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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  
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Quote:
Originally Posted by reberto View Post
The Prelude uses Creative's X-FI chip, I'd avoid that card if I were you.
Why avoid it? Other than the fact that it is made by Creative, the X-Fi is a very high quality audio chip in itself.
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post #13 of 51
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So Ericeod has provided some rather convincing support for the Razer card - especially when its on sale for $50.

What about the HT Omega Striker?
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post #14 of 51
Omega Striker is a solid card, as is the Auzen Xplosion. If I remember correctly they are based upon the same C-Media chipset.

M-Audio Revolution is a solid card for the non-gamer crowd, as is the E-Mu 0202. (Yes, the E-Mu is technically a Creative product, but for the time being it's not been tainted with Creative's driver division)
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post #15 of 51
Is EAX creative only?
    
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post #16 of 51
I can vouch for the HT Omega Striker. It's not the shiniest card out there but it gets the job done, well I might add, on my 5.1 speakers and my headphones. It works perfectly on Vista and comes with a wide variety of features. It comes in at about $80, and you definitely get your money's worth. Here's the link to it on newegg so you can browse through the features and feedback http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829271001

If you've got the cash to spare I'd suggest upgrading to its older brother the HT Omega Claro which comes in at about $175 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829271003
    
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post #17 of 51
I'd recommend B-Enspirer or Xonar depending on your budget.

Quote:
Originally Posted by HrnyGoat View Post
Why avoid it? (Prelude) Other than the fact that it is made by Creative, the X-Fi is a very high quality audio chip in itself.
Because Auzentech use Creative's drivers on their X-Fi models.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Krud View Post
Is EAX creative only?
In a manner of speaking yes. However, Asus Xonar D2X cards are now able to run EAX audio effects via DS3D GX. It pretty much sounds similar to EAX anyway.

To be honest I'd avoid prioritising EAX so highly in a sound card these days. With the fact that HAL has been removed in Vista most developers are switching towards OpenAL and dolby digital effects.
post #18 of 51
What about the HT Claro
post #19 of 51
Quote:
Originally Posted by Benny99 View Post
What about the HT Omega not Striker.
HT Omega is the company - Striker and Claro are their two cards.
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post #20 of 51
Yea i edited my post chipp lol
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