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Just downgraded from an X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro to a SIIG Soundwave 7.1 PCI

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Retail Price of each:

X-Fi = $130.00+

SIIG = $30.00-

The only difference I can hear is that on the X-Fi, the bass and highs are just the SLIGHTEST bit cleaner. Later on today I won't even be able to tell. So there's maybe a 20$ difference in sound quality, but $100? LOL. So glad I returned that piece of junk.

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I am using JVC HA-RX700s
My goal is for my audio setup to output what the composer of each sound intended for me to hear. So I disabled all sound effects, including whatever EQ magic they use to fake 7.1 sound into headphoans. They say that all good headphones have good enough sound staging that you should only use them in stereo anyway. That's probably why I think all these sound cards sound the same save for a very negligible difference in" the general cleanness of the sound," because I'm not using all the extra "features."
Edited by cuad - 2/7/11 at 11:29pm
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haha, nice. Most people either dont' have the equiptment to make use of good sound cards, or just don't care enough to make it worth it. I personally have no care to spend that much money for a small upgrade in sound.

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Exactly. My X540's don't merit themselves to a dedicated sound card. They sound nice (for $70), but onboard works just as well for them.
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Are you guys saying my JVC HA-RX700s aren't good enough?

They're only 40$ so I guess they aren't. I mean, cause then no one would buy the 200$ ones.

The only difference I can hear is that on the X-Fi, the bass and highs are just the SLIGHTEST bit cleaner, but not $100 cleaner. That's just silly.
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Are you short on money or something?
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Yes + I'm trying to stockpile some money for an overpriced monitor.
Edited by cuad - 2/7/11 at 7:00pm
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I have bad news. I just started up Crysis and that electrical buzzing appeared out of nowhere. I'm suspecting that my GPU and the SIIG don't mix. I am testing a whole bunch of configurations. It's either my GPU or sound card causing this. I'm pretty bummed.

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Are you short on money or something?
Yes.
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Quote:
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I have bad news. I just started up Crysis and that electrical buzzing appeared out of nowhere. I'm suspecting that my GPU and the SIIG don't mix. I am testing a whole bunch of configurations. It's either my GPU or sound card causing this. I'm pretty bummed.


Yes.
crysis does that buzz in the intro. It should be fine in-game. I think it does the buzz for a LOT of people. I don't even have a soundcard and I get it.
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I'd take a small decrease in sound quality over Creative drivers any day.
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crysis does that buzz in the intro. It should be fine in-game. I think it does the buzz for a LOT of people. I don't even have a soundcard and I get it.
I'm running my rig without the SIIG (and using onboard sound). The sound is working flawlessly, so now I'm sure that the culprit is the sound card. More specifically, the drivers. SIIG says that the card works with Windows 7 but they offer no Windows 7 driver, much less a 64-bit Windows 7 driver. It'll install in compatibility mode, but I guess that doesn't mean it'll work. Maybe if I used Vista instead of XP for compatibility mode? I'm too lazy to check, cause I'm satisfied with onboard for now. It's either that or that the sound card itself has poor EMI shielding, but I doubt that.

Onboard sound is a bigger step down from the SIIG than the SIIG was as step down from the X-Fi, only because it feels a little "harsh" on the ears. What I mean by that is: with the SIIG and the X-Fi, I could tune out the sound, but with onboard, I always know the sound is there cause it's kind of like an assault on my brain. But hell, my onboard offers the 24-bit 192000khz format which the SIIG didn't AND it offers front panel audio on top of that. God bless the JVC HA-RX700s for making onboard acceptable!

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I'd take a small decrease in sound quality over Creative drivers any day.
Yes, there's a wonderful guide somewhere in this forum that makes installing the drivers a piece of cake, BUT there are a bit too many steps involved, so yes Creative drivers suck.
Edited by cuad - 2/7/11 at 11:36pm
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