humm, they've removed the "audio creation mode" ?? it was there on the 7.1 Forte..even the PDF manual only mentions the "entertainment mode", and they've also removed the "bit-matched playback" option, and there's no ASIO drivers either
a friend of mine is trying ASIO4ALL on XP...it does work but all the drivers DSP work on top if it, they shouldn't...and KS gives BSOD's, hah...X-fear crapola at its best again, why am I not surprised
yeah...sucks, I was really hot for this card w/ two AD797BR
ah well **** this, no KS on XP, no audio creation mode, no ASIO drivers, no bitmatched mode = no deal.
I will output optical S/PDIF from the computer using the killer CMI8768 drivers from Dogbert(they're bit-perfect, automatically bit-matched, forbid SRC and support KS/WASAPI/WaveRT) and feed an external DAC/headamp...no groundloop, no more drivers crapola, no more crappy SMPS...I give up on soundcards altogether.
Been testing this card with a Dual LME49710HA in the Headphone amplifier section sounds great. The stock chip is a LME4972NA, so this is a couple step up the ladder in quality same chip family though. To those wondering if KS work on the Bravura. It works fine, using it right now under XP Sp3 for some testing...great sound!
To those spreading bad information, try testing for yourself before you post some crap about products you do not own and never tested yourself.
Well, I didn't audition the STX/ST and it would be unfair to comment anything ... but I really really doubt it sounds *that better for twice the price. I believe that Bravura is tremendous value for money. You have 7.1 support (for ST you need H6 daughter-board add-on and that's even more $), if not for 7.1 you can use other channels as normal stereo channels for other duties, excellent headphone amp section, redesigned power circuit (so no more special effects from your PC), better gaming support (some people reported actually very good gaming performance) ... and above all it's tweaking friendly.
With some good opamps it will deliver the warm analog sound signature ... if you fancy this of course. I've swapped the Audiotrak for Bravura and Bravura is still in my HTPC. Go figure!