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  • benmoran
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    That's a hell of a lot better than my laptop sound chip.

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  • chrisr
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    Wine's support seems to be slightly better than that.

    Originally posted by deanjo View Post
    Even then your going to be bottlenecked by wine's audio capabilities which do not support sound effects, multichannel surround sound, 3d positioning, or doppler effects. openAL support in W0W would also be required.
    Here's what WoW thinks of my current sound system:
    1/17 20:35:47.879 => Version 3.3.0 (11159) Dec 9 2009
    1/17 20:35:47.881
    1/17 20:35:47.882 => Setting up Game Sound:
    1/17 20:35:47.883 - SESound Engine Init
    1/17 20:35:47.883 - FMOD Memory Init
    1/17 20:35:47.884 - FMOD System Create
    1/17 20:35:47.943 - FMOD version 00040907 detected
    1/17 20:35:47.944 - Hardware is ENABLED
    1/17 20:35:47.945 - Reverb is ENABLED
    1/17 20:35:47.947 - 2 Output drivers detected
    1/17 20:35:47.948 --- [0] System Default
    1/17 20:35:47.949 --- [1] ADC Capture/Standard PCM Playbac
    1/17 20:35:47.951 - Using [0] System Default for Game Output
    1/17 20:35:47.952 - 64 Channels Requested.
    1/17 20:35:47.953 - Querying Sound Driver for Available Hardware Channels.
    1/17 20:35:47.992 - Sound Driver Reports: 32 Hardware Channels Available.
    1/17 20:35:47.994 - Too many channels requested. Using max available instead
    1/17 20:35:47.995 - Using 32 channels.
    1/17 20:35:47.997 - DSPBufferSize = AUTO DETECT
    1/17 20:35:47.998 - Detected Control Panel Speaker Mode = STEREO
    1/17 20:35:47.999 - Setting WoW Speaker Mode to STEREO
    1/17 20:35:48.008 - FMOD System Init OK!
    1/17 20:35:48.009 => Game Sound is ready.
    So I get "hardware acceleration" and "reverb", even if I only get 32 channels.

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  • deanjo
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    Originally posted by chrisr View Post
    Warcraft considers 32 hardware channels to be "low", and supports 64 channels. So which are the cards that have 64 channels?
    Hardware wise your not going to find such a beast for linux. Even then your going to be bottlenecked by wine's audio capabilities which do not support sound effects, multichannel surround sound, 3d positioning, or doppler effects. openAL support in W0W would also be required. You are running into a software limitation of wine and alsa as your present card can do 64 hardware channels but only through Direct Sound or openAL.

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  • chrisr
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    Which begs the question...

    Originally posted by deanjo View Post
    If your looking for hardware channels then your best off sticking with what you have now. Just as a FYI multi voice hardware mixing is not present in the linux x-fi drivers.
    Warcraft considers 32 hardware channels to be "low", and supports 64 channels. So which are the cards that have 64 channels?

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  • deanjo
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    Originally posted by chrisr View Post
    The best soundcard is always going to depend on what you plan doing with it. In my case, I am looking for a large number of channels and hardware acceleration, to give me a "step up" from Warcraft with an Audigy 2.

    ALSA's feature matrix for the X-Fi seems too sparse to be worth my money, particularly when it explicitly says that it doesn't support the "crystallization" feature yet.

    If your looking for hardware channels then your best off sticking with what you have now. Just as a FYI multi voice hardware mixing is not present in the linux x-fi drivers.

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  • chrisr
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    Best is a relative term

    Originally posted by L33F3R View Post
    i think a better question would be: whats the best sound card for linux systems in general? This is a question i myself wish to know.
    The best soundcard is always going to depend on what you plan doing with it. In my case, I am looking for a large number of channels and hardware acceleration, to give me a "step up" from Warcraft with an Audigy 2.

    ALSA's feature matrix for the X-Fi seems too sparse to be worth my money, particularly when it explicitly says that it doesn't support the "crystallization" feature yet.

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  • deanjo
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    Originally posted by L33F3R View Post
    i think a better question would be: whats the best sound card for linux systems in general? This is a question i myself wish to know.
    Of modern available consumer class cards it would probably have to be the 8788 or 8768 based cards such as Asus Xonars, B-Gears, etc. Not that under basically any card in linux running wine your sound will only be 2 channel.

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  • L33F3R
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    i think a better question would be: whats the best sound card for linux systems in general? This is a question i myself wish to know.

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