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Old 03-12-11, 02:21 PM   #13
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So lady luck was smiling my way today -- a local electronics store happened to be going out of business, and I scored a Sound Blaster Titanium X-Fi for $60. And holy ****. I cannot believe how much..."crisper"...everything sounds. I am so incredibly blown away.
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Old 03-12-11, 02:41 PM   #14
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I had an X-Fi... Gamer I believe it was? Maybe the eXtreme one, forget now. Anyhow I had it hooked up to my 5.1 A/V receiver and honestly *much* preferred the optical out on the onboard. I could see the massive improvements when using my headset but when using my speakers... just sounds better with the on-board's optical out.

Like I said if you primarily use headphones definitely worth it IMO, if you're using good external speakers on a decent receiver, not worth it.
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thread jack: should i disable the onboard audio in bios? i didn't, and maybe once every couple weeks i get a BSOD in BFBC2, and i think it may be audio related...

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is that what azalia audio is? i couldnt find any integrated audio option....
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Yes, that is what azalia audio is.
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Old 03-12-11, 06:30 PM   #18
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So lady luck was smiling my way today -- a local electronics store happened to be going out of business, and I scored a Sound Blaster Titanium X-Fi for $60. And holy ****. I cannot believe how much..."crisper"...everything sounds. I am so incredibly blown away.
same, i am on the asus version but onboard is so crap!...i am glad some of those high end motherboards like i saw of the gb assassin have x-fi onboard.
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Old 03-13-11, 01:59 PM   #19
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So lady luck was smiling my way today -- a local electronics store happened to be going out of business, and I scored a Sound Blaster Titanium X-Fi for $60. And holy ****. I cannot believe how much..."crisper"...everything sounds. I am so incredibly blown away.
Your so Lucky, I just ordered one from Newegg 179.99.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102033
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Old 03-13-11, 05:58 PM   #20
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Sound card is good, I'd stay away from creative though - there are numerous problems with them. Just for a few examples:

- Their drivers are awful
- They internally remix all sound sources to 48/16, so bit perfect audio is impossible
- Infamous popping sounds
- More expensive than better cards (e.g. asus xonar series)
- They have poorly shielded PCB's so EMI from other devices in your PC will distort audio.
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Sound card is good, I'd stay away from creative though - there are numerous problems with them. Just for a few examples:

- Their drivers are awful
- They internally remix all sound sources to 48/16, so bit perfect audio is impossible
- Infamous popping sounds
- More expensive than better cards (e.g. asus xonar series)
- They have poorly shielded PCB's so EMI from other devices in your PC will distort audio.
Sure there are better cards out there but i can honestly say in the three years+ i had this card i haven't had one single issue .... So far.
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Old 03-13-11, 06:10 PM   #22
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Xonars are usually more expensive than comparative Creative and Azentech cards here in AU anyway

New Creative cards have shielding also. They also offer the best performance in games. Asus cards can randomly drop 15FPS in some games like Bioshock, if it's a driver issue, then clearly ASUS drivers need work also.

I myself have had no issues with Creative or Azentech cards. Then again, I've been using PCs since 1987 so I was here when sound cards came in with DOS and early Windows. If you've been through that anything these days is a walk in the park.
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I myself have had no issues with Creative or Azentech cards. Then again, I've been using PCs since 1987 so I was here when sound cards came in with DOS and early Windows. If you've been through that anything these days is a walk in the park.
I used to use creative cards until SB Live (which was my last one) After that I didn't care anymore because DirectSound pretty much meant an end to compatibility problems. (remember in the dos days if you didn't have a creative sound card or an ad-lib it was pretty much hit or miss for which games supported your setup)

Personally I use the HDMI port on my Radeon. End to end 8-channel bit-perfect audio. WASAPI support works perfect too so I listen to music using MPC-HC/reclock. It's quite impossible to get better audio than that Literally it just can't happen.
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Old 03-14-11, 02:34 AM   #24
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Well it can, but it's well out of the realms of gaming.

Remember Gravis Ultrasound? LOL The Disney Sound cards? Oh man. I remember even Tandy/Radioshack had one.
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