If it matters, my platform is Linux.
X-Fi drivers suck because Creative can't be bothered to get off their arse. But that's the only real sound card that I've heard makes bad drivers.
As for the Xonars, they're PCI or PCIEx4 right? My x16 is used up by my 8500GT.
I see they're 7.1. Are they the best sound quality? Because that's all I'm after even if it has 2 outputs.
Sorta does since sound card drivers under can be a pain under Linux i.e Creative's Sound Blaster X-Fi cards. And also now with major Linux distros shoving that god awful piece of crap down every users throats called Pulse Audio .
Agreed. Pulseaudio is the worst piece of crap that I have ever seen. This is the first thing that I uninstalled on a new system. Unfortunately, I have to recompile a lot of stuff to get rid of every trace of it.
I have heard M-audio delta 44 and 2496 are very nice. but has anyone done comparisons?
What in your opinion is the best mid-range (up to £160) consumer available audiophile sound card? I don't need EAX or any of that rubbish. I just want to listen to FLACs.If it matters, my platform is Linux.I have heard M-audio delta 44 and 2496 are very nice. but has anyone done comparisons?
I tried that with Fedora 11, but Pulse Audio seems to be built deep down onto the whole distro unlike Ubuntu (well atm). Even when i managed to remove it, I did get sound but the GNOME volume control panel won't work and the whole system unstable.
IMO Fedora 11 has to be one of the worst Linux distros i've ever used because of Pulse Audio and it's god awful partion manager on Anaconda; it just felt like a beta build.