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Hey guys,

I've been using my Auzentech Prelude 7.1 for a while now. Been a great card on and off. Some drivers my Mic port wouldn't work, EAX and all that stuff has never worked and now, for some stupid reason upon cold boot turn on, sometimes I get a really bad crackling in all sound until I reboot the computer, (after which everything is fine). To be honest with you I am sick an tired of these stupid little driver problems that have stifled an amazing sounding sound card.

I am using the sound card to do the following things:
Game, Movies, Music.
Powering:
1. Logical Z-2300 2.1's (3.5mm port)
2. Audio Technical ATH-AH900 (Also on 3.5mm that I plug into the headphone jack on my Z-2300 control unit because it uses the amplifier in the sub)
3. Yamaha RX-768 Amplifier to power my Klipsh Powered 5.1 surround in my living room (Optical combo port, but I do this very rarely as I now stream stuff wirelessly)
4. A 3.5mm Microphone for Skyping, but this can be connected to my motherboards onboard sound if required.

I was thinking of upgrading to either an ASUS XONAR STX or ASUS Xonar ST. I realize that the ST is a better card than the STX, but it uses an older connection interface. Would either of these cards be adequate for my needs?
Edited by ReignsOfPower - 4/23/11 at 4:01pm
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Any insight at all?
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Quoting RallyMaster from http://www.overclock.net/sound-cards...stx-vs-st.html

Quote:
The DSP (digital signal processor) on the Xonar series is native to PCI. It uses a variant of the CMedia OxygenHD (CMI8788). In order to connect to a PCIe connection, it uses a bridge. Earlier revisions of the drivers showed that there was a few latency issues but those have been hammered out.

From what I heard, the ST has a better clocking circuit, which may reduce digital jitter. However, jitter in many cases is not readily audible and you might as well just get the card that suits your situation.
I've had the Essence STX before I upgraded to a dedicated External DAC. Its a great card and you won't find anything else better at its price point.

The only reason I replaced it is because upgraditis kicked in...
post #4 of 7
i think the two cards you have chosen are fine for your needs but i am not the best at audio so you might want to wait for someone else also i would go with the STX
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Oh and you may want to wait for this:



You should be able to put up with onboard audio for now
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Nice DAC. Probably going to cost an arm and a leg!
I was going to grab the ST but I'm afraid I wont have a motherboard next gen which sports a PCI slot. Also, the molex power adapter, is that necessary for normal use or just for the headphone DAC?
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I must admit the drivers do suck a little for the prelude but I have not experienced the problems you have. I just get now and then no sound randomly but only happens about once a month.
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