Originally Posted by BroadPwns
all the useless gimmicks of surround sound emulation
If you're describing something like say 7.1, which let's be honest, is more of a wall of sound (after)effect than anything else, i'd agree wholeheartedly. If by the above however you're encompassing.. everything, i'd beg to differ.
Again, use-case scenario. Done well and with the headphones to match (assumption being that if you had speakers and an amp at the least, you'd probably be in a wholy different category anyway), surround emulation can be just fine for watching that odd movie on your PC; be it because she's not interested in watching it with you, because she's watching some crappy telly show that makes you want to kill yourself, slowly, or simply because you just want to watch it alone. A matter of implementation and a matter of having the "right" expectations from the start.
This once again leads me to what i implied earlier, so without changing the subject of this topic altogether, let us simply say that if focused on fidelity
, one shouldn't even be reading this subforum; at all
. Be they into internal or external "sound cards".
This is for either the uninformed or the well informed, if you get my meaning.
As to the cards you mentioned, haven't tried either really, they both seemed like knock-offs of some very specific models from.. other brands and i tend to shy away from encouraging such endeavours; which is what one does when one goes ahead and buys them.
If you're happy with either however, power to you.
(last card i was happy with was the Claro [coupled with a [email protected]
], but.. different times..)
Edit: Nightingale missed your post, sorry. Probably changed in the interim and they haven't updated it yet? Pic i've uploaded is from a Creative's PR, as posted on their official channel in Reddit; you check either of the reviews i've listed, you'll find their own pics being identical; either way, it's all good