Moving considerably slower than the speed of sound Before we dig into the Xonars, it’s worth taking a moment to expand on why sound cards tend to last so long. The published signal-to-noise ratios of each card give us a general sense of their overall signal quality. Voldenuit It’s nice of Krogoth to fill in for Chuckula over the holidays. A very good card for the price. Perhaps because the need for hardware acceleration has waned, the flow of new audio processors has slowed to a trickle.
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Games used to drive the demand for hardware-accelerated audio, but that feature has all but disappeared from recent titles. Since the C-Media audio processors used in the Xonar line lack native PCIe support, Asus has taken to using bridge chips to link up with the newer interface.
We’ve had plenty of output channels and real-time encoding options for quite some time, leaving few reasons for fresh silicon. Creative’s EAX positional audio scheme died years ago.
Crunching numbers for positional audio shouldn’t be a challenge. Good sound cards tend to last through multiple upgrade cycles, too. Voldenuit It’s nice of Krogoth to fill in for Chuckula over the holidays. Ratings and Reviews Write a review. We’ve conducted a mix of performance, signal quality, and blind listening tests to find out.
Most relevant reviews See all 37 reviews. The built-in Headphone AMP powers up every sound nuance in gaming. Dell returns to the stock market after six years. You may also like. The older audio processors that dominate the market are designed for the PCI interface, which is quickly falling out of favor among motherboard makers. Neutronbeam Zak, you know you can’t validate any of the above details without first throwing Last one Free shipping.
Intel dropped PCI support from its consumer desktop platforms years ago, forcing board makers to employ third-party silicon if they want to offer PCI slots. For years, we’ve trumpeted the benefits of discrete sound cards. Multimedia Previous page Next page. Merry Christmas from The Tech Report staff! On a more serio This sound card is a huge improvement over the onboard sound on my computer but was not what i was looking for.
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Incidentally, all of the DAC and codec chips offer 24 bits of resolution at kHz sampling rates. Save on Sound Cards Internal Trending price is based on prices over last 90 days. This may be a .51 breaker for those who need to screencast and do not have a USB micr ophone.
Read full review Verified purchase: A lot more support that creative has every had. No Interruptions Day Shortbread. Bridged solutions aren’t quite as slick as native ones, of course, but we’ve yet to see any issues related to Asus’ use of the PLX chips.
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See all 38 brand new listings. A very good card for the price. These xlnar, developers typically handle positional audio processing in software. Trending Price New.