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  • starshipeleven
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    Originally posted by Auzy View Post
    Serious question.

    Are their Sound cards still total trash? I used to own an Audigy2, which regularly blue screen of deathed, a vibra 128 (general trash) and an Awe64 (which in new versions of windows slowed down games significantly

    Why would anyone own these things over something like a USB audio interface these days?
    Decent hardware, crap software.

    It's not uncommon for their stuff to break between major Windows updates, on win10, which is completely unacceptable imho.

    Latest windows update apparently breaks the card discussed in the article. https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...c-4e0634b0858a

    Also +1 for USB sound cards. What kind of ultra-high-bandwith audio interface needs a pcie slot anyway?

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  • kaprikawn
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    I used to use an X-Fi, my experience of Creative is great hardware, trash software. Given the lack of official Linux support I take that to mean nothing has changed.

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  • Auzy
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    Serious question.

    Are their Sound cards still total trash? I used to own an Audigy2, which regularly blue screen of deathed, a vibra 128 (general trash) and an Awe64 (which in new versions of windows slowed down games significantly

    Why would anyone own these things over something like a USB audio interface these days?

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  • starshipeleven
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    Originally posted by moilami View Post
    In marketing 101 you are taught that people are idiots, and that is why anything can be sold to them.
    It's not really wrong though.

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  • moilami
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    Originally posted by caligula View Post
    I wonder when they'll quit marketing with these inflated numbers. The only reason why people upgrade these cards and DACs every year are the numbers. 192 dB is already so loud that you'd need to switch to some other gas or fill the room with water to transmit the amplitude. Plain old air can't transfer such volume levels. Obviously the shitty $99 5.1 speakers can't do that either. So why bother? Even if your gear was perfectly optimal, human hearing is pretty limited.
    In marketing 101 you are taught that people are idiots, and that is why anything can be sold to them.

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  • uid313
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    $150 is very expensive.
    Creative Labs must be very desperate when you see them add a RGB lighting controller.

    By the way the Sabre32 DAC is made by ESS Technology if anyone wonders.

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  • starshipeleven
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    Originally posted by tildearrow View Post
    That SABRE32 DAC seems like a complete lie since it is impossible to achieve a 192dB SNR due to thermal noise, even on laboratory conditions.
    You need directional audio cables to hear that.

    (yes I'm kidding)

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  • caligula
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    I wonder when they'll quit marketing with these inflated numbers. The only reason why people upgrade these cards and DACs every year are the numbers. 192 dB is already so loud that you'd need to switch to some other gas or fill the room with water to transmit the amplitude. Plain old air can't transfer such volume levels. Obviously the shitty $99 5.1 speakers can't do that either. So why bother? Even if your gear was perfectly optimal, human hearing is pretty limited.

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  • edwaleni
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    Originally posted by tildearrow View Post
    That SABRE32 DAC seems like a complete lie since it is impossible to achieve a 192dB SNR due to thermal noise, even on laboratory conditions.
    Maybe they sent the card out to one of those liquid nitrogen dudes and tested in full deep freeze.

    Reminds me of the day when audiophiles used to argue about the dB of channel separation on phono needles. By that time, no one could even discern the difference, even on AB blind tests.

    These days Benadryl or Sudafed has more sway in what people hear than a few Db of SNR.

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  • boxie
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    Originally posted by tildearrow View Post
    That SABRE32 DAC seems like a complete lie since it is impossible to achieve a 192dB SNR due to thermal noise, even on laboratory conditions.
    I am sure if you look at it in a very certain way, with a very long scope you can possibly get that number for marketing purposes

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