I've owned most of the higher end creative cards, over the years.
I've owned the Essence STX.
In the end, it's too much BS. The STX is crapping out, and it never was all that amazing in the first place (ok, it wasn't bad hardware, but the software was not good). The Creative cards were junk, but had decent gaming audio, I guess.
I don't know. The STX had a decent headphone amp in it, considering the price, but the drivers were awful and I think it's fried.
Yep, I'm in a bad mood ;)
Would someone give me a good suggestion for a setup, using $350 or less?
I want something to replace on board audio. It will be used for gaming, music, and movies.
My computer is an HTPC, so if the initial sound card can be equalized (parametric if possible) that's a plus. The software EQ's for the STX and Creative cards were a joke.
Mostly I'm looking for good headphone audio and none of the worry of driver issues, connectivity, or any other OS related crap. Technically my motherboard has SPDF out, if that is a factor. I just want something simple that sounds good, and I don't care about EAX, or dolby headphones, or any of the other things that mostly sounded like junk on the STX anyways. An ability to EQ the whole thing would be nice, and a headphone amp would be part of the total cost requirement.
I'm running AH-D7000's, and an NHT superzero 2.1 setup.
Thank you for your time!
//P.S. I can run the mic through the motherboard, so that's not a major concern. It's purely output I'm looking for, not re-mixing input.
Edited by bladebarrier - 11/5/12 at 7:41pm