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Old 01-22-11, 08:18 PM   #25
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i game on mine, never heard a problem.
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Old 01-22-11, 09:27 PM   #26
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This is what i'm interested in too. I play games on my PC, not listen to music on it. i have a dedicated AMP for that. The gaming sound is the most important thing as well as mic support for Team Chat.

It is the reason I don't know which card to get.
This description sold me on the XONAR D2X/XDT :

Asus Xonar D2X is the world's first PCI-E interface high end audio card featuring SNR up to 118dB. Xonar D2 provides intuitive DS3D GX to solve Vista gaming audio issues, and Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC) for best voice communication quality, the Xonar D2X will undoubtedly provide the best gaming experience ever.

ASUS Xonar D2X -Solution to Windows Vista Gaming Audio Problems
With the introduction of Windows Vista, the whole audio architecture landscaped has been changed. This has resulted in teething problems for gamers - with the possibility of losing all surround sound or hardware accelerated Direct3D and EAX while gaming in the Windows Vista environment. To circumvent this problem, the ASUS Xonar family of audio cards utilizes an ASUS exclusive technology - the new DS3D GX extension in the Xonar D2X driver; to provide full support for surround sound and hardware accelerated features by translating DirectX to the DS3D GX. While other solutions like OpenAL requires special installation and game support, DS3D GX doesn't. Gamers can enjoy DirectX gaming with hardware enhanced surround sound and EAX effects automatically and immediately after installation.

Cleanest Voice in Online or LAN Game Chatting
The Xonar D2X also includes the innovative "Acoustics Echo Cancellation" (AEC) technology to facilitate the best online voice communication quality. AEC can eliminate up-to-40dB speaker echo return and suppress noises that would otherwise enter the users' microphone – making the Xonar D2X the best audio card choice for online chatting in VOIP applications (Skype, MSN, Google, QQ, etc.) or online gaming.

Unparalleled Sound Clarity
The ASUS Xonar D2X also features a signal- to-noise ratio (SNR) of 118 dB for both audio in and out - reaching the maximum limit of audio quality on most PC platforms. Unlike generic audio cards in the market that provide the highest SNR to only the front stereo outputs, the Xonar D2X is able to deliver 118 dB quality audio for all 7.1 channels.

Dolby and DTS for Complete Digital Home Experience
Besides delivering impressive audio quality, the Xonar D2X is also packed with multiple sound technologies from Dolby and DTS to deliver outstanding entertainment experiences. These include:
-Dolby Digital Live: Converts PC or game audio content into Dolby Digital in real-time.
-Dolby Headphone: Creates a surround sound listening experience when using any set of headphones.
-Dolby Virtual Speaker: Delivers a vibrant surround sound listening experience from stereo speakers.
-Dolby Pro Logic® IIx: C reates up to 7.1-channel surround sounds from stereo or 5.1 sources.
--DTS Connect: Includes DTS Interactive and DTS NEO:PC
--DTS Interactive for real time AC-3 encoding.
--DTS NEO: PC stereo to multi-channel expander.
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Old 01-22-11, 09:32 PM   #27
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wouldn't all these features be already in the stx + more? minus surround sound?
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Old 01-22-11, 10:10 PM   #28
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wouldn't all these features be already in the stx + more? minus surround sound?
No,not the EAX 1.0/2.0. The STX is mainly a audiophile soundcard,more for highquality music playback than for games. Eventhough it can and will play games the likelyhood that you'll run into compatibility issues is greater on the STX than on the d2.

STX supported standards : DirectSound, A3D 1.0, OpenAL, Dolby Digital Live, Dolby Pro Logic II

D2X/XDT supported standards : DirectSound, DirectSound3D, EAX 2.0, EAX 1.0, A3D 1.0, OpenAL, Dolby Digital Live, DTS Connect, Dolby Pro Logic IIx, DTS Neo:PC
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Old 01-22-11, 11:01 PM   #29
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No,not the EAX 1.0/2.0. The STX is mainly a audiophile soundcard,more for highquality music playback than for games. Eventhough it can and will play games the likelyhood that you'll run into compatibility issues is greater on the STX than on the d2.

STX supported standards : DirectSound, A3D 1.0, OpenAL, Dolby Digital Live, Dolby Pro Logic II

D2X/XDT supported standards : DirectSound, DirectSound3D, EAX 2.0, EAX 1.0, A3D 1.0, OpenAL, Dolby Digital Live, DTS Connect, Dolby Pro Logic IIx, DTS Neo:PC
from everything i read....eax 1/2 is free for everyone, so the stx should support it, 3/4/5 is done via software using asus own drivers (via openal), which is also supported by pretty much every xonar card.

the main disadvantage would be the surround sound, but ure using headphones ><!...

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OpenAL,
A3D 1.0,
EAX 5.0,
DirectSound,
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stx supports eax 1/2. and 3-5 through software like K007 said.
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I like my X-Fi

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i know, it's wonderful.
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Old 01-23-11, 05:19 AM   #34
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stx supports eax 1/2. and 3-5 through software like K007 said.

Strange, the tests i read last night claims otherwise but it doesn't matter to me, atleast now i KNOW that the dx2 supports it and it was a tad cheaper aswell. Win/win for me.
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Old 02-01-11, 11:39 PM   #35
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I have an Auzentek X-Fi Forte that Nekro recommended and I had an ExtremeMusic card before this one. I never have cracking or popping in anything and it works great. Much better than my Creative card.
I had that xfi forte. Got it because it had a headphone amp and a mic pre-amp or vice versa. Was good for those things. But gaming, anything with high bass, snap crackle pop. Was out of retailer warranty and I didn't want to sell that crap on kijiji or ebay. Threw the thing in the garbage literally and went straight back to xfi titanium fatal1ty champ. Not your audiophile card like the asus cards are, but the best bang for your buck over a auzentech. Also had a pci version of one of the 1st pci auzentech xfi cards. same issues. Fortunately I was able to return it to the store before the 30 days of retail return warranty wore out and got my money back.
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Old 02-07-11, 08:44 AM   #36
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holy crap...loving the essence stx...the sound is INCREDIBLE!...
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