What Soundcard Should I Get

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by XP Abuser, Feb 14, 2003.

  1. XP Abuser

    XP Abuser Guest

    Hi All ive bin encoding sum music and ive noticed that the files are crackling im using onboard ac'97 sound and dont want this so im going for a spankin new soundcard

    for around 100 quid or maybe a bit more

    need suggestions as i havent bought a souncard for 2 years now and im a bit rusty on the area

    cheerz all:)
     
  2. chaos945

    chaos945 Moderator

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    Well I heard the Hecules cards are pretty good, check out this "sound card round-up" to make your decision.
     
  3. rettahc

    rettahc Guest

    I would recommend the Turtle Beach Santa Cruz, its what I'm using now and I love it.
     
  4. Goatman

    Goatman Ska Daddy

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    if u are a big Audio fan, look at the M-Audio "Revolution" heard wonders about this card for music.
     
  5. Eck

    Eck .user

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    Never had any trouble with my Sound Blaster Live! card. Sounds nice.
     
  6. Nismo83

    Nismo83 OSNN AZN Addict

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    go for audigy 2

    + high fidelity playback
    + eax advanced
    + plays dvd audio
    + built in dolby digital ex encoder
     
  7. XP Abuser

    XP Abuser Guest

    i looked and decided about the audigy 2 and a set of 6.1 inspire speakers should do the trick:D
     
  8. XPletive

    XPletive bbbb-ring...

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    Sweet... You won't be disappointed. I have the original Audigy.
    I've done a ton of LP to CD conversions with it, and I'm still amazed at the sound.
     
  9. xsivforce

    xsivforce Prodigal Son Folding Team

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    I use Audigy as well and have been very pleased with it.
     
  10. Cosmin

    Cosmin Graphic Designer

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    I'll recommend the Audigy Player card , very good for almost all choices , here 75$
     
  11. Jz1397-5

    Jz1397-5 XP Bad Ass

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    good choice with the audigy, i love their cards and have not had a problem except for a minor driver problem that was fixed with one of their updates.
     
  12. Nismo83

    Nismo83 OSNN AZN Addict

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    i just dun like creative speakers.. lack of bass

    i'm currently using Altec Lansing ACS 56.. nice 35W bass and 35 W satellite
     
  13. chaos945

    chaos945 Moderator

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    I use Cambridge Soundworks, they've been great.
     
  14. dreamliner77

    dreamliner77 The Analog Kid

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    1) Audigy resamples all 44.1 kHz audio (read cd's and mp3's) to 48kHz (and very poorly at that)

    2) Cambridge soundworks PC speakers are owned by Creative Labs
     
  15. Jz1397-5

    Jz1397-5 XP Bad Ass

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    under that AudioHQ in device controls you can change the sampleing rate from 44.1KHz - 48KHz - 96KHz. just incase you wanted to know :D
     
  16. dreamliner77

    dreamliner77 The Analog Kid

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    I Don't have an Audigy lying around to test that. But me thinks it must be for the rec in. I know the output is locked to 48. It's part of the damned ac97 spec
     
  17. ZipTriX

    ZipTriX Guest

    If you would read closer, that is for "sampling rate of the PCM SPDIF output of your DIGITAL out connector"
     
  18. Arg0

    Arg0 Guest

    I use a SB audigy 2 card (platnium) and I do radio production with it. When I submitted our latest cd's to the radio stations I work with, every single radio enginner said they could hear a major difference compared to what I was using before(live 5.1). And some of the engineers are *very very* picky. I'm glad I got this card, well worth the money. My 2 cents.
     
  19. Nismo83

    Nismo83 OSNN AZN Addict

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    of cos there is difference and its a major 1

    audigy 2 has a 24 bit advanced hd chip while the live series has a 16 bit chip only. it certainly worth the bucks spent
     
  20. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    not true. cambridge soundworks is it's own respected high-end home audio company. would creative make something like this?

    [​IMG]

    for a while creative sold CS' speakers with "Creative" on them. and i'm convinced, now that creative has their own speakers, they either use some of CS' technology or CS still makes the speakers for them. cuz even cheap creative speakers sound nice.

    [edit] punctuation.