Hey guys! I haven't been here in a LONG TIME! Need some help. I know nothing about pro audio like you guys, and I don't want to learn either... Just help me with the basics.
I run a sound card, digitally to a Denon, and then to floor speakers. I like to keep it high end compared to other "PC Audio", but I'm nothing like you guys with dedicated DACs and stuff. Also keep in mind I'll never use headphones.
So I've had the Auzentech Prelude for years, love it. Sounds good. But I just upgraded my system and lost PCI slots... so I bought the Asus Xonar, whatever the best model was, cost over $200. But I don't like it. It's hard to explain, but it just sounds flatter and not as colorful. Maybe it's more precise and more true to the real sound, but I've given it a good week, and I'm just not enjoying it. I use it mostly for listening to MP3s, movies and some games. I do like to upgrade receivers and speakers, so I care about using something better than onboard (even though I'm just doing SPDIF). Do you guys understand what I mean by this? Is it common for Prelude people to say they enjoy the "color" of that card compared to the Asus? I'm hoping I'm not alone.
I don't think I'll keep the Asus...
The Auzentech Bravura, was that the PCI-E version of the Prelude? It's newer... So is it superior? I don't to downgrade.
What about the newer Creative cards that use the X-FI, how does those compare to my Prelude?
I'd like to stay with native PCI-E, but should I just look into a PCI-E to PCI adapter and stick with my trusty Prelude?
Am I forgetting any other options?