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Mmmm. white, that's unusual, but not bad either.

I haven't heard of this one before, is it really a better music card than all the others?
It is pretty much the king of music playback. The ESI Juli@ is one of the few soundcards that come with balanced output. They are also known for the clarity of the analogue output. It is a great source component to start with if you want to get into PC audio.
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I'd definitely side with the ESI Juli@ or the HT Omega Claro for music.

Gaming, I'd recommend the Auzentech X-Fi Prelude. You can't go wrong with either of those choices.
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Juli@ and Onkyo......There are some people who recommend the Omega Claro but does it have RCA Jacks?

For the best possible music listening experience you need a card with RCA jacks and components to go along with it!
    
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The front panel is NOT something to look over if you are planning on recording from a "real" microphone, or other quarter inch instruments. Also if you are planning on doing work with midi's then you absolutely need that. It also has the optical audio toslink in and outs (the #1 choice connection of Audiophiles)

If you want games and music production go with xfi

If you strictly want audio production and no game performance go with M-Audio
http://www.m-audio.com/index.php?do=...=PCIinterfaces
I'm just concerned about music playback, and gaming to some extent.
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Another concern is Vista x64 support. Will the Juli@ and the Claro work properly?
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Another concern is Vista x64 support. Will the Juli@ and the Claro work properly?
I was considering both before I bought my 0404 DAC, but both have adequate Vista x64 support. From what I read there were a few settings unavailable with the HT card in Vista x64, but overall it should function fine.
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Juli@ and Onkyo......There are some people who recommend the Omega Claro but does it have RCA Jacks?

For the best possible music listening experience you need a card with RCA jacks and components to go along with it!
RCA jacks are useles on a sound card, mini-to-RCA adaptor gets the job done just as well without taking up so much room like RCA jacks. Plus why do you need RCA jacks anyway? If you want to connect to a multichannel receiver you would use optical or digital coax.

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Another concern is Vista x64 support. Will the Juli@ and the Claro work properly?
The Claro should work fine under Vista 64, you use the universal CMI8788 driver which my X-Meridian shares, and it works fine under Vista 64. The Juli@ I'm not too sure. I don't know if it uses proprietory drivers or the regular Envy24HT-S drivers. A quick search on google yielded no problems with it under Vista 64.
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toslink ftw!!

p.s. that white card looks hot
    
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RCA jacks are useles on a sound card, mini-to-RCA adaptor gets the job done just as well without taking up so much room like RCA jacks. Plus why do you need RCA jacks anyway? If you want to connect to a multichannel receiver you would use optical or digital coax.
For consumer-level, RCA on a card makes little sense but in cards such as those E-Mu cards, it's only a matter of convenience where you connect two channels to different sources. For music, listening in stereo is a lot better than listening in surround...
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For consumer-level, RCA on a card makes little sense but in cards such as those E-Mu cards, it's only a matter of convenience where you connect two channels to different sources. For music, listening in stereo is a lot better than listening in surround...
I'm not exactly sure what you meant there, but both the Juli@ and the Onkyo SE-150 have RCA jacks.

Might as well add the E-Mu 1212M to the list of great playback cards as well. There was one review where it was stated that the 1212M's analogue out is superior to the Juli@'s, but I'm not sure how credible it is.
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