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I'm just curious to see what the best technology is right now and also where my X-FI Platinum Fatality Champion Series still fits in with the rest of the high end sounds cards that are on the market.
    
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Define high-end.
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Auzentech prelude is the best.

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Define high-end.
Totally kickarse
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people say nice things about the auzentech prelude, but like chip said, define high end
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Define high-end.
$200-$500
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Chipp
Define high-end.
Exactly.

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Originally Posted by droby1987 View Post
$200-$500
My front right and front left speakers alone cost more than that. When it comes to audio quality you should really take into consideration the speaker setup that the audio will be coming out of.
post #7 of 15
For gaming and music together, your current card is fine. For just music, if you actually want "high end", then this is what you should be looking at:

M-Audio Delta 1010: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/produ...tem?sku=701376
    
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My front and left speakers alone cost more than that.
My Z-5500 speakers and my X-FI Platinum Fatality sound card makes a pretty good couple but it could be better
    
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For gaming and music together, your current card is fine. For just music, if you actually want "high end", then this is what you should be looking at:

M-Audio Delta 1010: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/produ...tem?sku=701376
I don't think I agree here. This is just a higher end sound card with multiple inputs and for added versatility. Actual sound quality would probably be better using a C-Media Oxygen HD chip or similar.

A few options:
Asus Xonar D2X
HT Omega Claro

Other great cards to consider:
ESI Juli@
Auzentech X-Fi Prelude
Auzentech X-Meridian
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I don't think I agree here. This is just a higher end sound card with multiple inputs and for added versatility. Actual sound quality would probably be better using a C-Media Oxygen HD chip or similar.

A few options:
Asus Xonar D2X
HT Omega Claro

Other great cards to consider:
ESI Juli@
Auzentech X-Fi Prelude
Auzentech X-Meridian
And we can't forget external options based on the AKM AK439x, like the E-Mu 0404 or Behringer DEQ2496.
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