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Old November 8, 2011, 06:35 PM
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It honestly doesn't make sense to me to buy either of those cards. The HT is actually a downgrade from the Prelude in terms of SQ. When it was released it was one of the few cards that could bitstream, but now any videocard can do this, so honestly it has no place anymore, not for its price. As for the Xense, unless you specifically want the headset it isn't worth the price. A Xonar D2X has stronger surround channels than the Xense anyways, plus it under half the price.

Go w/ either the Xonar D2X or the Auzen Forte. The Forte has slightly more poor surround DAC's than your current Prelude, but nothing you should notice all that much. Every other card besides these is pretty much a downgrade from the Prelude.
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