I've dealt with the GTXP and the Muse XL. The Muse is a decent 16 bit low end card. The GTXP is, imo, the best that's out there and is in my system. I have only 2 complaints.
First, sometimes when doing a 5.1 test the center channel and subwoofer don't work. I have to click on 2.1 or something else then click back on to 5.1. It's weird. I don't think it's actually not working in 5.1, I just think the testing software is a bit screwy.
My other beef is that if you lose the CD you can't load up the drivers that you download from their site. If you have the drivers loaded up from the CD already and update the drivers from their website you're okay. If you put the card in a different pc that doesn't have the drivers loaded up from the CD you can't use the drivers from their website. You have to first load up the drivers from the CD then dl the new drivers from the website. If you get a Hercules card make a copy of the drivers CD and don't ever lose it!
To start press any key. Where's the "any" key? --Homer Simpson.
Due to bad experiences in the past with outdated drivers on the CD's that ship with new hardware, unless there is no other driver available for a device, I always install new hardware with the latest drivers from the manufacturer's website. Unless the drivers are specified as being strictly an upgrade file, and the full driver set on the CD <i>must</i> be used, (as is the case with my ADSL Alcatel modem), I don't use the CD. Early driver sets + BSOD's = Bad News.
I installed a Hercules Game Theater XP 6.1 last month, and never touched the CD. It's still in the box. I installed the card with the 5.12.1 v4.10 drivers from the website, and then upgraded to the v4.84 drivers a few weeks later from Windows Update. The card runs and sounds great using these drivers, so I haven't bothered to install the newest version that was released a couple of weeks ago. If it's not broken ...
Perhaps the difference with my computer was the operating system? I'm running WinXP Pro ... and you?
The GTXP is definitely a good card for the money. The clarity and punch of this sound card combined with my Klipsch 4.1 Promedia speakers is a cut above, and certainly superior in every way to my last so-called audio solution, a SoundBlaster Creative 5.1 Live Platinum. I quite literally gave that card away, and I was glad to see the last of it. Even when it was working, and I had all four speakers functional (which was tricky with the Live Ware! bloatware package), the tone was muddy, the mids were missing, and the high end lacked sparkle. And it popped loud enough to wake the dead, regardess of the BIOS PCI latency setting.
I was a professional musician for about 25 years, and I've heard more speakers and sound systems than I can begin to remember. The Herc card is the first I've owned that begins to approach the over-all tonal quality and stereo separation that I prefer.
I'd feel guilty about it if she had better speakers, or actually cared. LOL! But all she does is hang out in Paltalk chat rooms, and if someone happens to be singing in there, it's usually so bad that even the SoundBlaster can't hurt anything. ;-(0)
Give your friend a Turtle Beach SC, show him how cool it looks when SoundBlaster PCB burns, and maybe he'll start talking to you again. :smile:
Well actually a friend of mine was wondering about the Fortissimo III or Digifire 7.1 (thought this might be a good place to ask for opinions), I posted another message about it but almost no one answered so I wanted to know about Hercules overall quality.
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