I recently decided to move away from the on-board audio chip-set to a PCI card. As I’ve got fairly high end stereo stack system with decent full range Wharfdale speakers connected to it which is connected to my PC audio out by a gold plated oxygen free cable. I’ve always found the sound to be a bit lifeless and flat though.
so I’ve heard that PCI sound boards can significantly improve audio quality and I’ve found two likely contenders which seem to fit my needs and limited budget but which one.
Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi SB0790 Xtreme 7.1
Card Creative SoundBlaster Audigy 2 SB0350 7.1.
[SIZE=2]Please bear in mind, for me, its all about the quality and clarity of the audio that each can provide so if you could advise me on that basis, I would appreciate it.
Those cards are way old the latest version top line for Creative:
Sound Blaster Recon3D fatality Professional with or w/o the front I/O panel. If you had good listening with those older cards I would say to keep with that setup and unless your a music studio production that would be a different league of setup itself. I play games and listen to cds and mp3 and watch movies DVD/BR and steam on my desktop and so far Creative have worked will with me. Also not knowing what hardware you using it for but considering Creative been around for quite some time and yes they have driver issues and not other company has driver issues or bugs. I rather stay with a product from a company that been around longer in that at least they won’t fold or leave the market all together if the product doesn’t do good.