I still use an Audigy 2ZS and thought about buying a new soundcard too for a while. I'm not sure yet though. I mostly use an old headset, so I probably wouldn't even notice much of a difference. The Creative cards still seem appealing to me because they have this 3d simulation for stereo headsets. Maybe also because I bought quite a few Creative sound cards in the past and they used to be well worth the money. Lately Creative seems to have dropped the ball though.
Where do you guys get your reviews for soundcards?
I vote get a cheapass xtreme gamer on ebay for like $25. That, or get an Asus card.
But if you really want better audio get a DAC. Firestone Audio Fubar II USB DAC - AVHiFi
>Omen<;5459697 So if you do decide you want to try the Claro, keep in mind it's PCI vs Pci-Ex, so it makes SLI a bit harder. I think you'll find the reviews on the Claro are quite favorable though, for everything from gaming to music to movies.
I just realized that about 5 minutes ago... great. I'll have to do some serious dimension checks before ordering anything.
As for the Auzentechs, I'm kind of getting the impression they've picked up the ball where Creative dropped it in many cases... but I might be mistaken.
Asus hasn't really been on my radar - until now. Currently trying to narrow it down to a few candidates. I'd very much prefer a PCIe x1 card, seeing as that's pretty much my only free slot if I want to leave space for a future SLI upgrade.... but I still have to do some dimension checks.
The Asus Xonar cards are solid. If you want an expensive card get one of the top end asus ones, they're the best out there.
That's right, I'm reviving this thing - thought it might be a bit much actually creating a new thread for this. I pretty much got swamped in real-life stuff, and forgot all about this thread. Anyway, I've decided to go for the Asus Xonar. Just one final question:
Can anyone explain what the difference is between the xonar D2X/XDT and the D2X, if any?
What are you going to use the card for anyway? For gaming a Creative or Auzentech card may be better.
Gaming isn't the primary use. My goal is decent 5.1 sound on my z5500's for movies
Then that Asus card is probably a good choice. I think the difference between D2 and D2X is just the interface (PCI-E or PCI). I don't think this will have much of an effect on quality, although the PCI-E cards might have more moden versions of the chips.
Correct. However, I'm asking about the D2X/XDT and the D2X. The website I'm ordering from has both. The D2x/XDT is about 2/3 the price of the D2X, but I can't find any difference between the two. Google finds results for both names but isn't listing any differences either.
I can't find any info about the difference either. Asus just lists a D2X on its website. Maybe it is a different revision of the same card.
Maybe someone on the Asus forums knows: http://vip.asus.com/forum/topic.aspx?board_id=21&SLanguage=en-us