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Functional Sound Card? (Crashman and all)

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January 30, 2003 8:34:30 AM

Hello Crashman and all.

What would be a functional, non-problematic and very inexpensive sound card? (As old as the Sound Blaster PCI 128 is fine. 5.1 versions not needed.)

Any specific models you've found to meet these criteria?

(Please also specify brands.)

Perhaps one made by Turtle Beach?

Thanks much!
DuckTape
January 30, 2003 11:52:35 AM

a nice and cheap sound card would be the hercules fortissimo II....not to mention it has 5.1 capability...I would stay away from the older sblasters.....


<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by civilized on 01/30/03 08:56 AM.</EM></FONT></P>
January 31, 2003 3:42:16 AM

Like it was said above, the Hurcules Fortissimo II would be more then adequate (if you can still find one around). A card with the C-media 8738 chip would also be adequate, while it may not have the same sound quality as the Fortissimo, the C-media based cards are dirt cheap, and have quite reasonable support.

Cheers
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January 31, 2003 5:18:57 AM

Well im still useing a Creative 512 card.It has all the Basic Speaker Outs.Front ,Rear,and all the useuall ins.Been useing it for about 2 1/2 years.Works really well,and sounds good.With the latest driver from Creative its better yet.But as a note,ive been a Diehard Creative fan from day 1.Say??since around 1988 or so.Im not sure when they started,but that is how long i have been useing them without a problem..Well maybe one.Stupid SBlive Platinum series a few years back..What a Headache.I dumped it really Quick. The 512 card can be had for about $40 or less now. Good luck.
February 1, 2003 6:12:19 AM

I'd say a C-Media card. You can get them for around $6! Of course if you had an ISA slot the old ESS 1868F cards were super solid.

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February 1, 2003 6:14:27 AM

Oh, and take a look at <A HREF="http://www.compgeeks.com/details.asp?invtid=AU8810" target="_new">THIS AUREAL CARD</A>, it's an old cheap 2 channel version, one that didn't overload the crappy VIA PCI bus like their later cards did. Built in drivers in XP. $5.50 and should offer clean sound.

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