I recently purphased a sound blaster recon3d fatal1ty pro and i'm just wondering if i should be underwelmed by this card? I'm using it with a set of 5.1 logitech speakers. Turned onboard audio off and installed the proper drivers. I can tell a bit more power behind the audio in say bf3; Nothing crazy though. Are these new sound blasters not that great or may i be doing something wrong here? I notice some of the older x-fi's are in the same price range.
The general consensus is that the Recon3D are underwhelming, partly because the sound quality is inferior but also because numerous features are missing (namely hardware OpenAL support). The older X-Fi Titanium put out amazing sound quality and are still top of the line IMO. I will not be replacing my X-Fi Titanium Fatality Pro any time soon
I personally don't think you'll be able to hear the differences between onboard and entry level sound cards until you are dealing with much better speakers. And I don't mean louder like the z5500s though thats a start. While as stated you don't have a good sound card to begin with, I'd honestly return it and the speakers and just get better speakers for your onboard.
Been out of the loop for too long. Probably one of the more expensive THX sets. My point is the z5500s are where you are just starting to get to the good sets. I liked it and noticed things when I was using my HT setup. 7.1 home stereo hooked up to tower speakers with 15" subs in them. For the first time I heard tanks rumble.
I own a recon3d pcie ( standard version ) and I have the same feeling, I compared it to the onboard audio and there isn`t much of a difference, the only real difference are in games and the 3d effect surround sound is more profound and clear. am thinking of getting a asus xonar essense st, but worried that it might not perform well in games.