Lookin to replace my X-Fi Platinum PCI card. Just built a new machine with two Radeon 6950's and space is pretty tight. I've found these two USB dac from creative and reviews seem to praise them for the most part.
However I'm not quite sure which I should get. The HD is more expensive than the Pro, which is kinda throwing me off a bit. However it looks like the Pro supports 5.1, where as the HD only supports 2.1?
I don't do any recording, so that's not a factor. But here's what I have for hardware...
Senn HD 555 Headphones
Senn HD 202 Headphones
Steelseries 7H Headphones (Gaming headset)
Swan D1080MKII's Bookshelf Speakers (Powered)
Audio Source PSW110 Sub (Powered)
Also have a Pyle Pro P1001AT Hybrid Pre-Amplifier / Polk Audio Monitor Series 30's
As it stands right now, the Pyle amp hates the X-Fi Plat PCI, tons of line noise when plugged into. This may not be the sound card, but more of a computer problem in general. Onboard sound does the same. But Other devices and laptops seem to not do the same thing.
But with the existing head and space issues regarding the Radeon Crossfire configuration I'm pretty much set on retiring the X-Fi Platinum PCI card to be replaced by one of the two USB based solutions.
So, can anybody chime in on why the Pro is cheaper than the HD? Does the HD offer anything on the line of sound quality that the Pro does not? Thanks in advance for any advice offered.