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So I bought the HT Omega Claro+ card and it was amazing. But then it's not supporting EAX 5.0 and X-ram for gaming. So I went to Fry's and got the Creative X-Fi Fatality Xtremegaming card. The Fatality sounded worse than the HT Omega Claro+ . Then I did some research and found out about the Auzentech Prelude. After reading a lot of reviews ppl said it's the best card for both gaming and music/movies. But is it really true? Im afraid if I get the Prelude it prob sound about the same as the Creative Fatality one since both have the same X-fi chipset. Can anyone help? any suggestions would be appreciated.
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post #2 of 17
You thought the X-Fi sounded like crap?! ....

Mine coupled with Logitech x-540's sounds amazing. What kind of speakers do you have?

Actually input your computer information while you're at it. It is always helpful to know what kind of computer you have.

http://www.overclock.net/specs.php?do=addsystem
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post #3 of 17
It sounds like crap on vista because the drivers for vista are crap.
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post #4 of 17
Your comparing a audiophile pc soundcard (Omega Claro+) which is designed for music to a gaming sound card. Of course one is going to prevail. Let me answer your question though, I am not sure which is the better of the two sound cards (Prelude vs Claro+) Although the prelude uses the same x-fi chip as the X-fi fatality, they are two completely different breeds. The prelude comes with high end capacitors and the highly regarded opamp lm4562 which makes it sound better than the fatality. Not putting the fatality down because it can be modded to the status of prelude with just a few parts. So what comes next is for you to decide if you want gaming or music, but let me tell you the prelude does both quite nicely.
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I have a pair of Sennheiser PC350 headset . And yea Im running Vista Ultimate Ed. 32bit.
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So the Prelude really sounds a lot better for music / movies than the Creative Fatality Xtremegaming ? Because I can tell there's a big difference between my Claro+ and the Fatality. So Im hoping the Prelude is on par with the Claro+ (and I know it also supports for gaming as well as the Fatality).
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post #6 of 17
For the price, I'd go with the Auzentech X-Fi model. If you're going cheap then I'd just get an XtremeGamer.
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post #7 of 17
I'm not sure if Creative's audio console does anything in Vista, but make sure you're not using the Gaming mode while listening to music/movies. It makes everything sound pretty terrible. The Prelude has the better op-amps and capacitors, but whether it sounds "better" will be a purely subjective opinion. I'd get one from a store with a liberal return policy and try it out.
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post #8 of 17
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Yea I know I didnt try listen to musics in Game mode I know it will be terrible. But compare to the C-Media chipset from Claro+, the X-fi Fatality Xtremegamer is pretty terrible. But however I know the Prelude has the X-fi chipset too but it uses a better op-amp and o ther stuff but will those stuff really make a difference?
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post #9 of 17
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Also Im going for a high end soundcard here. So the Prelude is my target but Im not sure the sound quality will be better than the Creative Fatality xtremegamer since both have the same X-fi chipset.
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Edit - Wrong thread.
Edited by Zulli85 - 7/6/08 at 9:56am
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