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Hey Ocn, I need your help.

A bit of background. I been using my Tritton AX Pros with the Toslink Opitical out of my Asus P5n-d for some years now with the 5.1 surround and loved it!

I picked up a used Gigabyte x48-dq6, and for whatever reason either the optical port is broken or conflicting with my ATI HDMI audio the light doesnt come one so - no signal via spdif/optical Toslink .

I then moved on to try the G9 adapter and bypass the Tritton amp. That was a mess of its own - long story short - I finally have DTS NEO PC going but to my ears this sounds muddy and flat in gaming compaired to the sounds when using the toslink port with my asus mobo.

I was looking into a used Auzentech Prelude that someone got back from an RMA. Its a 7.1 card but Im sure it supports 5.1 as well. Would this card give me a good 5.1 experience for gaming?

Also, for approx $90 would the Prelude be a good choice or should I be looking at another 5.1 Spdif/Opitical card for that price better suited for gaming?

Thanks and plus rep for anyone with legit advice!
    
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Anyone?
    
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post #3 of 10
The Prelude is a fine card for positioning. A little outdated, but still good.
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post #4 of 10
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what about the Titanium or Fatal1ty? or stick with a more current Auzentech?

After hours of research it looks like Im going to ditch my Tritton AXs and get some Ad700's
    
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post #5 of 10
I'd take a prelude over a normal Titanium and the Fatal1ty versions.

If you step up to a Titan Hd on the other hand, it's a different story.
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post #6 of 10
If only you lived in the US right now. There's an incredible deal going on at Fry's for the Titanium HD.
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post #7 of 10
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I put the order in.

ATH-AD700
http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?...=STRK:MEWNX:IT

Azentech Forte PCI-E
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=35596&...h&promoid=1302

Zantec ZM Mic 1
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=13863&...=ZALMAN%20TECH


I was thinking about getting the I/O controller but cant find it anywhere... oh well.
    
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post #8 of 10
look into a HT Omega if you want superior quality
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829271006.
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Yeah, was looking at the Claro+ but consensus on this forum is that X-fi rules gaming - which is all im going to be using this for.

Plus $100 bucks for the Forte after MIB... Im sure there will always be "better"
    
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post #10 of 10
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Well, I have had my Forte in for about a week and after getting it setup I have to say Wow, even with SPDIF out to my Trittons. The direction sound with X-fi is amazing compared to what i was used to with onboard sound.

My AD700 came in today but damn post wanted a signature so I will have to get them tomorrow. cant wait!
    
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