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Guys,

I pretty much play games only and was thinking of upgrading from onboard sound. What is a good card with minimal compatibility issues that doesnt cost too much?

Lets say around $100 AUS

FYI I use sennheisser hd555 powered by an amp connected to the motherboard sound.

Thanks!
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the asus xonar dx has good reviews. and doesnt have lots of problems like the creative products
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829132006
    
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I see the Asus Xonar DX here for $100

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?...ducts_id=13190

There is also the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium for $110

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?...oducts_id=8169

Can you please tell me how and why creative have a lot of problems?


EDIT I guess I also wanted to say that I listen to music HEAPS and I have a strong dislike for driver based utilities that bloat my system.
Edited by sbsolarski - 3/2/11 at 7:43pm
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post #4 of 9

Because you love MUSIC a lot, the Xonar DX is the obvious choice. If you can get the DX from Amazon, it's only 87 bucks, no tax, free shipping.


Creative HAD issues in the past, but most of those are mainly gone. Thing is, the Asus card is much better than the Creative card for this price range. If you want to go up to 135 though, the Titanium HD is the next best card.
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post #5 of 9
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I'm defenitely leaning towards the xonar at the moment, one question though regarding EAX, I plan to play battlefield 3 like a hermit and because the xonar emulates EAX will the quality be poorer? is EAX even worth it?
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post #6 of 9
In terms of gaming sound positioning, the X-Fi is still unmatched. The Xonar's emulation doesn't even hold a candle against a proper X-Fi sound card in BC2. If the BF3 sound engine is anywhere like BC2's, there is no doubt the X-Fi will prevail.

I own and use a Xonar D1 and an X-Fi Titanium HD. The Xonar has more driver issues than my TiHD does. I'm completely unable to control music playback volume inside Foobar2000 if I choose the Xonar D1 as the output whereas I'm perfectly capable of changing volume with the Titanium HD. The Xonar D1 also bared its teeth yesterday and started cutting audio in and out in Test Drive Unlimited 2. Yeesh.
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post #7 of 9
i dont think u have to worry about the EAX emulation on xonar for BF3,as BF3's sound engine dont really need EAX nor support it. maybe DSPs like CMSS-3D or Dolby headphone are something u might want to choose between,because no single card so far can provide both.
post #8 of 9
I personally have never had any problems with my xonar dx, and it sounds great with everything.

I am just using speakers though, so the positional audio might be better on the x-fi card.
     
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This whole EAX support is just all bull.... Have windows 7 who cares about that and get a DX. Have xp? Do yourself a favor and get a DX! Music was allot better and noticed no change for game sounds. I went from X-fi to a Xonar, glad I did.
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