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I don't like the UI :p Might change my mind if the SQ difference is big.
There are almost endless combinations of UI's, you can change/modify it yourself actually. That's why I love it.
Plus it has ASIO support for my card.

I wouldn't worry about SQ that much, the difference is minimum (if there is any at all).
 
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I also use Foobar2000, it can play .mpc with no need for plugins.
 

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There are almost endless combinations of UI's, you can change/modify it yourself actually. That's why I love it.
Plus it has ASIO support for my card.

I wouldn't worry about SQ that much, the difference is minimum (if there is any at all).
You're right, I could not really notice unless with headphone. I'd stick with AIMP. :p
 
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You're right, I could not really notice unless with headphone. I'd stick with AIMP. :p
I love AIMP - it's perfect right out of the box. It comes with a couple decent skins, I love the way in manages playlists - although it's not completely intuitive, if you can find some cheese at the end of a maze, you can probably figure it out. And the tag editor is nothing short of kick ass. I can point it to a 30gig sub-directory with mixed media files and it will rename only the audio files based on the template I give it. For really huge directories it could take 30-60 minutes, maybe a bit more, but it doesn't choke and works perfectly. I fuckin' love AIMP.
 
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I like Foobar2000.
 
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even with the Xfi drivers installed and crystalliser tweaked, my auzen still sounded better at default settings.
you can't compare auzentech soundcard with realtek's chip on a mobo - it really made a small difference in my case, switching from primary to anything else gave me a bit more gain, less "mud" in the bass and a bit clearer high end. this is pretty noticeable in the music i listen to (tech/prog house, techno, etc.), altough combined effect is in the same class as eg. 128kbit/s mp3 vs 320kbit/s mp3.
 
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Has anyone ever had microphone problems with X-Fi based cards? Maybe it's chip-related, I don't know. I have Auzentech X-Fi Forte (after two RMAs it finally works), and I just can't make the mic to work. To be more specific, it does work, but it's terribly quiet even if I pump the volume to 100%, put the mic virtually inside of my mouth, and yell like mad. There is the usual mic boost option, but that's the catch: when I check it, speakers start to produce terrible noise which almost breaks windows (and tbh the voice is not that ideal, volume-wise either). Anyone has any idea?
Basically there is something completely wrong with sensitivity of the mic input on the card.
Ironically enough, when I use onboard Realtek, it works perfectly. Arrrrgh!
 

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According to me,If you are on board to support DTS or DDL encoding than the optical or digital, may still be enabled using a different HDMI sound card or audio device (such as modern ATI and NV GFX card) benefits. Optical / coaxial connection is still not do anything like a multi-channel PCM or Dolby TrueHD or DTS Master HD audio without loss of quality audio formats.
 

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I have the Logitech X-530 speakers. Does it make a difference if I use an onboard sound card or a dedicated sound card (<50$) for gaming and DVD movies?
P.S.Yeah I know, I am lazy. I have too many things going on right now so I don't have the time to research.
 

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I have the Logitech X-530 speakers. Does it make a difference if I use an onboard sound card or a dedicated sound card (<50$) for gaming and DVD movies?
P.S.Yeah I know, I am lazy. I have too many things going on right now so I don't have the time to research.
not really, they're too low end. IMO with those speakers they have background hiss even when not connected to anything, so i doubt you'll notice much difference between any soundcards unless your onboard is REALLY bad.
 

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Well i am using-

Asus xonar dx digital out/ Yamaha dsp a5/ 5x sony 110w satelites/ pioneer 110watt sub.

My system sound very nice now, even though i know some people would say using the onboards digi out it would sound just as good, but i don't know.
 

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Well i am using-

Asus xonar dx digital out/ Yamaha dsp a5/ 5x sony 110w satelites/ pioneer 110watt sub.

My system sound very nice now, even though i know some people would say using the onboards digi out it would sound just as good, but i don't know.
Digital out doesn't always sounds as good. Depends on what has the better DACs. Your sound card or your receiver. And Spdif can't do uncompressed multi channel.

If my choices are onboard digital out or analog outs from a higher quality sound card, I'll go sound card every time. It's the same for 2 channel and compressed multi-channel, but it's better in uncompressed multi-channel.
 
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tigger has the world's most expensive passthrough lol
 

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Shit, I missed that. Yeah, using the digital out of the sound card is totally pointless.
 

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I used to use winamp then I tried foobar now I use
http://www.aimp.ru/
and its the best _music_ player since winamp 3.x
 

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Its ok guys, i understand the derision, but my amp does not have a 6 channel input or i would have been using the analogue out from my card to the amp. I am trying to get another amp that has the 6ch inputs. But anyway my sound setup sounds fooking sweet either way so deride away :p

Which has the best DAC btw, the amp or the soundcard, anyone know?
 
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Its ok guys, i understand the derision, but my amp does not have a 6 channel input or i would have been using the analogue out from my card to the amp. I am trying to get another amp that has the 6ch inputs. But anyway my sound setup sounds fooking sweet either way so deride away :p

Which has the best DAC btw, the amp or the soundcard, anyone know?
Brown Burrs dacs are the best,Just make sure you get a amp with the newer chips.As for sound card why not use the HDMI from your video card? I use mine to the Onkyo a/v.
 

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My amp does not have HDMI or i would have tried it, i guess i need a new amp that has a 5.1 ana input. or maybe a seperate DAC then connect my soundcard digi out to that, then to the ext decoder input on my amp?
 
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you can have 10 receivers with the same Burr-Brown DAC and they will all sound different. it's not the chip it's how the company implements it.
 
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twilyth thought I should post this.

this is the cheapest way I know to hook up a pair of passive speakers to a computer.

Dayton Audio DTA-1


there is also the Dayton Audio DTA-100a

you can hook up either Class T-Amp to a sound card or DAC.
 
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Ever since MS dropped HAL support, and considering the craptastic driver support overall on sound cards and the price, performance and scant selection of 5.1 PC speakers, I honestly don't know why most PC gamers with any kind of sound budget at all even bother sticking with internal PC sound.

For around $450 you can get a pretty good entry level HT receiver with Burr Brown DACs and fairly decent 5.1 speakers with floor standing fronts and an 8" sub. The only caveat is, you need to shop for the receiver in the few months following the Superbowl to get the best prices ($150).

Decent speakers however can be had at good prices quite often, like the Jamo S426 HCS 3 mated to their SUB 210. Fry's has the S426 HCS 3s for $200 and will match net price on the sub for $100. I just got those speakers for my Yamaha RX-V371, which also has Burr Brown DACs.

If you have deep pockets though, Wolfson DACs are da bomb, but only found on higher end receivers.
 

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Ever since MS dropped HAL support, and considering the craptastic driver support overall on sound cards and the price, performance and scant selection of 5.1 PC speakers, I honestly don't know why most PC gamers with any kind of sound budget at all even bother sticking with internal PC sound.

For around $450 you can get a pretty good entry level HT receiver with Burr Brown DACs and fairly decent 5.1 speakers with floor standing fronts and an 8" sub. The only caveat is, you need to shop for the receiver in the few months following the Superbowl to get the best prices ($150).

Decent speakers however can be had at good prices quite often, like the Jamo S426 HCS 3 mated to their SUB 210. Fry's has the S426 HCS 3s for $200 and will match net price on the sub for $100. I just got those speakers for my Yamaha RX-V371, which also has Burr Brown DACs.

If you have deep pockets though, Wolfson DACs are da bomb, but only found on higher end receivers.
1. most people do not want spend time messing with the amp to manage the volume/inputs
2. no matter how good the amp is the quality will only be as good as the input you are feeding into it
3.HAL != direct sound and direct sound was a stupid idea to begin with and I am not sorry to see it gone creative can go fk them selves with there proprietary api's and bullshit
and a 8 inch sub ? rofl
theres two 10's sitting under my chair
and a 12 behind me :)