I wouldn't count out X-Fi just because it's main differentiation is a little dated, it's entirely possible you would subjectively prefer CMSS-3D over DH or TruStudio, and the main objective difference FWIR with cheaper sound cards is cost, amping, S:R ratio, and... maybe some things I haven't thought of, lmao. Among Asus, PurpleAngel suggested the Xonar DS (or was it DX? [Edit: NEITHER! If you just use headphones, especially the easy-to-amp AD700, the most logical value choice of the Xonar sound cards is the DG]
), but if you can find a cheaper refurbished Creative Titanium (the model without the HD moniker), then that would also be a great choice that would also as a bonus allow full compatibility with games featuring some of the greatest sound design ever. If you're in the US (I forget), Newegg frequently puts them on sale (they just had a sale and sold out, but they'll get more). If they're about the same price, the Titanium probably gets the edge over the DG.
I loved/love my AD700, IMO still is that you don't actually get more competitive than that (I also give it props for comfort), I only upgraded to improve the musical dynamics.
Originally Posted by NamelessPFG
I tested the Recon3D USB on my desktop running through my Stax system. There are noticeable differences in the presentation between THX TruStudio Surround and CMSS-3D Headphone in OpenAL-native games (did the bulk of my testing with Unreal Tournament and Battlefield 2) which I find to be a regression overall, but having the former's still better than just plain stereo.
If you don't mind setting up an EA/Origin account, by all means, get BF1942. I still consider it one of the best entries in the series overall, along with BF2, and it's old enough that even computers with integrated graphics could run it decently (assuming we're talking GMA 4500MHD or better). Just make sure you set up ALchemy with it, as it uses DS3D.
I had a pretty good Christmas, thanks. Not a whole lot under the tree compared to past years, but I still got some nice stuff and some time with the family.
As much as I mind EA, I already have an origin account set up from Star Wars: the Old Republic. Which was actually a fun game, ran well enough on my GTS 250 GPU, but I think MMO's in general are too much of a time commitment if you want to play with the same friends. I noticed the GTX 460 (SE?) was on sale at Newegg for like $63... But I'm still holding out to upgrade till I can afford a GTX 660 which I'll kit out with aftermarket cooling
Meanwhile BF1942 sounds like loads of fun, I'll let you know when I set it up if you feel like joining sometime
It will be a good test to figure out how to set up ALchemy. I expect to pick up Thief and Baulder's Gate Enhanced Edition soon
Glad you still enjoyed your holiday! Mine seemed... shorter lived than childhood Christmases, but I still had a ton of fun and surprised my mom by giving a bunch of small but cheerful gifts when she thought she wasn't getting anything. A different kind of magic now that I'm older, but still "magic."Edited by Evshrug - 12/29/12 at 6:46pm