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post #31 of 110
this one will certainly beat all the ac97 codec stuff like Santa Cruz etc. and will fight with cards like Revolution, Prodigy, Aureon etc. BUT theres just one stereo out useful and drivers are not top notch, thats all. GREAT card for stereo listening on PC..
post #32 of 110
How do you think it would compare to the digital output of soundstorm as far as S/N? I'm using a Pioneer home theater receiver and soundstorm and although it has been a decent upgrade from computer speakers, for headphones the sound has been really unbalanced. I find myself adjusting the EQ levels everyday and jugglying between standard and midnight mode. (Sadly it actually does sound better in midnight mode except that it's entirely too bassy)
post #33 of 110
I think something like this could be worth it as far as a second sound device. I kind of wonder if you can run onboard and pci sound at the same time though.
post #34 of 110
james__bean, the AV-710 is better than the Soundstorm onboard audio and will co-exist just fine with the onboard audio. The Soundstorm audio is actually pretty decent for onboard sound, and to my ears is better than the SB Live. I use my onboard sound (not Soundstorm certified, but uses the same hardware) with my Terratec EWX 24/96 with no problem and don't remember any problems when I had the AV-710 installed.
post #35 of 110
I also use the soundstorm audio, for my speakers and directsound support, with the RME and it works just fine and dandy.

This card looks like the steal of the century, eh? A Revo-quality headphone experience for only $25!
post #36 of 110
Thread Starter 
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Originally posted by Iron_Dreamer
I also use the soundstorm audio, for my speakers and directsound support, with the RME and it works just fine and dandy.

This card looks like the steal of the century, eh? A Revo-quality headphone experience for only $25!
Yep. New users to this forum should probably get recommended this card along with their nice shiny new amp. I think we concentrate a bit too much on the amplifier portion of the signal chain here at head-fi, and this is a great first decent computer source which will allow new users to hear the difference an amp can make.
post #37 of 110
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Originally posted by ADS
Yep. New users to this forum should probably get recommended this card along with their nice shiny new amp. I think we concentrate a bit too much on the amplifier portion of the signal chain here at head-fi.
I agree wholeheartedly, I had a Corda HA-1 while I still had a GTXP as my only source. But when I upgraded to the Revo, hello!!!! I still remember the first time I heard that, it was clear sound for the first time for me.
post #38 of 110
Thread Starter 
On a sidenote, could someone who's got a lot of experience with different high quality sources do a decent review of this card? I'd really be interested to see how it compares to cards such as the RME PAD. I haven't heard many high quality computer (or standalone) sources, so I can't do a real review (except to say that it sounds nice, and is a whole lot better than any AC97 or creative card). Anyone? It's cheap, so you can't go wrong.
post #39 of 110
Thanks for the quick replies guys. I think I'll pick one of these up, it's only $25
post #40 of 110
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Originally posted by james__bean
How do you think it would compare to the digital output of soundstorm as far as S/N?
digital out quality is EXACTLY the same as with any other Envy24 based card, becouse all those cards uses the same master clock oscilators and S/PDIF transceiver is a part of Envy24 controller itself.. 24bit/96kHz NO noise or whatsoever, just crystal clear digital out
post #41 of 110
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Originally posted by Glassman
digital out quality is EXACTLY the same as with any other Envy24 based card, becouse all those cards uses the same master clock oscilators and S/PDIF transceiver is a part of Envy24 controller itself.. 24bit/96kHz NO noise or whatsoever, just crystal clear digital out
But they don't nesscessarily have the lowest jitter, right, since they still use those el-cheapo style tin-lloing clock generators.
post #42 of 110
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Originally posted by Iron_Dreamer
those el-cheapo style tin-lloing clock generators.
LOL, you're right Iron for lower jitter look for RME or Echo MIA and such.. but for $25? even with a little amount of jitter it's truly a steal
post #43 of 110
Quote:
Originally posted by Glassman
but for $25? even with a little amount of jitter it's truly a steal
I completely agree! I'm tempted to buy on just to see how good it is for only $25
post #44 of 110
Iron dreamer considering your funds, please do buy one of these cards and let us know how good this card is

This card is very good, but even with the rear out upsampled with the latest reference VIA drivers, it didnt quite reach the level of the m audio revo, it comes in the class of very good soundcards, but not upto the level of revo, dmx fire.
post #45 of 110
Give me some RMAA figure.
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