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Ho hum, I've looked through more of the available boards and as far as I can tell ALC1150 is the only option now for micro-ATX and mini-ITX (except for the EVGA Z97 Stinger, which appears to be a poor product at an insane price.) So by default one decision is made, it has to be Realtek.   As for a full size system, it would appear to be a choice between a Gigabyte GT and G1. G1 has the Sound Core3D (plus a couple of other minor differences) and is around $70-$80 more. I...
My question is for a couple of new PCs to be built from scratch, so it's really a case of trying to make a best guess on which will be the most adequate substitute for CMSS-3D headphone. Right now I'm back to only using an old Core 2 Duo system with Linux, it's got some old Asus specific Realtek (ALC1200) which I'm not sure will give much insight into how the modern stuff works?   I'm mainly concerned with contemporary games this time (I do have a Titanium HD which will...
Hi all, does have any thoughts or know of a good comparision between latest Realtek ALC1150 vs Sound Core3D (with the full range of SBX studio features) for someone wanting to buy a new Z97 motherboard and not able to fit a soundcard due to lack of space? It seems to me that there is limited choice anyway, most 'premium' motherboards integrate Realtek 1150, just a few Gigabyte and EVGA have the Sound Core3D for this chipset generation. Any other alternatives? (the Creative...
  That's a very interesting bit of info, thanks. I hadn't really thought about this detail. Does the 02 work in the same way? or is this an advantage for the C5?
  useful to know thanks!   one more question, are any other colours planned for the C5?
Edited my post, the IEM bit is probably irrelevant to use on the desktop, but the no channel imbalance is the key reason I'm interested in this.
How suitable is the C5 as a desktop amp? does it charge whilst in use?   I read somewhere that the C5 is recommended for IEMs/headphones of 32Ω or greater, but the C5 output impedance is stated as 2Ω on the specification page. I'm considering some Sony earphones that are 16Ω, so by the ⅛ ruile of thumb the C5 should be suitable?
Thanks :) I was really hoping that you might answer as you really seem to know your X-Fi's (I also just bought a Titanium HD in preference to ZXR based on your discussion in your binaural thread - I wanted the HD also for some retro games but on a newer system, iirc you said that where supported the software effects aren't quite as good as the original hardware driven version, and that suits me fine as I buy most of my games on gog.com)   I don't have an XP licence,...
EDIT: card is gone so the questions are moot, but thanks to Nameless for the quick history lesson below, it's much appreciated!   There is a small possibility that I could get an X-Fi xtreme for approx €30-€35, I need to find out which version it is, but I have questions anyway as I've actually no idea if these cards are worth having. I would install the card in an old system, uses I have in mind would be retro gaming, some music listening , and some TV...
Whatever happened to the Objective Desktop Amplifier design from nwavguy? the blog hasn't been updated since May, is the project dead or are you still expecting to have an ODA product Oliver?
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