I currently have a Creative Audigy 4 running on Vista with Creative T7900 Speakers. The Drivers are absoloutly terrible for Vista. I know it's the drivers because I've tested it on XP with exactly the same setup.
I've been looking @ the Creative X Fi Titanium (not Fatal1ty).
People say though that the Xonars are better and others say Auzentechs, but they both cost more. I don't mind spending more as long as I hear the difference.
It is music that I want to use it for mainly. I may do some light gaming from time to time but nothing demanding!
I want my music to be loud and clear (don't we all)! With the Audigy I've got now it's loud but really unclear!!
What do you guys suggest?
P.s I want to keep my Creative Inspire T7900 Speakes
I have the Titanium fatality and love it. I don't understand why people are hating lately but it works for me. By the way the fatality and non fatality are the same thing except for the aluminum shell.
Xonars are far and away the best cards for all around usage right now.
I (finally) managbed to put a rig together not plagued by SCP issues by Creative sound cards (It only took 3 mobos to find one not affected...), and SCP aside, I still rate the Xonars higher in overall sound quality.
Auzentech doesn't seem to have the same constant driver issues Creative does; go with them over Creative.
Really, it comes down to those extra options that come built into the card (DTS, X-fi, etc), so do your own research before buying. Both the Xonar D2(X)'s and the Prelude are top of the line cards free of driver issues (as opposed to Creatives junk drivers...)
I don't know, I have two X-Fi's in Vista 64 and not only do they sound great but their drivers are quite quite good now with a lot of utility. Did Asus and Auzentech finally make some really good drivers for their good sounding gear?