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i was wondering if anyone could give me some suggestions as far as soundcards go.  i was looking for something that can playback 5.1 so i can watch dvd's on my home theater system, but at the same time something that i could record things easily w/ multiple inputs (im a drummer).  im looking to keep the cost as low as possible, but i would really appreciate anyones suggestions.  basically im just looking for something w/ exceptional sound quality for a reasonable price.  thanks in advance.

  • Sachankara
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Reply #1
Depends on what you consider a reasonable price... In the $50-100 price range, I´d recommend Hercules Gamesurround Fortissimo II or VideoLogic SonicFury... I wouldn´t recommend any Creative SoundBlaster cards since they have poor hardware compatibility and "noise shielding"... But that´s just my opinion...

  • Amadeus
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Reply #2
A nice soundcard for the professional musician is the Audiophile 2496, which features 4 in/4 out.

Of course, the price tag is a bit steep there compared to the card suggested in the previous postings - you should be able to pick it up for U$150 in music stores.

The only drawback, perhaps, is that you can't connect the audio wire from your CD-ROM directly to the card, but that won't affect its capability to deliver decent sound for your home theater system.

  • macdaddy
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Reply #3
another vote for the ap 24/96...

  • JonPike
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Reply #4
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Originally posted by Amadeus
A nice soundcard for the professional musician is the Audiophile 2496, which features 4 in/4 out.

The only drawback, perhaps, is that you can't connect the audio wire from your CD-ROM directly to the card, 


And hey,  you want better sound,  why aren't you using direct digital reading from CD to your really good DAC in the sound card anyway?  ;-)

Don't know if for every player there is a solution,  but  copah's CD reader plugin is a way to go,  for Apollo, Sonique, and Winamp...

http://www.url.ru/~copah/CDReader.htm

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Reply #5
IMHO, the best "consumer" sound card is the Turtle Beach (Voyetra) Santa Cruz.  At under $80, you can't go wrong.

Edit -- it will do 5.1.

http://www.turtlebeach.com/site/products/s...producthome.asp
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Reply #6
I recommend you Midiman (M-Audio) product
Hi-Quality=Reasonable price,i using Delta Audiophile 24/96
DELTA44 or DELTA66 include 4in-4OUT 24bit/96kHz Samplerate.

  • Sachankara
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Reply #7
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Originally posted by fewtch
IMHO, the best "consumer" sound card is the Turtle Beach (Voyetra) Santa Cruz.  At under , you can't go wrong.

Edit -- it will do 5.1.

http://www.turtlebeach.com/site/products/s...producthome.asp
Same card as the VideoLogic SonicFury... In fact, it even says "Turtle Beach" on the box and "within" the drivers...  http://www.videologic.com/Images/JPG/Produ...00/VL-60444.jpg

Fortissimo II from Hercules is a cheaper version of the circuitry, but it works just fine... Offers just about the same functions as its "brother"...

I´d bet both VideoLogic SonicFury and Turtle Beach Santa Cruz costs approximatly the same... Not sure though...

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Reply #8
If your just looking for 5.1 SPDIF out put then you cant go wrong with the Zoltrix Nightengale Pro for $40. Plug and Play with XP/2K unlike any other sound card I've tried.

Whatever you do though..avoid Creative cards like the plague:)