I'm starting to get the impression that Battlefield 2142 actually uses EFX, primarily based on how Blue Ripple Sound lists it as one of their compatible games even though Rapture 3D doesn't support EAX (was already legacy when Rapture3D was made).
And in case no one else mentioned it, I suspect that PCIe made X-ram pointless when the sound card has what amounts to its its own high speed bus to run on.
Originally Posted by Isotriv
hmmm maybe I am asking this in the wrong thread but does anybody know: What I should be looking for when shopping for a soundcard?
You see, I heard that built-in motherboard jacks won't be enough to power a headset like the PC360s and in shopping for a new soundcard I am confused as to
what to look for in the first place. Some questions I have are:
Exactly what am I looking for spec wise?
How cheap of a card can I buy? (that will still be enough to power the headset)
Should I get a optical out? (probably for a DAC later or something?)
Are Creative and Asus the top brands for soundcards?
...I pretty much have no idea how any of this works, In fact I'm still in shock that you would need a separate soundcard to power a headset : /
The card I have in mind right now is: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102041 it seems good, but I'd like to spend less than $90 if possible
The PC360 can run off integrated, the primary reason in this thread that we have these sound cards is for their surround effects. If you're going to get a DAC later creative's cards seem to be better at sending everything over optical. The Recon3D seems like a good place to start but they jury's still out on whether it's actually an upgrade or downgrade over the previous generation X-fi. The Recon3D is really still a bit mysterious in terms of what it actually does vs. what's just done in software vs. hardware. No one here seems to have one yet, so we don't really know how well they work.
It's kinda bothersome that this sort of thing is becoming so esoteric with no true mainstream replacement considering that proper HRTF binaural audio has so many benefits.
Originally Posted by SniperCzar
Apparently most cards have a recording option called "Stereo Mix" instead of "What U Hear" so I think you could pull off porting DH from a Xonar, assuming it does all the processing in software like CMSS does. From a few Google searches it looks like the Xonar cards have Stereo Mix but it's disabled in the Windows recording menu by default, so just show disabled devices and flip it on. If DH is your flavor of choice go for it and be sure to report back if it works. I don't have a DH-supporting card though so I can't do the testing myself :(
I'm pretty sure that the X-fi does hardware processing and it's just able to send the resulting sound back to the rest of the system.