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  • 24% (6)
    Yes
  • 64% (16)
    No
  • 12% (3)
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post #1 of 19
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Perhaps I jumped the gun when I sold my XtremeMusic for this Prelude. I did this partly because I assumed the software/driver problems I was having would go away. Needless to say that I was wrong about that, I've had all kinds of different problems with the Prelude. Keep in mind this is entirely because of Creative, not Auzentech. I'm so sick and tired of it, I just want a high quality sound card that works the way its supposed to work.

So i am open to suggestions for a new sound card. If I am to get a new card I am done with Creative forever. Any XFI suggestions are out the window. I do have some other needs from a sound card as well. It will be used mostly for music listening, so a card geared towards that would be best. It also needs to have some kind of optical in and out for use with my Xbox 360. I would also like the card to have drivers that simply work the way they should and to have good software (if any) so I can tweak the sound of the audio. Again, no XFI recommendations.

The sound card will be used with my Z-5500s but I would like to keep the option for a receiver and HT speakers open. Like I said above it will also be used with my Xbox 360, so optical in and out is a must. Thanks for any recommendations.
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post #2 of 19
Well you can look into the Bluegears b-Enspirer. The Auzentech is supposed to be one of the better cards on the market, but I haven't heard of people having that many issues with it. I would look into either a b-Enspirer or an ASUS Xonar card if you want amazing sound quality without the X-Fi chipset.
    
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post #3 of 19
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Originally Posted by pow3rtr1p View Post
Well you can look into the Bluegears b-Enspirer. The Auzentech is supposed to be one of the better cards on the market, but I haven't heard of people having that many issues with it. I would look into either a b-Enspirer or an ASUS Xonar card if you want amazing sound quality without the X-Fi chipset.
Those cards are alright, but I'd have to pick my sound card (HT Omega Claro+) for the top of the line non-Xfi sound card right now. I love it. ZERO problems with drivers in Vista64.

However, if I was running XP on this rig, I would have gone for the Prelude.
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post #4 of 19
I forgot about the Claro+. I heard amazing things about it back in my Head-Fi days. I need to get some better cans before I start upgrading my sound card, though.
    
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post #5 of 19
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Those cards are alright, but I'd have to pick my sound card (HT Omega Claro+) for the top of the line non-Xfi sound card right now. I love it. ZERO problems with drivers in Vista64.

However, if I was running XP on this rig, I would have gone for the Prelude.
I just did some reading on the HT Omega Claro+ and it seems to be a really nice card. Can you take a few screenshots of the software for me?
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post #6 of 19
If you are having lots of problems I say sell it. Why deal with it if it's giving you troubles. Go for the HT Omega Claro seen I have heard good things about it. Quality of sound is important to me too. Seen I love to play my music.
I've been lucky with my X-Fi and z5500 but some people haven't.
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After further research it appears that the Claro+ only supports EAX 3.0, not 5.0 which is the newest standard. I am not a huge gamer so I'm not sure if this is a big deal or not. At the moment I play a lot of Warcraft 3, but the game itself can't go up to EAX 5.0 so no problem there. I will however play a lot of Starcraft II when it comes out and it makes me wonder if the jump from 3.0 to 5.0 will make a big difference. I doubt I will be missing much though, anyone want to fill me in?
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post #8 of 19
Well, I know I am not supposed to suggest this, but in the Deals section, creative has the XtremeMusic for $50.

I have heard though that the Xonar is excellent for music, and handles games quite well.
    
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After further research it appears that the Claro+ only supports EAX 3.0, not 5.0 which is the newest standard. I am not a huge gamer so I'm not sure if this is a big deal or not. At the moment I play a lot of Warcraft 3, but the game itself can't go up to EAX 5.0 so no problem there. I will however play a lot of Starcraft II when it comes out and it makes me wonder if the jump from 3.0 to 5.0 will make a big difference. I doubt I will be missing much though, anyone want to fill me in?
I believe you will only get EAX5.0 with an X-Fi card. From what I understand, if you run Vista, you probably won't get EAX5.0 even with an X-Fi card.
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post #10 of 19
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I believe you will only get EAX5.0 with an X-Fi card. From what I understand, if you run Vista, you probably won't get EAX5.0 even with an X-Fi card.
I didn't know you can only get 5.0 with an XFI card, I guess that solves that problem. I'm still curious if the jump from 3.0 to 5.0 would make much of a difference. Oh and I'm running XP SP3, there is a large chance that I will never run Vista.
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