Sound cards?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by RobbieSan, Jan 26, 2003.

  1. RobbieSan

    RobbieSan Guest

    hey gang.. I'm looking to replace my SB Live! 5.1.. any recommendations other than Creative for sound cards?

    I've heard about the Hercules Fortissimo and Turtle Beach Santa Cruz.. any others?

    with your recommendations how are they for h/w quality and driver support?

    btw, I am using the Creative Inspire 5300 5.1 series..


    thanks all
     
  2. Zedric

    Zedric NTFS Guru Folding Team

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    Audigy 2 is very nice. THX certified... *yummy*
     
  3. [CpK]Bastid

    [CpK]Bastid Guest

    RME Hammerfall
     
  4. Alex_is_Axel

    Alex_is_Axel .:: FTPAlex ::.

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    im pleased with the Audigy Series of Soundcards to i recommend any of them :D

    :cool:
     
  5. RobbieSan

    RobbieSan Guest

    thx guys
     
  6. Cosmin

    Cosmin Graphic Designer

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    Yea , I also recommend Audigy cards , especially :
    - Audigy2 eX
    - Audigy2 Platinum
    - Audigy Player which I have (img. below )

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  7. dreamliner77

    dreamliner77 The Analog Kid

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    Stay away from any Creative cards if you care about sound quality.

    1) They resample all audio to 48khz and do a poor job of it (quantization noise)
    2) Drivers suck
    3) Extrememly overpriced compared to cards that sound better and work better.
     
  8. DFX

    DFX OSNN Senior Addict

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  9. Nick M

    Nick M Moderator

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    Turtle Beach cards are simply awsome. Audigy 2, that's nice, but to hell with that, I'm waiting for Audigy 3 :)
     
  10. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    if was getting a new sound card, i get a hercules.
     
  11. canadian_divx

    canadian_divx Canadian_divx

    dreamliner77
    what card do you recomend then??? what what does the sample rate do for quality, and is it the higher the better or lower better?? nad right now i am at 96KHz sample rate with my audigy card
     
  12. Zedric

    Zedric NTFS Guru Folding Team

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    Higher is better.

    I've had no problems with my Audigy 2, sound quality is great!

    Oh and you don't get a THX certification is the sound quality is bad. Simple as that.
     
  13. dreamliner77

    dreamliner77 The Analog Kid

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    Higher is not necessarily better when it comes to sample rate. Things should be played back using their native sample rates (mp3, cd's = 44.1khz dvd=48khz)

    Playing back at a higher sample rate only gives you more chances for noise to enter. It CANNOT add sound quality.

    I recommend the Terratec DMX 6 Fire, shown above, Turtle Beach Santa Cruz, Herucles Fortissmo III, Any cards from Delta or M Audio.
     
  14. jcoria

    jcoria Guest

    budget, high dollar, inbetween

    I use Turtle Beach SC and CL Audigy 1, hell even some of the onboard sound, esp. the NFORCE2 boards, sound great. For price though, get the new Fortissimo. Great for games and DVD's and pretty good for audio.

    JC
     
  15. ZipTriX

    ZipTriX Guest

    I'm just curious to know how someone can make an opinion about the different sound cards, when they are using a SB PCI16. I mean, have you installed each one and tested them for yourself?
     
  16. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    well, dreamliner is right about the whole sample rate thing...

    and i do know the DMX 6Fire beat out the Audigy in a review i read... especially when it came to sound accuracy and recording quality.
     
  17. dave holbon

    dave holbon Moderator

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    It's logical, sampling a 48Khz track at 128khz will produce only more noise.
     
  18. Friend of Bill

    Friend of Bill What, me worry?

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    M-Audio Revolution is my next sound card.

    Audigy 2's don't perform according to their posted specs but are pretty good cards anyhow.
     
  19. dreamliner77

    dreamliner77 The Analog Kid

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    Just to reply, I don't use the PCI 16 in my main machine anymore, I use a Delta 10x10 recording card. But the I'll put the PCI 16 up against any of the Audigys anyday. The PCI 16 does not resample, I believe the last CL card not to resample was the 512. Regardless, sometimes the simplest cards are the best.