Originally Posted by mer
thanks for your input.
I will try to find the revo 5.1 for like 30-40 pounds . I will try it ... but I was thinking ... doesnt the emu cards have better dacs and headphone outputs ? I do believe ya that revo 5.1 is very good with headphones... I read reviews and indeed it is one fine card ... but I was wondering how is it compared to the x-meridian ? X-meridian is a new card r ... how is the analog part / headphone out of the x-mer ? I also can find emu 1820 for very cheap
Ya most of the E-MU professional sound cards and the X-Meridian have better DAC than the Revo5.1
This is what I found for the X-Meridian:
# 4 pcs 24-bit/192 kHz AK4396VF (120dB-part spec.) DACs for 7.1channel output. (24-bit/192kHz in 7.1channel playback)
# 1 pc 24-bit/192kHz AK5385VF (114dB-part spec.) ADC input (24-bit/192 kHz recording)
So the AK4396VF provides a theoretical bandwidth of 120 dB which is higher than the 114 dB found with the AKM 4358 in the Revo5.1. Also this card has
# DTS® Interactive - A real-time 5.1 channel encoder.
# DTS® Neo:PC - An upmix matrix technology.
# Dolby® Digital Live (DDL) - A real-time 5.1 channel encoding.
# Dolby® Headphone technology, conveying 5.1 surround and 3D gaming audio over stereo headphones.
which should be fun to use with headphones.
So from the specs this card should outperforms the Revo5.1 but I cannot comment on its software and drivers. From my experience, M-Audio Revolution line has the simplest (to use) software while still providing lots of option. Creative cards I know for sure cannot compete against M-Audio in this aspect. I have yet had a chance to use any of the E-MU but it looks complicated and probably would take longer time to load. And from my previous experience, Creative drivers are buggy at times as well.
I would read the review from the link provided below and see how the software/drivers work. If it is not too much of annoyance to you then I would recommend you to try this card, unless of course it is beyond your budget. If you are ready to use professional card then I guess you can either try the E-MU's, ESI Julia, M-Audio Audiophile 192, or some of the other ones but those cards do take time and patience to work with.http://www.guru3d.com/article/sound/399/1/