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Old August 5, 2008, 10:10 AM
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Ok, well I want to grab a dedicated sound card and need some help picking one, but have some requirments.

1) around $50-$60, im not huge audio guy so I dont need some super fancy card

2) needs to have Digital coaxle out for surround sound, I have a older 600w surround sound system but it only has a coaxle in port for surround sound.

3) windows vista x64 support

I was looking at this diamond one, any comments on it?
NCIX.com - Buy Diamond Xtreme Sound 7.1 Channel 24BIT 96KHZ PCI Sound Card - XS71 In Canada.

any suggestions are very welcome :)
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Old August 5, 2008, 10:29 AM
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Well digital is bit-perfect no matter the soundcard. So it really doesn't matter what card you choose as long as you can find drivers for it.
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Old August 6, 2008, 01:51 PM
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..not quite, digital can be compressed in both lossy and lossless forms and so digital is not always bit-perfect.
If you want full surround sound in games movies and music with your system then you will need a card with Dolby Digital Live or DTS-Connect.
Look for a card with 1 or both of these output options. The Xonar DX, may work for you but it is $89. If you have a bit more cash you can buy the Auzentech X-Plosion Cinema for $100, do the Rebate and get the card for $69, which is not bad for that card. It will give you what you want for digital and still have nice analog quality in case you change your system in the future.Good luck on your card hunt.
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Old August 6, 2008, 02:43 PM
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Thanks Rob, i ended up making a second thread about the omega striker

How good is the HT Omega Striker 7.1?

And in the end I decided to not order some WC parts and instead got my self a Auzen prelude :D

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Old August 6, 2008, 02:50 PM
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Sorry, I just seen that one too. For get the post. Good choice BTW.
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Old August 6, 2008, 02:57 PM
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Thanks, I was told that if your a gamer the Prelude is a very good choice, especialy for the $125 sale ncix had on them that ended last night lol
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Old August 6, 2008, 03:51 PM
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Actually, many consider the Prelude to be the top of the hill for gamer soundcards.
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Yes, in XP with EAX5; in Vista...still undecided for me.
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