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XyZspineZyX
07-07-2003, 10:44 PM
I currently don't have a sound card in my computer, I was thinking of getting one that supports 6.1 digital sound sometime in a couple of months, namely a Creative Audigy2. My speaker system is a Subwoofer SBS-1000, I'm wondering if it supports that card. Do I also have to worry games and DVDs that don't support 6.1?

XyZspineZyX
07-07-2003, 10:44 PM
I currently don't have a sound card in my computer, I was thinking of getting one that supports 6.1 digital sound sometime in a couple of months, namely a Creative Audigy2. My speaker system is a Subwoofer SBS-1000, I'm wondering if it supports that card. Do I also have to worry games and DVDs that don't support 6.1?

XyZspineZyX
07-08-2003, 12:06 PM
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Message Edited on 07/08/0312:07PM by GreyHaired

XyZspineZyX
07-10-2003, 03:20 AM
I have a 7.1 sound setup, it was definitely difficult to set up 7.1 speaker when there are only 5.1 and maybe a few 6.1 pc speaker systems. Eventually, I managed to get 7.1 working and it sounds great. It definitely sounds better than 4.1 or 5.1. With that many speakers the sound from individual speakers just seems to disappear. Everything (in games with 3-d audio) sounds much more natural than 5.1. I really couldn't tell you whether 6.1 sounds closer to 5.1 or 7.1 but imho the more speakers the better as long as each is actually a distinct channel.

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XyZspineZyX
07-10-2003, 05:50 AM
I get kills by sound in this game all the time. I have an SB Audigy Platinum and 5.1 Klipsch speakers. Klipsh are bar none the best out there.

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XyZspineZyX
07-10-2003, 06:09 AM
One more question, why are the 6.1 cards from Creative more expensive than the 7.1 cards from Hercules? And which one works better with a Subwoofer SBS-1000?

XyZspineZyX
07-14-2003, 04:05 AM
Thoramir wrote:
- I have a 7.1 sound setup, it was definitely
- difficult to set up 7.1 speaker when there are only
- 5.1 and maybe a few 6.1 pc speaker systems.
- Eventually, I managed to get 7.1 working and it
- sounds great. It definitely sounds better than 4.1
- or 5.1. With that many speakers the sound from
- individual speakers just seems to disappear.
- Everything (in games with 3-d audio) sounds much
- more natural than 5.1. I really couldn't tell you
- whether 6.1 sounds closer to 5.1 or 7.1 but imho the
- more speakers the better as long as each is actually
- a distinct channel.
-
Does Ghost Recon support 3-d audio?

XyZspineZyX
07-14-2003, 07:09 AM
Yeah, it supports EAX.

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XyZspineZyX
07-14-2003, 11:08 PM
I have the Hercules Game Theatre XP 6.1 and I love it. Got it free when I was working at a large (unnamed) corporation /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif Sounds great! They also sent me a 6 speaker surround system with it. Not sure how it stacks up against Audigy though.

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XyZspineZyX
07-15-2003, 06:56 PM
SakoKK wrote:
- One more question, why are the 6.1 cards from
- Creative more expensive than the 7.1 cards from
- Hercules?



Creative is almost like the microsoft of sound cards. They sell the largest number of them by far and are in a position where they can charge whatever they wish. Their cards have some features that there competitors don't, some of them I would consider worth having, some not (at least for the typcial gamer).

Hercules (as well as others)is in a position where they're trying to with the dominiant sound card company and you can typically get more for less money. Their cards lack some of the features of creative cards (in part due to copyright and/or patent issues) but tend to have some other typically very good features that creative cards do not.

It can at times be like trying to compare apples to oranges, which is frustrating when you'd like the best of both worlds.

However, my personal opinion: Sometimes Creative's products are the best out there, but there are many times when they also put out some really crappy products and then, to add insult to injury, they back them up with some really crappy drivers and support (which leads to compatibility issues with games. Because of this, I won't buy their products.

Hercules on the other hand, always seems to put out a very good product, it may not always be the absolute best product, but in many cases it has an edge on the "absolute best" product in at least a few areas. Their drivers have been excellent comparatively frequent updates and fewer problems. They also design their products well.

I bought my Game Theater XP probably about 2 years ago and over that time period driver updates, not only have initial weakness been stamped out but I've gained a whole host of features. For example, the card intially supported 4.1 audio in games 5.1 while watching movies, (This wasn't a big deal at the time because 5.1 was exceedingly rare). Shortly after I bought the card the drivers were updated and allowed full 5.1 sound in games. Six months later 6.1 sound was supported by the sound card, and eventually 7.1.

The primary audio chip technically only supports 5.1, but due to some clever engineering techniques (involving the built-in audio codecs) this was overcome and I'm listening to 7.1 audio in games on a card that I bought over 2 years ago. I'd say I'm happy with it.



SakoKK wrote:

And which one works better with a
- Subwoofer SBS-1000?

That, I can't tell you, I'm not familiar with that particular speaker(s). It would probably sound very good with both products.



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XyZspineZyX
07-15-2003, 06:57 PM
BSR_RuGGBuTT wrote:
- Yeah, it supports EAX.

Technically it supports EAX 2. There hasn't been an EAX 1 game in a long, long time.

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XyZspineZyX
08-06-2003, 05:04 AM
The Audigy 2 is a KILLER card, much better sound (IMHO) than the Hercules 7.1 flavor. If you use your soundcard for more enjoyment than just games, and if you are definitely putting in surround sound, the Audigy card is worth every penny. More games are compatible (Hercules users complain about scratchy sound in certain titles).

When I got my Audigy 2 it was because I wanted surround gaming and a good recording interface for my home studio. I got all that and more, I am extremely pleased with the sound quality. All my games run better, and no more sound hiccups.

The Hercules card is a great option for gaming at a lower price. If you are using $200 computer speakers, and only using it for a few games, get the Hercules. If you are using $400 and up speakers, or better yet, your home stereo, or you want to do more than just a few games, the Audigy 2 is the latest and the greatest for a good reason.

Hope this helps.

XyZspineZyX
08-06-2003, 06:55 AM
You can also record directly thru the soundcard if you have the Audigy. I listen to mp3's all the time on my system and it pumps as much as my Sony Surround system for my home theatre.

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XyZspineZyX
08-19-2003, 03:38 AM
FigFuggo wrote:
- The Audigy 2 is a KILLER card, much better sound
- (IMHO) than the Hercules 7.1 flavor. If you use your
- soundcard for more enjoyment than just games, and if
- you are definitely putting in surround sound, the
- Audigy card is worth every penny. More games are
- compatible (Hercules users complain about scratchy
- sound in certain titles).

FigFuggo is right. It is really good.

Hey, all this talk of soundcards etc reminds me of my old Soundblaster Pro. Man, that was something like 5 years ago.




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