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Suggestions for a new sound card

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November 29, 2010 3:02:46 PM

Hi everyone

I have a Creative X-Fi XtremeGamer and was having issues under Windows 7 so I decided to go back to onboard.

I have a 5.1 speaker system and I just need a soundcard in the AUD100-150 range which would at least have better
sound quality than the Xtremegamer. The Auzentech X-FI Bravura 7.1 seems to be good enough for gaming and watching
movies but it's based on the X-fi. Is there anything better than the Bravura in that price range?

Thanks for any recommendations...

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November 30, 2010 1:43:48 AM

Well my onboard isn't all that bad...but I can definitely notice the difference from when I had the X-fi...

November 30, 2010 1:58:08 AM

Hi, dgre005.

I would say to go with the Asus Zonar, they are some of the highest rated soundcards out the also the HT Omega's but the can get quite pricey, but its worth checking out their lower models.

Creative over the last few years has really taken a big dump on their customers with shoddy drivers, support, and over priced cards.

Asus Xonar -|29-132-017^29-132-017-02%23,29-132-013^29-132-013-TS,29-132-007^29-132-007-S01,29-132-013R^29-132-013-S01,29-132-020^29-132-020-TS

HT Omega -

I know your in AU, but I am just using the website to give you a reference of the different models. IMHO thier is really no need to spend more than ~$80-$100 AUD on a soundcard unless your planning on doing some high end audio work on your PC.
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November 30, 2010 8:58:48 AM

Thanks for the suggestions...

Yeah I'm not really doing any high end work, so I guess if the Asus or HT models are at least as good as the X-fi
I had before I'd be happy. I'll check out some reviews on those two when I have time...the Xonar DX PCI-e is 98AUD
so I might go for that if it's any better than the DS.


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November 30, 2010 11:10:35 AM

My recommendations:

Budget: ASUS Xonar DS
Mid-End: ASUS Xonar D1/DX, HT Omega Striker
High-End: Auzentech Prelude, ASUS Xonar D2/D2X
Studio (featuring headphone amp): Auzentech Forte, HT Omega Claro Halo/+, ASUS Xonar Essence ST/STX
December 2, 2010 8:02:16 PM

Hmmm...yeah I think probably something along the lines of the Asus DX will be fine for my needs.

Thanks again.
December 2, 2010 8:02:34 PM

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