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Poll Results: Best Creative X-FI Alternative on a budget

 
  • 24% (8)
    Asus Xonar
  • 33% (11)
    Auzentech Prelude (uses Creative X-fi)
  • 6% (2)
    Auzentech Xplosion
  • 9% (3)
    B-Enspirer
  • 0% (0)
    E-Mu 0202
  • 3% (1)
    M-Audio Revolution
  • 6% (2)
    Omega Striker
  • 12% (4)
    Razer Barracuda AC-1
  • 6% (2)
    Other: please post
33 Total Votes  
post #1 of 51
Thread Starter 
As I'm sure all you audiophiles are aware, Creative has fallen out of favor rather dramatically. I am interested in replacing my Xtremegamer with a comparable card. Basically, I'm looking for a card that plays music and games equally well; erring on the side of better music.

I don't really know much about the cards from Auzentech, Asus, HT Omega, M-Audio, etc. Could you please fill me in on what cards I should check out that are preferably $100 or less.

Hopefully we can get some good suggestions and discussion going here as I'm sure plenty of other people are feeling the same way I am right now about Creative.

Thanks.


Edit:
So far we have:
-Auzentech Prelude (uses X-fi though)
-Asus Xonar
-Razer Barracuda AC-1
-Omega Striker
-Auzentech Xplosion.
-M-Audio Revolution (non-gamer)
-E-Mu 0202
-B-Enspirer
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post #2 of 51
I'd get a Auzentech.

Not sure how much the prelude is running nowadays tho.
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post #3 of 51
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Originally Posted by Murlocke View Post
I'd get a Auzentech.

Not sure how much the prelude is running nowadays tho.
Any one in particular? I'm not interested in the X-FI one(s).
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post #4 of 51
Quote:
Originally Posted by Murlocke View Post
I'd get a Auzentech.

Not sure how much the prelude is running nowadays tho.
Around 170 on newegg with like 8 bucks shipping. Not sure elsewhere though.
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post #5 of 51
Quote:
Originally Posted by Murlocke View Post
I'd get a Auzentech.

Not sure how much the prelude is running nowadays tho.
The Prelude uses Creative's X-FI chip, I'd avoid that card if I were you.
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post #7 of 51
I give props to an Asus Xonar.
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post #8 of 51
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What about the Razer Barracuda AC-1? TnB= Gir sent me a Directron link were they are selling an open box for $49.99. At newegg, the Razer AC-1 goes for $149.99. It has some decent reviews (except when it comes to the company's customer support...)
That's a rather peculiar card. And not exactly full of the usual plugs is it?
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post #9 of 51
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What about the Razer Barracuda AC-1? TnB= Gir sent me a Directron link were they are selling an open box for $49.99. At newegg, the Razer AC-1 goes for $149.99. It has some decent reviews (except when it comes to the company's customer support...)

RAZER
Model: Barracuda 7.1
Audio core
Channels: 7.1
Sample Rate: 192KHz
Digital Audio: 24-bit
SNR: 117dB
Ports
SPDIF In: Yes
SPDIF Out: Yes
CD/Aux In: Yes
Spec
Interface: PCI
From what I've heard, the sound quality is not good for the price, might as well pay the extra $20 and get the Auzentech X-Fi Prelude.
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post #10 of 51
The asus Xonar is the other favorite around these parts. It is better sounding for music and movies but lacks EAX that puts the X-fi on top of most gamers list.

It is a very solid all around card and probably one of the best competitors to a high end X-fi.


Otherwise you have the Azuntech XPlosion and the HT Omega Striker that go for $80 on the egg that are both nice sounding cards
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