Originally posted by PoisonDan Right now I have a SBLive! card in my system, and I'm not really satisfied with the sound quality.After doing quite a bit of research, I want to do one of these two things:- Rip out my SBLive! and buy a Hercules Game Theater instead- Keep my SBLive! for gaming and buy a Stereo-Link 1200 for music(as you can probably notice, gaming compatibility is important for me)I can't really decide between those two options. The problem is I don't really know how the audio quality of the GTXP compares to the 1200.If the difference between those two is very small (as in: hardly noticable), I would prefer the GTXP.If anybody of you has listened to both these audio systems, I would appreciate some feedback. How do they compare when listening to music ?
Originally posted by Odin My soundcard of choice is the EchoAudio MIA which is an excellent card
Originally posted by PoisonDan I already mentioned game compatibility is very important for me. Say what you want about Creative Labs, but the gaming compatibility of their cards is unsurpassed.
Originally posted by Keynes As far as I know, stereo is supported by all sound cards under discussion. Do you need something more out of your card? After putting up with the Live! for several years, and the constant background hiss and instabilities that accompany it, I switched to an Audiophile 2496. I went into it thinking about how much I might miss the 3D positional audio of the Live! and later series, but honestly I do not. I'm finding that super-clean, perfect stereo does my ears perfect justice.
Originally posted by Odin Sounds to me like you have already decided to go for creative labs. In that case, it would have to be the audigy in it's cheapest package...Odin
Originally posted by greenirft Your two best bets for decent musical and gaming audio are:- Hercules GTXP- Turtle Beach Santa CruzFrom what I'm heard the Santa Cruz has better sound quality, but not all the cool "whiz bang" features of the GTXP. But the GTXP has incredible game support, and some of those cool features that you might find useful, I cannot comment on the Santa Cruz's gaming ability.But, the Santa Cruz does include the EAX and such, so it's there, but you got get the nice breakout box with all of the connectors.As for the Soundblaster, Creative really needs to get it's act together. Sure the Audigy has nice featuers and all, but there still plagued with some of the problems that the SB Lives! had (but, VIA isn't exactly working too well with CL).