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nV`andrew
05-05-11, 07:52 PM
So my sound card (X-Fi) is many years old, I got the XtremeMusic when it first came out. It's now starting to crackle and pop at various times. I've tried different headphones, same thing, and I doubt it is the PCI slot because this motherboard is pretty new. I don't have room to move it anyways.

So I'm looking for something new. Hopefully to match the sound quality of the x-fi if possible. However, I'm on a tight budget as I just spent nearly two grand on parts for my car...
Is there anything out for less than a $100 that's decent?

I was looking at this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=29-132-013&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Page=2#scrollFullInfo

Any help is appreciated, specs in sig.

Roadhog
05-05-11, 07:54 PM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829132006

nV`andrew
05-05-11, 08:15 PM
Forgot this board has PCI Express x1 slots. Hmm I may go for that one after I get my next paycheck. Thanks for the suggestion. Pretty tired of creative

Shatmusket
05-08-11, 01:38 PM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829271006 is excellent. AWESOME drivers, they never crash.

If the price is too high, definitely grab that ASUS DX. I tried it, it is very nice for the price, same chip as the one I posted but more of a value card.

Bigbuck
05-08-11, 03:32 PM
I bought the DS along with the Corsair HS1 headset. The combination is pretty sweet. In BC2, I can hear people crouching through the bushes 50yds away. Not to mention I can hear a tank from anywhere on the map. Not kidding, the sounds are very distinctive. Movies sound good as well. The audio center has plenty of adjustments but make sure you have the older drivers. With the newest ones, don't remember version number, everything would washed together. Using the older drivers fixed that and haven't had any problem since.

Stoneyguy
05-08-11, 03:41 PM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829271006 is excellent. AWESOME drivers, they never crash.

If the price is too high, definitely grab that ASUS DX. I tried it, it is very nice for the price, same chip as the one I posted but more of a value card.

I approve this message. I really love my eClaro.

Shatmusket
05-08-11, 04:46 PM
I approve this message. I really love my eClaro.

I love it so much, it got me to register here! 5 star premium audio card.
HT Omega are definitely on the right track to make a dent in Creative's share of the market. I won't fall for their shenanigans anymore... not after trying a Titanium HD. Great card but still has HORRIBLE drivers and it had a problem with an echo in BC2. Never again. :headexplode:

nV`andrew
05-08-11, 06:10 PM
I went with the DX guys, thanks for the help. Should be here tomorrow so I'll post how it compares to my XtremeMusic :)

Roadhog
05-08-11, 06:20 PM
I went with the DX guys, thanks for the help. Should be here tomorrow so I'll post how it compares to my XtremeMusic :)

Good choice. It will really make your xfi sound like onboard. I went from and xtrememusic like you to Xonar STX and the difference was insane.

Sean_W
05-09-11, 03:49 PM
Yeah, I'm seriously considering buying a Asus Xonar DG 5.1.

Redeemed
05-09-11, 03:51 PM
On-board optical-out to optical-in on dedicated 5.1 A/V receiver FTW.


:bleh:

mcolbourn
05-10-11, 07:47 AM
Yeah, I'm seriously considering buying a Asus Xonar DG 5.1.

The DG is a nice card (I have one). If you are not using optical then its a great upgrade over on-board sound worth the money imo.

Sean_W
05-10-11, 09:16 AM
The DG is a nice card (I have one). If you are not using optical then its a great upgrade over on-board sound worth the money imo.

I feel I need something better than my on-board sound now. I wouldn't touch Creative any more because of these crap drivers, so I look at the reviews for the Asus and they were all positive. I'll be ordering one soon. :)

jackeywilliam
05-11-11, 12:57 PM
A sound card is a peripheral device that attaches to the ISA or PCI slot on a motherboard to enable the computer to input, process, and bear sound. It accredit the computer to output sound through speakers affiliated to the board and manipulate sound stored on a disk.

fasedww
05-11-11, 06:37 PM
I just got two of the SoundBlaster X-Fi Titanium HD sound cards pci express, They are alot better than my Xfi Fatality sound cards they replaced sound much better in games music movies, they are just as good as my Asus Xoner Essence STX a matter of fact.:D

Sean_W
05-14-11, 11:31 AM
My local dealer (http://www.web-systems.co.uk/?page=Products&pid=5628) had them in stock so I popped down and brought one today. It's a very nice improvement. :D

Rakeesh
05-14-11, 11:44 AM
I use the HDMI port in my Radeon. Works beautifully :D

mullet
05-14-11, 11:59 AM
I use the HDMI port in my Radeon. Works beautifully :D

Bingo, My receiver loves it.

Pennyboy
05-14-11, 07:11 PM
I just got two of the SoundBlaster X-Fi Titanium HD sound cards pci express, They are alot better than my Xfi Fatality sound cards they replaced sound much better in games music movies, they are just as good as my Asus Xoner Essence STX a matter of fact.:D

Cool, glad you are liking the SB Titanium HD. I have just ordered one to replace my Xf-fi Fatality xtremegamer. Just wondering, how long is the optical TOSLINK cable that is supplied with the card?
This is what I will use to connect to my Logitech Z-680 speakers. I have heard its only a foot long which would be too short. I would need about 4 -5 feet.

Bman212121
05-14-11, 07:25 PM
Cool, glad you are liking the SB Titanium HD. I have just ordered one to replace my Xf-fi Fatality xtremegamer. Just wondering, how long is the optical TOSLINK cable that is supplied with the card?
This is what I will use to connect to my Logitech Z-680 speakers. I have heard its only a foot long which would be too short. I would need about 4 -5 feet.

If you're going to be using a high end sound card you'll want to use the analog ouputs from the sound card. The reason is because the Digital to analog converters in the sound card are going to be better than what the 680 has, and it allows the sound card full control of all of the speaker as well as more mixing options. One really nice setting on creative cards is the ability to do upmixing and take a 2 channel audio track and spread it out over all of the channels. The 680s can only do stereo x2 or dolby, which means either the center channel isn't doing anything, or the back speakers seem really weak.

Pennyboy
05-18-11, 03:24 AM
If you're going to be using a high end sound card you'll want to use the analog ouputs from the sound card. The reason is because the Digital to analog converters in the sound card are going to be better than what the 680 has, and it allows the sound card full control of all of the speaker as well as more mixing options. One really nice setting on creative cards is the ability to do upmixing and take a 2 channel audio track and spread it out over all of the channels. The 680s can only do stereo x2 or dolby, which means either the center channel isn't doing anything, or the back speakers seem really weak.

Ok, cool thanks for the advice.

Pennyboy
05-27-11, 04:12 AM
My Titanium HD arrived today :) I have not installed it yet will do that tomorrow but looking forward to getting it in my system.

fasedww
05-27-11, 05:01 PM
My Titanium HD arrived today :) I have not installed it yet will do that tomorrow but looking forward to getting it in my system.

You will be amazed", well worht it'>:)

Pennyboy
05-27-11, 09:38 PM
You will be amazed", well worht it'>:)

Hey fasedww, just got the SB Titanium HD installed (also did a full format and reinstall of Windows 7, didn't want any kind of driver conflict from my old Fatality card). Damn I am amazed there really a is difference from my Fatality. I had that card for around 4 years so was use to the sound and the Titanium HD is a step up from that, I would say a pretty big step up and def a noticeable difference probably not a HUGE difference but a pretty damn big one and worth the cash. I have just tried listening to 320kps Mp3 listening so far. I using the optical cable to connect into my Z-680s. Looking forward to trying some games next!

XDanger
05-27-11, 10:04 PM
bare bones sound card would be an interesting product,The general public like things simplified, Would zif sockets degrade sound quality?

Lego sound card please.