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Poll Results: Which sound card for Vista x64?

 
  • 29% (23)
    HT Omega Claro
  • 62% (48)
    AuzenTech X-FI Prelude
  • 7% (6)
    Other
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post #31 of 86
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Yeah if the B-Enspirer had upgradeable OPAMPs like the X-Meridian they would pretty much be the same card, aside from the slightly higher quality components and the pcb.
I can't say I've seen too many people share your opinions on the b-Enspirer...
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post #32 of 86
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I can't say I've seen too many people share your opinions on the b-Enspirer...
I'm not saying that the b-Enspirer is as good as the Claro, after all the Claro has better components and opamp. But in my infinite bias for CMI8788 I do like the sound of the b-Enspirer as much as that of the Prelude's. Plus, the b-Enspirer was the first truly superior sound card I had, so I gotta give respect where it is due.
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post #33 of 86
People sorry to say this but Claro is not a overall good card.....One should get a sound card which should be good in everything...which means it should be good in music,movies,recording,games etc.......It should cover all aspects......
Like one should never get a Razer if he/she listens to music and watch movies all the time.....
Cloro is a very good card but in the presence of a Xonar or Prelude or even a Xreme Music it falls behind.........
    
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post #34 of 86
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Wow. I just realized the Prelude doesn't have an actual optical port. Are those combo ports really just as good?

Also, now that I'm reading about all the EAX problems with Vista/ALchemy, and the lack of full DTS/DDL support on the Prelude, I'm seriously considering a CMI8788 card.
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post #35 of 86
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Wow. I just realized the Prelude doesn't have an actual optical port. Are those combo ports really just as good?

Also, now that I'm reading about all the EAX problems with Vista/ALchemy, and the lack of full DTS/DDL support on the Prelude, I'm seriously considering a CMI8788 card.
In theory the mini opticals should work the same way, I used to use the mini opticals on the Audigy 2 ZS and they worked fine, but I can't speak for quality though. BTW I think the Prelude is the only X-Fi based card that supports DDL, the feature is intentionally disabled on the other X-Fi cards, but Vista apparently screws that up as well.

If you can get your hands on an X-Meridian I think it would be optimal, since Auzentech still has very good driver support for them and the swappable OPAMP makes them very easily modded. But then there's the problem of finding one...
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post #36 of 86
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Would you say the Claro is the top CMI8788 card you can buy brand new right now? I'm not looking to buy a used X-Meridian.
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post #37 of 86
Yes, and the Claro + is even better.
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post #38 of 86
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Would you say the Claro is the top CMI8788 card you can buy brand new right now? I'm not looking to buy a used X-Meridian.
Nope.

Xonar D2 is.
    
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Nope.

Xonar D2 is.
Correction, D2X.
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post #40 of 86
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Nope.

Xonar D2 is.
I think it's overpriced and overkill (EMI shield?), no optical ports, and I'm just not comfortable with Asus as a sound card company quite yet

That's it, I'm going with the Claro. I think it fits my needs perfectly and the price isn't TOO bad @ $120. I can do without EAX 5.0. If I were running XP, I would almost definitely go with an X-Fi card.

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Yes, and the Claro + is even better.
Is the plus worth the extra dough? I did read it is slightly better for high quality headphones...
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