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Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by stuartb04, Apr 26, 2010.

  1. stuartb04

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    Pretty much any sound card will push more db's than onboard. Perhaps go with a cheaper Asus DX or an Auzentech X-Raider.. if you can find one. :toast:
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    I have the exact speakers. It pumps too much bass, but still good none the less. Just get any good soundcards to get the most out of them. Be careful with the Asus Xonar though, the D2 is PCI while D2X is PCIe X1
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    usb soundcards are usually not recommended unless you really have no choice - for example, a laptop.

    you shouldnt be afraid to open your case up & put a new card in (if that is the issue) its simple as making love to a beautiful woman....

    just gotta open her up & slip it gently into her slot...
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    Just get an x-fi titanium for $80 or less, and call it a day, if you have money get an auzentech.....
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    its gonna have to be a choice between an Asus Or Creative card - Auzentech cards have pretty poor distribution in Europe
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    Wut?

    External soundcards often carry less features than similar-priced internal ones, but they're a lot less afected by the PC's electrical noise, which is why top-end soundcards are almost always external.


    That said, I don't think speakers of that grade will have a much better sound using a discrete soundcard.
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    Negative on that one

    depends on what your looking at - if your looking at a soundcard for a music studio then yeah - quite a few of them are external but they have some really exceptional internal cards for those who dont have the space to have a huge breakout box of knobs n switches on their desk.

    M-Audio is a good example

    top-end sound cards ALWAYS have a EMI shield - examples of this are Xonar ST, STX, & D2X - Creatives XF-i Titanium Fatality Pro series, Fatality Champion series

    & the EMI shield greatly reduces the effect of electrical noise - If this method didnt work & prove to be effective then companies wouldnt bother putting it on their cards as it costs money.

    Please stop spreading false information
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    Looking at auzentech's high end stuff and I don't see any EMI shields..
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    That used to be the case in days of X-Meridian and X-Prelude. It's much better now, but i agree, still far from what i'd want. I could only find Auzentech cards at 3 retailers. Out of which, only 2 offered Forte cards, otherwise they only had crappy Bravura.
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    Well i dunno a bout other countries in Europe but in the UK its extremely difficult to get hold of one

    more Auzentech cards have popped up on the ebay search but their from Australia.

    some of the companies here are some of the biggest names in online retailing in the UK & if they dont have the cards then the possiblility of sourcing a card from within the UK is pretty much less then 5% chance - you might get extremely lucky & pop into a run down computer shop that ones ever seen or heard of & they might stock them. otherwise no-one has stock or sells them. Ebay is really the only option for people in the UK.
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    Do Auzentech have a fatality series? I think not ;):toast::toast:

    you could make your own EMI shield anyway & in most cases it will improve the quality of your Audio.
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    I'm working on a design now actually. I'm wondering if it should have large grates or tiny holes to help with air flow as the card was not designed and tested with covering in mind....
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    If the titanium Fatality Pro/Champion is anything to go by, I dont think it matters too much...

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    those little dots at the top arent holes - just small indentations to make the card look like raptorJesus. the back is still open

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