Originally Posted by Notus
This is why i recommended the Asus Xonar DG / DGX.
It was not too long ago when people recommended to avoid Greative products becouse half of the settings did not work or made games crash.
If you are getting a greative, read if there are known issues before pulling the trigger.
I went ahead and looked at the known issues and it seams like most of them were concerning Battlefield 3 and conflicts with EAX 5; both of which are kind of dated now, and the drivers seemed to have been fixed. I would have gone with the phoebus but Asus seems content that the working drivers are still in beta and won't push the actual release. Plus the phoebus is twice the price and the benefits seem negligible. It also seems that for most applications the Z seems to outperform the DG and DGX since the driver issues have been resolved.
Thanks for the head's up about the known issues though! If I have any issues I can always get an RMA from amazon.
Originally Posted by cel4145
Sorry for misunderstanding.
The STX2 does make sense if you want to continue to have 5.1. Although I would imagine you could still use your Logitechs with the STX by just connecting the left/right speaker channels and using only those two speakers with the sub (try it by disconnecting the other speakers now and see how it sounds).
And I don't know why I didn't think of this sooner, but you can also get a preview of whether or not you like the surround features of the soundcards by experimenting with Razer Surround software
. I think I've read that Dolby Headphone is better, but it would give you a sense of what virtual surround enhancement would do for the X1s. And you could use it right now. It's free!
I tried out that Razer software and it really does make a difference. You can really tell which direction the sounds are coming from.
Unfortunately I would not be able to use the STX with my speakers unless I get some sort of 5.1 to RCA connection due to the way the 3.5mm inputs are set up on the speakers. Logitech does make this (or used to, it's now discontinued) but it would probably not make sense to buy it if I plan on replacing the speakers anytime soon. My 5.1 system will probably still be used for my gaming/work PC, and the X1 for use with both.
I went ahead and bought the Sound Blaster Z to satisfy my needs for now. Going forward this will be transferred to my Gaming/Work PC when I have to do a major overhaul (MoBo, GPU, CPU...) in a couple years. I have plans to build media PC with a nice surround system and quality speakers in the near future. If in a year or so the STX ii still seems like it's a good choice than I will put it in my Media PC that will run my home theater system. I'm planing on a remodel for a smallish media room in my home, I am gonna stick with budget parts until I can get this finished, Then I can go ALL OUT!