which one of these sound cards is better than the rest?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102005 = fatality edition creative one

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829153001 = razer barracuda

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102191 = some other creative one.

btw what are some good 7.1 surround sound system speakers that will actually work in full 7.1 surround sound for a decent price.
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  1. Wait to see how Auzentechs new sound card works out. its due out at the end of May and it's based on the X-Fi so it does EAX 5.0 and it will be like the current Auzentechs and can output any audio stream to DDL and DTS.
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    Wait to see how Auzentechs new sound card works out. its due out at the end of May and it's based on the X-Fi so it does EAX 5.0 and it will be like the current Auzentechs and can output any audio stream to DDL and DTS.

    Interesting. The big down side is so far Vista kills EAX. so in the future it looks like things will be all DXAA. Still i will keep an eye out for that card when its released. will it take in a dts signal and convert it to analog as well?
  3. Razer Barracuda is better but to get the full benefit you need some special headphones made by the same company. The price is much higher than just getting an X-Fi ExtremeMusic.

    I wouldn't buy a Fatality or Elite card. The X-Fi ExtremeMusic is cheaper and offers exactly the same quality. It just lacks several features that I personally don't need.

    I guess it depends on how good your ears/speakers/budget are. If they're all way above average then by all means get the Elite, it's designed specially for you :P
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    Wait to see how Auzentechs new sound card works out. its due out at the end of May and it's based on the X-Fi so it does EAX 5.0 and it will be like the current Auzentechs and can output any audio stream to DDL and DTS.

    Interesting. The big down side is so far Vista kills EAX. so in the future it looks like things will be all DXAA. Still i will keep an eye out for that card when its released. will it take in a dts signal and convert it to analog as well?

    heres all the info

    • Press Release -04.16.2007

    AUZENTECH to develop Sound Card based on Creative X-Fi™ chipset

    Auzen X-FI™ Prelude 7.1 Coming Soon

    Santa Clara, CA -April 16, 2007: Auzentech, Inc. (www.auzentech.com), developer of the world's first Dolby® Digital Live and DTS® Connect PCI sound card, announces today a new sound card series based on the Creative X-FI™ chipset.

    The Auzen X-FI™ Prelude 7.1 is scheduled for release near the end of May 2007. It will fully support EAX 5.0 and have the same expandability as the Auzen X-Meridian™ 7.1. Support for Dolby® Digital Live real time encoding for Vista is scheduled for Q4 of this year.
    The Auzen X-Fi™ Prelude marks the first time Creative has permitted a third-party soundcard vendor to use the Creative X-FI™ chipset in its own soundcard design.

    “By building a soundcard based upon Creative's high-quality X-Fi™ chipset, we are fulfilling one of the most common feature requests from our customers,” said Stephane Bae, President of Auzentech, Inc. "When you're playing games, the Auzen X-Fi Prelude soundcard will output the best 3D audio and latest EAX® effects. And when you're listening to music or watching movies, you'll enjoy an audiophile-quality experience."

    "We’re excited to provide Auzentech with our award-winning X-Fi audio chipset and technology to provide an outstanding audio experience for Auzentech’s customers,” said Steve Erickson, VP of audio for Creative.

    About Auzentech, Inc.
    AUZENTECH, Inc. is a provider of quality consumer electronics products, which is headquartered in Santa Clara, CA. AUZENTECH developed the World's first Dolby® Digital Live Sound card (X-Mystique 7.1 Gold) and the World's first DTS® Connect Sound Card (X-Plosion 7.1 DTS Connect) and continues to bring innovative audio products to the market.
    PR Contact: pr@auzentech.com

    About Creative Technology Ltd.
    Creative (NASDAQ: CREAF) is a worldwide leader in digital entertainment products. Famous for its Sound Blaster sound cards and for launching the multimedia revolution, Creative is now driving digital entertainment on the PC platform with products like its highly acclaimed ZEN™ portable audio and media players.

    Technologies
    EAX® is Creative’s sound card technology that creates 3D sound ambience during gameplay. Real time encoding technology allows any audio signal to be delivered as a digital bitstream to your home theater system. Dolby® Digital Live is a real time encoding technology is provided by Dolby®. For more on these and other sound card technologies, see the Auzentech Sound Card Glossary:
    http://www.auzentech.com/site/support/glossary.php

    X-Fi, Creative, EAX, and ZEN are trademarks Creative Technology, Ltd. Dolby and DolbyDigital Live are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories. DTS is a registered trademark of DTS, Inc. Prelude, Auzentech, and Auzen are trademarks of Auzentech, Inc. All other trademarks remain the property of their respective owners.
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    well, for games at least if all goes to plan the future will all be in Openal even all the old games.

    creative are still the game dev's choice for sound in games.


    oppsy forgot about OpenAL
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