its a tossup between the Pelude and the Fatal1ty gamer edition.
The prelude is premium I hear and has great DACS aside from the oamps which will be replaced by [S][R], it also has the digital in and out but costs an arm.
The Fatal1ty is what I originally had and all the bad stuff is being replaced by [S][R] including Oamps and capacitor and doesn't costs a fraction of an arm.
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post #9 of 17
prelude has the best quality and newest, I would go with that, creative has lousy support/drivers/quailty/etc...
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post #10 of 17
I'm not terribly impressed by my Auzie's drivers. Card has caused me more than a few problems. But don't quote me on that.

With that said, hooked up to my Z5500's it sounds awesome.
    
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