which gaming sound card?
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this is for my PC and mostly intended for gaming (i have a system for music
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anyway, the phones are DT531s and i'm looking for the *best* (money is not an issue really) between the santa cruz and the audigy DE (not sure what u guys call this one - but this is what it is called here...no break-out box)

gaming.. EAX, A3D support etc.

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personally, i do not like creative, mostly for their faulty advertisements (24 bit).
if you were asking for anything music or mp3 related, i would take the turtle beach any day of the week.
beautiful sound from it, definately one of my favorite sound cards

however, if you really want a soundcard dedicated specifically for games with EAX support, then im afraid you should go with the Audigy(cant believe i said that
). If EAX is your thing, go for the Audigy. But anything music related at all id say the Turtle Beach.
 
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thanks ingenious28

is the turtle beach not that competent with EAX etc?
 
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honestly, as much as i hate to do it, go with soundblaster. They are compatable with every game you could imagine.
 
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But you must weigh the strength of superlative 3d positioning into the equation also, which the Santa Cruz has, and results in a more enjoyable gaming experience than the repetitive static reverb noise, otherwise known as EAX.
 
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Quote:

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But you must weigh the strength of superlative 3d positioning into the equation also, which the Santa Cruz has, and results in a more enjoyable gaming experience than the repetitive static reverb noise, otherwise known as EAX.


i understand


the prices for both are very comparable...is it worth waiting for audigy 2?

also, both cards wouldn't have a problem powering my headphones?
 
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Personally, I would go with the Game Theater XP, which is similar to a Turtle Beach Santa Cruz(same chip inside), but with slightly better performance, slightly less line noise, and a the best-quality breakout box you will find in the consumer market(which includes 7.1 sound and a usb hub)

Edit: It's $75 at Best Buy clearance, or $99 at BB if not on clearance.
 
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I would get the audigy 2. I have nothing but good things to say about my Audigy Platinum and im sure this new one is going to be far better. I have not had any incompatabilities with software or other hardware and it sounds great. I got the Platinum because i wanted to run optical from my PC to my A/V receiver in order to keep sound as good as possible since i use my PC as a jukebox often.
 
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Quote:

Personally, I would go with the Game Theater XP, which is similar to a Turtle Beach Santa Cruz(same chip inside), but with slightly better performance, slightly less line noise


Untrue, and this isn't a matter of personal preference. The GTXP has inferior opamps in the output stage and lower S/N ratio due to the external components picking up EMI/RFI.
 
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