I, like many others, have been having some type of issue with my X-Fi since day one which causes static, crackling, etc, and I'm just about at my wit's end with it. There's supposed to be a new driver for the X-Fi in June, and if that doesn't cure my problems, I think I'm done buying Creative products. Bear in mind that I've had problems with Creative Live! and Audigy cards in the past, issues which were never resolved due to their horrible (non-existant?) driver support.
Anyways, I'm seriously considering picking up the soon to be released Auzentech X-Purity. It has some great specs, better than anything on the market. I don't know the price yet, but my guess is it will be somewhere in the $150-250 (USD) price range. I think the only drawback in buying non-Creative is that they can only do EAX up to 2.0. But to be honest, I don't know that I'd really be missing much.
Anyone here use any of their products like the X-Plosion for instance? How has it served you?
Here's the specs:
PCI 2.2 interface with bus mastering and burst modes. Only one 24.576MHz oscillator adopted. 4 synchronous I2S output data stream pairs for using high performance DACs(24bit/192kHz). Four AKM AK4396 DACs adopted - 24bit/192kHz 120dB DAC. Programmable hardware channel routing mechanism–reliable signal routing available. 4 synchronous I2S input data stream pairs for using high performance ADCs (24bit/192kHz). One AKM AK5385 ADC adopted - 24bit/192kHz 114dB ADC. AC97 codec supports AUX input ,CD input, MIC input. All I2S I/O pairs support 32-bit PCM data transfer and adjustable sample rate up to 192KHz. Integrated up to 192k/24-bit S/PDIF transmitter for 44.1kHz,48kHz, 96kHz, 192kHz SPDIF output. Supports onboard high grade TOSLINK (Optical) transmitter module for 192kHz SPDIF out. Supports onboard high grade TOSLINK (Optical) receiver module. Supports onboard CD SPDIF (Coaxial) input. S/PDIF IN selection supports switching between optical input and CD SPDIF input connections. Standard 10PIN Front Panel Audio supports connectivity for stereo audio output and a microphone input from most new chassis.
DTS® Interactive – A real-time 5.1 channel encoder that takes any 2 or more channels and encodes them into DTS bit stream. DTS® Neo PC - An up mix matrix that turns any 2 channel audio into 7.1 channel surround sound. Dolby® Digital Live (DDL) - A real-time 5.1 channel encoding bit stream to facilitate the connection with CE AV receiver. Dolby® ProLogic IIx surround processor spreading stereo audio into 7.1 channel surround sound. Renowned Dolby® Headphone technology, conveying 5.1 surround and 3D gaming audio over stereo headphones. The latest Dolby® Virtual Speaker solution, bringing amazing virtual surround sound fields via general two speakers. C-Media FlexBass™ – LFE channel crossover frequency settable from range 50 to 250Hz in Small speaker mode and Small/Large speaker selectable. C-Media Magic Voice™, popular feature for disguising your tone in online chatting. C-Media Xear 3D™ 7.1 Virtual Speaker Shifter technology. C-Media’s unique Karaoke functions: Microphone Echo, Key-shifting. Individual 10-band EQ for each channel. 27 global reverberation environments. Supports most industrial standards of 3D sound for PC gaming, including EAX™ 1.0 & 2.0, A3D™ 1.0, and DirectSound™ Supports 7.1 CH digital audio playback for WinXP 64, WinXP, Win 2000 (Microsoft® DirectX V.9.0 above is required).
I have heard many bad things from creative, just read the reviews and decide from that, though yor suggested card sounds good
not feeling it ill stick with my sound blaster X-fi i got 2 months ago.
good choice :) !!!!!
FN_lewrbm69not feeling it ill stick with my sound blaster X-fi i got 2 months ago.
I'd do the same if my X-Fi worked properly in my rig, but it just won't. I've tried every obvious and bizarre fix/tweak/setting under the sun already, but the problem persists. Hence my looking elsewhere for a high end soundcard.
I wouldn't call the Auzentech stuff "high end", but it's no worse than anything Creative offers. Auzentech cards have a couple major advantages over Creative, (which is why my next box will probably have one). First: Socketed op-amps. Second: DTS & DDL (I think the latter is the only option on the original X-Mystique, while the new models have both). Third: Optical and coax in/out.
The ALU and drivers are no worse than Creative's either. A2 can probably be found cheaper, but I'd pick an X-Plosion over an A4 or X-Fi any day.