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post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
just wondering how does it fare?
post #2 of 11
Not too hot. The Chaintech sounds many many times better. I did prefer the soundstorm or my 8RDA+ to my former Hercules GTXP, but that's about it. I'll post an RMAA comparison of the EMU, Chaintech, and Soundstorm for you in a bit.
post #3 of 11
http://www.firingsquad.com/hardware/...rce2/page7.asp

That pretty much sums it up.

But everyone here thinks Audigy 2 is crap so that should automatically make SoundStorm crap as well

I have SoundStorm and I think it's fine, not great but it doesn't sound bad.
My M-Audio Revo is clearly better though.
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post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by Iron_Dreamer
thanks thats definately helpful! for something thats free, not too shabby!

Haribo > look at the brightside, with the soundstorm, least you didn't pay for the crap!
post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by ixeo
Haribo > look at the brightside, with the soundstorm, least you didn't pay for the crap!
Well you do pay for it, but it's much much cheaper crap than the Audigy 2
post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 
1 more thing, how about the optical out? does it fare better?
*just asking since i read optical outs are indeed different between audio processors
post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by ixeo
1 more thing, how about the optical out? does it fare better?
*just asking since i read optical outs are indeed different between audio processors
My SoundStorm doesn't have an optical out, does yours have that?
post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by Haribo
My SoundStorm doesn't have an optical out, does yours have that?
If your motherboard really has soundstorm then it has to have some sort of digital output. Most have optical out, some have both coax and optical. Also remember that just because you have an Nforce2 motherboard doesn't mean it has implemented the soundstorm system.
post #10 of 11
SoundStorm is only for digital-output, analog is handled by the onboard crap AC'97 CODEC (most of the time it's the Realtek ALC650, which is the cheapest surround CODEC out there).
post #11 of 11
Soundstorm usually includes SPDIF out, but I have seen some motherboard manufacturers leave the SPDIF out as an extra accessory bracket or media card. I had to separately order the optical SPDIF brackets for my MSI nForce 2 boards last year. When you buy an nForce motherboard, make sure the manufacturer includes everything in the package.

All of the nForce 2 boards I have tried sounds like crap. I recommend buying a better pci sound card.
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