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Azuzentech Forte Replacment

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So my Forte worked awesome. The sound quality when listening to music and watching Anime/Movies was amazing compared to Onboard.

My Forte worked fin for like 4 months then a Helicopter buzzing noise appeared I tinkered with it swept and reinstalled, made sure onboard was disabled etc. It still persisted. I uninstalled the card threw it back in the static free bag and boxed it for a few weeks. I recently installed it on ym new build and it worked fine for like 3 days before the Helcopter sound came back.

I am never buying Azuzentech again so I am looking at a replacment.

I read that the Essence STX and HT Omega Claro Halo are good cards to get. Anything anyone can tell me about them? I want to get the best sounding card and I have PCI and PCIe lanes avaliable.
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I've not tried the Essence STX personally, but I hear (pun unintended) it's an outstanding card if you have the right equipment to back it up.
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Well, I own the HT Omega Claro Halo. I ran into an issue with lack of PCI accessibility, and will be moving on to the Essence STX. If you decide to purchase the Claro Halo, feel free to PM me, I have one for sale, still have the box as well I believe.

When I purchased the Claro Halo, I was either unaware of the Essence STX, or more likely, it wasn't out yet. I ended up selecting the Claro Halo because of the dedicated Headphone amp. I used it to drive Sennheiser HD650 headphones, and it did so wonderfully.

As for differences, I do know that the Claro Halo has a daughter card that you can get for it, in case you need 7.1 analog output. That is an option that doesn't exist with the STX. Don't know if it has any relevance.

I do know that both cards are heralded as some of the best available sound cards for PCs (in the consumer market). Either would be a great choice.
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