In all honesty man I wouldn't have a clue about what's hot in the
5.1/7.1 arena. My experience of surround sound stretches as far as
being occasionally impressed by sfx at the cinema and more recently
being impressed by a few PS3 titles at friend's houses. Technically
though I don't have a clue, since music is the priority here, which
means I'm on the lookout for low noise floors/quiet preamps/low
latency/high throughput etc instead.
Sorry to not be more help...
On 12/27/09, Thomas Ward <thomasward1...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Scott,
> Sad but true. Creative Labs has gone way down hill over the passed few
> years, and their cards are nothing like they use to be. Recently I
> purchased an Audegy for a system and after I put it in there was a lot
> of background noise and it was clear the card was deffective. I ended
> up having to take it back to Wal-mart,exchange it, and that card too
> acted funny. To make a long story short after a couple of attempts I
> stopped using Creative Labs cards and I put a Turtle Beach card in that
> system. These days Creative Labs cards are so over rated it isn't funny.
> Since we are talking about good sound cards what brands do you happen to
> like for gaming? I'm looking for some high end cards to replace my
> Creative Labs cards with that are high end and don't cost a small
> fortune to own. I'm also a musician so I'd obviously want it for music
> as well, but gaming, especially 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound support, is
> high on my list of features. So I'd be interested in what you would have
> to recommend.
> Scott Chesworth wrote:
>> Hi Bill,
>> Technically speaking youtube will sound fairly horrible no matter what
>> you pipe it through, the original quality of your mp3's will play a
>> massive part, which leaves us with better games performance as the key
>> factor. I don't know a lot about products currently aimed at the avid
>> home user because I tend to run anything that's important through the
>> high-end interfaces I use to record music, but they'd be totally
>> overkill just for games price-wise. One piece of advice I can give
>> you though is don't be drawn in by Creative's marketting speak. These
>> days, you'll pay over the odds for what is a very average card with
>> fairly naff D to A conversion if you go with Creative, it always
>> amazes me that people swear by cards that perform badly technically
>> just because the brand used to be good when there are a miriad of
>> alternatives. If accessible games titles are your main focus though,
>> seeing as none of them yet really stretch the capabilities of a
>> high-end card, I'd suggest considering setting aside a chunk of what
>> you've got to spend for decent cables and either speakers/headphones
>> depending on how you tend to play.
>> Hth, headphones are more my bag, so if they get added to the spending
>> list I can be more specific on those...
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