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Sounds Cards Comparo (or The search for Aural Pleasure)

Discussion in 'PC Audio' started by smiddi, Feb 8, 2009.

  1. Benno1988

    Benno1988 Member

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    I have Vista, and Kernal Streaming works a treat. Sounds much much better than any setting i applied with the Creative Software.

    Whats this other app/method do?
     
  2. telefragd

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    Isn't that dependent on the application supporting Vista's 'Exclusive Mode'? Of which there are very few.

    For example, iTunes on Vista doesn't sound the same as Winamp + ASIO.
     
  3. anthony256

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    I got one of the Fatality Titanium Champion editions... very nice card, but when I plug in my headphones/mic into the front bay, I get feedback and can hear myself which is annoying.

    Anyone know how to fix it?
     
  4. mshagg

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    Great read smiddi :thumbup:

    Can you give us a rundown on your experiences with Alchemy?

    Ive got an auzentech x-plosion 7.1 DTS lying around if you want to have a tinker and run it through the wringer :thumbup:
     
  5. Liam.

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    good point on the EAX. I never use it for FPS games when I actually need to hear where people are coming from.
     
  6. orby

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    Already stated in previous post.
     
  7. telefragd

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    Bah people are too quick these days or maybe I'm too slow :(

    I'm STILL waiting for my Xonar Essence STX to come in. Hurry up!
     
  8. orby

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    It was you who told me to wait for the STX, I'm so impatient I waited a month or less and just grabbed the D2X from the for sale section ha. Can't wait for your review on it and I'll kick myself later
     
  9. telefragd

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    You chose the smarter option compared to me. I'm sick of waiting :(
     
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    Being using my trusty old Edim AudioFx headphones with no viabration, so its just like 'normal' headphones.

    The amp is... BRILLIANT!

    If your one of those 24/7 nerds like you me your going to be using speakers in the day and headphones in early morning or late night.

    The soundcard may appear like a internal mini headphone amp, but it is no slouch with 5.1 speakers.

    it sounds the same as my audigy 2 zs in many things, with all the xfi stuff turned off this card is pretty much the same.

    This is deffinetly a audiophile music and movie soundcard, gaming feels like a afterthought, but creative has that covered.

    Also i can confirm the card is working at 1x in my pci-e 4x slot and it is very friendly to my computer system.
     
  11. Benno1988

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    Yep. XFi control panel. Place in there where you can select to not have it do that.
     
  12. anthony256

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    I've looked but can't find it :/
     
  13. Benno1988

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    Do you have the fancy control panel? With the 3 different modes when you change it animates the change, or the boring one that just has tabs like normal windows properties shit?
     
  14. anthony256

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    Fancy one where it changes when I change modes (ent/gaming, etc).
     
  15. Tiop

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    so whats a good sound card for ad400's

    should i wait for a review on some of these other cards or go the dx2 ?

    pretty much i only game with it
     
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    I'm waiting for the review on the forte too :)
    And the prelude too if you can get your hands on one ^^
     
  17. BIG.TICKET

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    D2X is a nice choice. If you really wanted to go all out I would go for the Xonar Essence STX.

    The Xtremegamer Fatality Pro (what I'm currently using) isn't that bad either. I think it would be a good pair for the AD400's. However, I'd take the D2X over that.
     
  18. Benno1988

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    Then go to entertainment mode, and there is a tab called Playback. Switch Mic or Input off (i.e. mute them)
     
  19. Tiop

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    mm the essence looks good hard to decide after reading a heap of reviews on it and the d2x, im to noob :(

    sorta seems the essance is slightly more quality especially in stereo where as the d2x is aimed more at gaming with more decoding stuff.

    essance has a build in headphone amp too. seems more aimed at headphones and stereo 2.0 and 2.1 setups sorta makes me wish i got higher end headphones.

    i cant decide lol considering i mostly play games and listen to a fair amount of music (just got my ad400's they are good btw) seems both have things on their side :confused:
     
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  20. yellow_cake

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    i woulda sprung for a D2X if it had a front panel connector. i cant believe they left this out! i hope my rig can handle games and doesnt drop any frames.. that would be quite sad if it did
     

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