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I really like that card, but I only have spare PCI-E x1 and x16 slots open. On newegg, HT Omega only has one PCI-E card and it didn't look like it had a built in amp...

I MAY be able to move one of my 480s to the lowest slot and put the sound card in between the two cards...
Yea it surprises me how many people on this forum have dual or triple cards hogging up all the space and because of the lack of space stick with onboard audio.
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Just pulled the trigger on the Claro Halo.
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post #13 of 25
Hmm...
would this be of any use to you "oh eater of fish"?

If not, poke me and I will look for another device (they do a 7.1 device also)

[EDIT]
OOPSIE!
Didn't read that you have "pulled the trigger"
Edited by newphase - 1/18/11 at 12:47pm
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post #14 of 25
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Hmm...
would this be of any use to you "oh eater of fish"?

If not, poke me and I will look for another device (they do a 7.1 device also)

[EDIT]
OOPSIE!
Didn't read that you have "pulled the trigger"
That's a home-studio DAC, not for casual listening.
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That's a home-studio DAC, not for casual listening.
I know

It gives a brilliant sound though
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I know

It gives a brilliant sound though
At that price point though there are much better sounding DACs.
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post #17 of 25
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At that price point though there are much better sounding DACs.

Just curious
Edited by newphase - 1/23/11 at 3:08pm
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post #18 of 25
Let us know how you like it Mr. Fish

Also I wanted to mention that you can get these discrete opamps instead of normal ones. You'd need the "Dual OPA" ones with extension leads. They are a bit more expensive than normal opamp replacements but will bring your music to a whole new level. There are descriptions of how each type sound on the linked page
post #19 of 25
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I got the card on Friday. It has been great so far. I don't notice too much of a difference from my Forte but definitely better than my onboard. XD The drivers are very clean and the card seems to be very well built. I like having RCA outputs as well.

One of these days I'll get adventurous enough to try different opamps.
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post #20 of 25
The HT Omega looks killer. I think you made the right choice.

A headphone amplifier and DAC is generally not good for gaming as it doesn't process the signal in a way that highlights the "gaming" effect of the audio. A lot of surround effects are missing with a DAC.

When you want to become really cool for $200, check out the Audio-gd NFB-12 or Maverick Audio Tubemagic D1. I have had the D1 and it was great. My NFB-12 is backordered but my roommate has the FUN and it's killer. The FUN was quite expensive but it's a great piece.

The TubeMagic is cool because it has a tube pre-out so you can get the Maverick A1 which is a headphone amplifier and it also has outputs for desktop speakers. It can power an average set of desktop speakers as long as their sensitivity is at a decent level.
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