Soundcard, which one you prefer?

Discussion in 'Soundcards, Speakers HiFI & File formats' started by LemonTea, May 20, 2001.

  1. LemonTea

    LemonTea Guest

    Ok... i've been reading around, from the major line of cards, ppl seem to say Live cards are crap... and suggest you go for the other cards like Santa Cruz etc.<br>
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    I haven't ventured into the sound cards too much, i've only ever used onboard sound until recently where I got myself a Live!... i thought it rocked at first, sound was so much better and those EAX effects were so cool... but many ppl/reviewers have opposing views<br>
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    So, which one do you ppl prefer, comments from ppl who've tried many cards would be good. *hint* *hint* <IMG SRC="smileys/sticktongue.gif">
     
  2. Dave

    Dave Don Fredo Corleone

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    There are actually reviews on the Hercules game theater xp here at Guru as well as Turtle beach or whatever the name is. Most owners of the other sound cards claim better quality sound. But some say it isn't worth the hassle. It is more a personal preference, and speakers make a big difference.
     
  3. Ice Cold

    Ice Cold Guru of 3D Bartender

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    GPU:
    Abit GeForce 3
    SB Live Platinum 5.1<br>
    OR <br>
    Terratec DMX<br>
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    maybe make a poll of it
     
  4. Brann Mitchell

    Brann Mitchell Member Guru

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    Ah, the sweet spot.
    I see Bugsy didn't read the Turtle Beach review... if you had, you would surely know it's name! The Santa Cruz, my boy! The European version is called Philips Acoustic Edge and the Gametheatre is a Santa Cruz in disguise. Until TB puts out another card, I'm sticking with this one.<br>
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    BM<br>
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    OR Santa Cruz.
     

  5. Dave

    Dave Don Fredo Corleone

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    Actually I did read it. I have a live and I'm just not really interested in getting anything else. Not that the others don't sound better or anything. I'm content with what I have. My focus lately has been a new vid card, then a new c drive. Then my Live! will be the oldest component in my system. Then I may look into getting something like the xp. When I get into a house I want to use my Computer as the sound system for the whole place. I plan on getting wired for sound, literally and figuratively.
     
  6. Aris

    Aris Master Guru

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    As I said before I'm happy with my 1st generation SB Live!value.<br>
    I personally preferre creative. It goes back since I've got my SBpro2<br>
    (22Khz/8bit stereo)!
     
  7. A_Monk

    A_Monk Guest

    I've got the SB Live 5.1 and combined with my DTT2200 speakers the sound is superb. But it's all down to personal preference. I prefer a little more mid rage and less treble than most people. <IMG SRC="smileys/hot.gif">
     
  8. Soccerboy007

    Soccerboy007 Guest

    All I have to say is Turtle Beach is a very good company. VERY nice sound cards, and my Montego II beats Sound Blaster Live! 5.1 cards. And the price is really nice now, &gt;30 bucks? But if you're into recording stuff onto your computer, go for the Santa Cruz for 90 bucks. Excellent card and it doesn't cost too much. Go Turtle Beach! hehe <IMG SRC="smileys/biggrin.gif"> <br>
    -Bob
     
  9. LemonTea

    LemonTea Guest

    right... well i just sold off my first gen live card, enough with that.... tho i still have the digital i/o card, wonder if that'll work with the newest generation of Live! cards?? <IMG SRC="smileys/confused.gif"> <br>
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    ok, well... i'm gonna go order a philips acoustic edge or santa cruz from the states(depends which one is cheaper), damn Australia sux ass with technology, whyyyy!?!? why did my parents choose to immigrate to Aus?!?!? okokok... its a nice place otherwise, just a bit tite on rules/regulations and slow on technology, butttt its a really nice/clean country.
     
  10. Soccerboy007

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    Ok, all i know is that Phillips Acoustic Edge is about 10 bucks cheaper, but I would go with Santa Cruz. They have their name value, and I recommend it <IMG SRC="smileys/smile.gif"><br>
    -Bob
     

  11. LemonTea

    LemonTea Guest

    weally?<br>
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    ok, i'll give it a try.... mite even get both of em and have a personal 3 way shootout between em... <IMG SRC="smileys/biggrin.gif"> <br>
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    this is beginning to be a prob... i'm buying too many computer parts lately... <IMG SRC="smileys/frown.gif">
     
  12. Soccerboy007

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    lol well just don't spend too much on computer parts..hehe u might want to use that money for something else. <IMG SRC="smileys/smile.gif"> well good luck with the cards!<br>
    -Bob
     
  13. Brann Mitchell

    Brann Mitchell Member Guru

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    Ah, the sweet spot.
    I noticed this awhile back, but didn't mention it but, Turtle Beach is selling the Santa Cruz for $79 on their site. Now that's a killer deal, dudes.<br>
    <br> <A HREF="http://www.voyetra-turtle-beach.com/site/products/santacru/" TARGET=_blank>http://www.voyetra-turtle-beach.com/site/products/santacru/</A><br>
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    BM
     
  14. LemonTea

    LemonTea Guest

    yea, i noticed... cept you can pick up the philips acoustic edge for around $50 on ebay (OEM), doens't bother me too much, jus the fact that i'm not in U.S is a bit of a prob.... hehe<br>
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    don't wanna bother my uncle too much, don't think he'd understand how to pay the buyers and make sure they sent him the right thing <IMG SRC="smileys/sticktongue.gif">
     
  15. javiscript

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    Love my Santa Cruz!! Solid and no cracking sound like that <IMG SRC="smileys/puke.gif"> OTHER card.... <IMG SRC="smileys/approve.gif">
     

  16. =MANTIS=

    =MANTIS= Guest

    Sb Live Platinum or Game Theater XP.
     
  17. Ice Cold

    Ice Cold Guru of 3D Bartender

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    no-one ever mentions my card, it is a great card , and defenatly competition for cards like the amazing Live Platinum<br>
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    The Terratec DMX
     
  18. Malachim

    Malachim Maha Guru

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    Got a SB Live 5.1 and I'm happy with it. no issues and it sounds great!
     
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    Sorry people. Got a little carried away. <IMG SRC="smileys/dead.gif"> <br>
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  20. Brann Mitchell

    Brann Mitchell Member Guru

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    Ah, the sweet spot.
    Ow, man. My eyes are deaf already. I tell ya'll that I been doing this sh1t for nearly 20 years and it's still a crapshoot as to which board is goind to work with what mobo. If what you got works, then by all means, use it (Terratec DMX, eh? <IMG SRC="smileys/smile.gif">. The one real power that Microsoft has is to enforce a damn standard that will make computers work. I'm actually interested in the Xbox; I think it will be a good thing.. if we can run Linux on it. <IMG SRC="smileys/evil.gif"> <br>
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    Thank you, that is all.<br>
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    BM<br>
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    Well, maybe. To Bugsy, I understand the upgrade habit all too well. TB and the Santa Cruz does deserve a looksee but it has a great Creative barrier to overcome in peoples' minds.
     

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