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Mr Bigman
03-06-08, 06:50 PM
I thought the hissing sound was fixed on these cards but no there not.

My wife uses a Nvidia 590 SLI chipset with an XFI Fatility and she claims she still hears hissing on the speakers.

For some reason in the beginning when you install everything, nothing but after use for say a week or 2, the hissing starts.

This is why i have a beef with Creative when it comes to drivers.

This was a big problem with Nforce 4 and Creative XFi.s but the hissing still exists.
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The ASUS Xoner is on its way now.

I pulled that POS and gave here onbaord audio and it works like a charm for her.

I even heard they had an ASUS striker that needed and update cuz of the hissing crap form these POS.

2 year old problem never resolved.

Good Job Creative Your sob's.

nekrosoft13
03-06-08, 07:11 PM
:tiki:

Mr Bigman
03-06-08, 07:35 PM
For some strange reason when i decided to disable the card in device manager, the mouse speed went up so yes the Xfi is also tempermental.

I still like the cards but when there on Intel Chipsets.

Nforce never was Creative Xfi's friend either.

LORD-eX-Bu
03-06-08, 07:48 PM
eh, have you tried to shield your card from the EMI coming from your PSU and graphics card? That can cause all sorts of problems.

The hissing sound sounds like a hardware issue or crappy interconnect between your source and your speakers.

X-fis are pretty awesome cards, well.. the non-crap ass entry level ones anyways. You can get really good sound quality if you do it right :)

amk21
03-06-08, 07:55 PM
My x-fi gives me all sorts of problems on my nforce4

s20
03-06-08, 08:15 PM
I've used my xfi on two different nforce4 boards (abit, msi) and have never had a single problem with it (Vista, or XP).

Now that I think about it, this is my third creative sound card (live, Audigy, xfi) and I've never had a problem with any of them.

Guess I'm one of the lucky ones.

the_recluse
03-06-08, 08:39 PM
No problem either on 2 N4 boards.

Mr Bigman
03-06-08, 08:39 PM
eh, have you tried to shield your card from the EMI coming from your PSU and graphics card? That can cause all sorts of problems.

The hissing sound sounds like a hardware issue or crappy interconnect between your source and your speakers.

X-fis are pretty awesome cards, well.. the non-crap ass entry level ones anyways. You can get really good sound quality if you do it right :)

People shouldn't have to go through that just to enjoy a product.

I buy a soundcard like ive been for the last 13 years and install it and use it.

LORD-eX-Bu
03-06-08, 08:41 PM
well, where is your psu located now? is it at the top or the bottom of the case?

get a usb sound card if you aren't willing to shield your card then. It is very simple.

crainger
03-06-08, 08:48 PM
My X-fi have never given me an issue either. I've used it on both nforce4 and nforce 6.

No issues over here at craingers. I enjoy yhr intall sound card. The x-fi is probanbly the one for games. tho music is pretty nice around it too.

Mr Bigman
03-06-08, 08:50 PM
So where does the hissing come from and why was it a big topic on creative's support forum?

How would you go about shielding the xfi?

nekrosoft13
03-06-08, 08:53 PM
why was it a big topic on creative's support forum?



because creative forums is probably the biggest collection of idiots on the planet

Mr Bigman
03-06-08, 09:00 PM
Somehow i agree with that.

crainger
03-06-08, 09:03 PM
Yeah the Creative forums are a rough place. You have screaming users vowing to never buy another Creative product again, you have the Creative forum staff you constantly let slip tidbits about how the hardware is faulty but there is nothing they can do, then they get gagged.

Bman212121
03-06-08, 09:13 PM
Do your speakers still hiss when you don't have them hooked up to the sound card? More than likely it's the speakers when the volume is high. I have 3 X-Fi cards and I don't have a hissing issue. Another thing to look into is make sure that you have muted all of your inputs because even if you don't have anything plugged into your line in or mic, it might be picking up interference.

Rakeesh
03-06-08, 09:56 PM
well, where is your psu located now? is it at the top or the bottom of the case?

get a usb sound card if you aren't willing to shield your card then. It is very simple.

Or use digital connections, which is not only the best but a perfect solution because you can't get rid of EMI in a PC via any practical means, nor would that fix any crosstalk issues (which are outright unavoidable on the kind of connections creative cards use.) Creative really doesn't like digital connections for god knows what reason. Many other brands have adopted and integrated one of several standards for it.

Tr1cK
03-06-08, 10:00 PM
It's more likely a ****ty Nvidia chipset issue than a Creative one.

Rakeesh
03-06-08, 10:02 PM
It's more likely a ****ty Nvidia chipset issue than a Creative one.

Then why do no other cards except creative ones have any issues with the nvidia chipsets? IIRC Nvidia is well within the PCI spec. And also IIRC the snap crackle pop issues have happened on non nvidia boards as well.

Creative can get away with serious engineering f*ckups because they know people will buy their cards anyways. Their quality control department needs some reworking. If you don't believe me, look no further than their drivers.

Tr1cK
03-06-08, 10:13 PM
I'm not praising Creative, Alpha.

I hate them worse than Nvidias chipsets. There is just no great alternative to soundcards since they shut down Aureal. Nvidia chipsets tend to be crap though, you can't deny that. Nforce3 fast writes, Nforce 4 usb 2.0, 680i frying memory, the list goes on.

Mr Bigman
03-06-08, 10:52 PM
ASUS Xoner is the way to go. shielded card with highend parts and lighted jacks on the back and a software bundled that gives any soundcard buyer a boner.

nekrosoft13
03-06-08, 11:15 PM
wow it has lights!! gonna order 10 right now

Mr Bigman
03-06-08, 11:19 PM
Thats just a small bonus.

Extremetech says it sounds better than Xfi and Auzinteck

crainger
03-07-08, 01:08 AM
My balls say creative sounds better than the asses xsonar and the azethech.

nekrosoft13
03-07-08, 07:30 AM
haha, asus card uses a moded c-media chip.

c-media got the worst driver support EVER! it only took them over a year to release drivers for their older chips that fully supported vista

BronzeGod
03-07-08, 07:38 AM
The Auzentech Prelude is the best soundcard out right now. Hell, they even got Creative's drivers working well now. It has DDL and DTS live decoding enabled now with a recent release too.