I need to know before December 5th so i can still qualify for the rebate! I have been looking through many reviews and stuff, but there's so many options out there, my budget is $80 or less. I got a 7.1 Onkyo receiver coming in and surround sound speakers. I use my PC for 70% gaming, which sometimes also includes listening to music at the same time, and about 20 music.
Requirements for the sound card I want, is to be able to listen to music, game (in at least 5.1 surround), and DVD's (in surround sound or pass through) using only 1 optical connection to my onkyo HT receiver. I don't want to have a lot of wires going from my sound card to my HT receiver, just one.
I wouldnt go for anything else but Auzentech X-Fi Prelude which is a PIECE OF ART
I would go that way, except X-fi's make NVIDIA and Biostar (and some other) boards go wacky. Even then, the Xonar series is better than any other card for movie playback, thanks to it having a bunch of extra dolby playback options.
The D1 is actually an older sound card. The D2 was released back in 2006, and the PCI-E D2X was only released late 2007 if i recal correctly. Still, I would take the D1 over a similarity priced Creative based X-fi for movie playback, for the above reasons.