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Old 9th August 2005, 12:14 AM   #1
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Default New sound cards: interesting korean one, and creatives latest

I noticed a few reviews of a new korean sound card, and it has some cool features.

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- Dolby digital encoding
- Optical and coax connectors
- Socketed op-amps (that they encourage you to upgrade)

Sad thing is the dissapointing rightmark audio test results (crosstalk and interference). If it wasnt for that it would appear to be quite a good card.

Then theres the new creative X-fi that supposedly increases the quality of your low bit mp3s.

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- The X-Fi chip itself has 51.1 million transistors, 10 times more than Creative's previous chip, the 4.6 million transistor Audigy audio processor.
- 64mb of ram (on certain models)

Personally I hate EAX, I wish games would switch to DD somehow.
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Old 9th August 2005, 12:41 AM   #2
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No comment on the cards per se, but

Good luck digitally manipulating low-fi data to get it better...

Wouldn't it be interesting if some Linux geek finds a way to run a computer-on-a-soundcard? That is WAY more processing power and RAM than old computers had. The amount of RAM on that card is more than all the hard drives in my house when I was a younger fellow.
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Old 9th August 2005, 01:06 AM   #3
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Personally I hate EAX
Me too ! I miss Aureal A3D. Creative bought them so they could kill them.
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Old 17th August 2005, 06:45 PM   #4
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If you want high quality soundcards buy a Creamware Pulsar II. They may not be as cheap as Creative or have all that useless EAX or a gazillion transistors. But they do have DSPs & a sexy software package Creative/EMU could never compete with.
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