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Which sound card? Claro Halo or Forte?

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April 20, 2010 1:43:18 AM

Trying to decide between two different sound cards for my high end build. Any insight would be appreciated.

HT | Omega Claro Halo

Auzentech Forte

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Bolas
April 20, 2010 2:45:46 PM

Hi.

Why do you need a sound card?, the onboard sound that comes with the mobos today is aver good and have high quality in sound and performance.
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April 20, 2010 4:34:17 PM

Onboard is better, but still can't compete with a soundcard. Nevermind the total lack of onboard sound for 5.1 digital encoding, or virtualization techs (Dolby Virtual Speaker, etc).

The Halo is a bit overkill, although it does compete with the Auzentech Forte and ASUS Essence STX. The Halo doesn't offer anything unique though, where Auzentech has full X-fi (for what its worth), and ASUS offers EAX 5 emulation.
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