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Hey everybody

Now I'll be the first to admit I don't know a thing about sound cards. I am more of a Graphics Card and Case kinda guy.

So I was wondering if I'd see any improvement in my sound quality with my Steelseries 7H's if I bought a Auzentech X-Fi Forte?

Thanks in advance

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post #2 of 12
I loved my Forte. They have an integrated headphone amp which really makes games and music sound wonderful. However, their customer service is non-existent and when my Forte died (as quite a few seem to do) I never got a response.
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post #3 of 12
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Hmm cheers mate

I might grab it then cheers. Just a little concerned about the customer service but I guess you get that from time to time.
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I never actually called the company and I've heard of people having success with that. But their ticket system and emails never got me anywhere (no responses in months). The card was great. I used it for digital out via optical to my sound system, headphone out to my A700s, and a few of the speakers outs for random things. Never had an issue. They do use modified (I think) Creative drivers which can be a bit much but just install what you need and they aren't too intrusive.
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yes, but depending on use, other soundcards may be better so....
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Cheers ieatfish

What sound card would you suggest chinesekiwi?
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I just picked up a Forte a couple weeks ago. I cant comment on build or reliability yet but the sound quality is quite amazing coming from onboard audio.

With the right settings the forte is awesome for gaming. I feel like I have supersonic 3d hearing that my gun follows when play FPS. Im sure people some people must think Im hacking .

I dont listen to a lot of music with my headphones on my PC but the testing I did do I had great sound. Im sure other cards are better option for music/movies.

If you do go ahead with a forte make sure to disable all the auto features, like auto headphone detection and the mode switcher.

The headphone detection will screw things up if you have both headphones and speakers connected. And the mode switcher never works for me
    
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I have the Forte for 2 years now, and I have to say its fantastic for gaming. I have the nice 3D sounds to hear exactly where the noises are coming from. Just remember to get the latest driver (Hah! creative and their drivers...)
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I have a Forte just sitting around. If you're willing to pay for shipping, I'll gladly send mine over. I'd rest easy knowing that it is being used by someone instead of just sitting around in my room gathering dust...

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post #10 of 12
You will hear a difference, but barely any. Those headphones won't benefit from the forte.

Let alone, I'd stay away from auzentech from now on. I love my forte, don't get me wrong, but I'm hearing that the card usually dies within a year and or you get really bad tech support.

But ANYWAYS. Mikers' option sounds awesome.
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