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Which Sound Card to get?

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Which Sound Card to get?

  1. Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD

    18.8%
  2. Auzentech Forte 7.1

    29.2%
  3. ASUS Xonar Essence ST

    33.3%
  4. HT OMEGA Claro Halo

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  5. Other

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  1. motasim

    motasim New Member

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    I'm building an HTPC gaming rig and I'm not sure which sound card to get. Main use is gaming ( in which case it'll be paired with Sennheiser PC 360 G4ME headset) and watching Blu-ray movies (in which case it'll be paired with a surround sound-bar type speakers [Yamaha YSP-2200 Digital Sound Projector]), expert advice appreciated.
     
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    If you wait till mid-December there's the new Auzen X-Meridian 7.1 2G coming out dunno how it will perform tho, been looking for a sound card myself since i cant find anyone who stocks the forte in Canada anymore.
     
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    You're right, I've searched a lot and no one is keeping stock of Auzentech Forte in the US as well. I know about the X-Meridian 7.1 2G, but I didn't include it in the short-list since it doesn't have a headphone amplifier,which is a must for me.
     
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    The forte if you can find one, or the Claro if you can afford it.
     
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    I would recommend these two to look at:

    This card was made for gaming with the previous generation gaming headset from the one you are wearing so this should me more compatible with your headset than most of the other sound cards.
    Asus Xonar Xense Sound Card + Sennheiser PC 350 Xense Edition Headset

    This one is Asus nexts sound card which is more powerful than the first sound card, but my reason for picking this one out is because it is made for HTPCs which plays blu-ray content and that second piece I see seems to be for surround sound speakers like the onces you would like to connect to your HTPC.
    Asus Xonar HDAV1.3 Deluxe Sound Card

    These two are the most expensive sound cards on that website, but for what you want they seem to be the best fit, especially the second one.
     
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    The ASUS has built in headphone amp. Whether or not the AMP is suberp quality, I can not say. Sound quality wise the ASUS and Auzentech are about equal. Auzentech has good drivers and XFI (which for me, never gets used at all.). Both have dolby digital which is crap and not needed, because A. you need a good surround system to make use of it and B. any good system will have dolby encoding built in to the receiver.

    If you havent bought the headphones already, I suggest going a different route.
     
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    I've opted for Sennheiser PC 360 instead of PC 350 because I prefer open acoustics to closed acoustics, plus the advantage of allowing the ears to "breath". I haven't bought the Sennheiser PC 360 yet though!

    I haven't bought the Sennheiser PC 360 yet, what different route do you advise? :wtf:
     
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    Buy my X-Fi Xtreme Gamer for $45 shipped. :)
     
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    No headphone amp. ;)
     
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    I'd probably say the Claro or Forte as well, HT Omega has better support though. Ive heard Auzentech support stories... :|
     
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    I'm really interested in Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD since Specs-wise it's excellent, but I really don't know if Creative have solved their drivers' problems, though initial reviews are good so far. Originally I had my mind set on Auzentech Forte 7.1, but it is no where to be found! ... any ideas guys?
     
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    eBay.
     
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    Drivers are equal across all brands, for the most part.

    The titanium HD looks pretty good, but for high end, there is also the Hometheatre HD from Auzentech.

    http://www.auzentech.com/site/products/x-fi_hometheater_hd.php
     
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    ... yeah @ $225! :twitch: ... while it's only worth $150, that's pure theft ...

    ... an excellent card that I don't know how I've missed it before; but at $250 it's way over my budget ...
     
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    That card looks nice been looking for a card for my skarkoon xtatic ever since i couldn't get a forte maybe ill get that and a set of edifier s550 or logitech z-5500

    That auzentech card according to there website is supposed to be the best for everything
     
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    Don't get z-5500's if you get that card. Do yourself a favor and get a surround receiver and speaker starter kit from somebody like Onkyo. Leagues better sounding than the Logitech POS speakers, and upgradeable as well. ONKYO HT-S3300 Home Theater in a Box
     
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    OMG that is awesome but i don't think newegg.com will send it to Canada and there Canada site dosent have it. :(
     
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    Amazon?
     
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    actually i just found them at ncix.com for 399.99 can i hook up my headphones and ps3 to this receiver and use that auzentech card?
     
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    You sure can.
     
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    Do it. I have my computer hooked up to my mom's Sony receiver and 2.1 system it is so much better than any speakers I have ever had. And they aren't even phenomenal speakers.
     
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    i have a question about that receiver if anyone could help out it shows 2 optical in but no out? i need to hook up my TV and ps3 to it (if i get it) which use optical and then have the receiver output to my headphones which use optical.
     
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    My suggestion is grabbing Audiotechnica AD-700 and a boom mic if you need one. A. its a lot cheaper, B. these headphones are pretty much the most comfortable around and sound great.

    I recommend reading up on headphones, the Gaming Headset thread here is a good place to start. It's really a serious purchase if you plan on wearing them for prolonged periods of time. My cousin has 350s and they just seem uncomfortable to me.
     
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    Thanks, I'll look up that thread, and I agree with you; the Sennheiser PC350 look uncomfortable and flimsy to me too. Still; what should I do concerning the sound card?
     
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    I want to vote on that poll soooo bad... but I can't decide between the asus and the titanium hd...
     

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