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  • James
    started a topic Sound Card Recommendations

    Sound Card Recommendations

    I'm looking for sound card recommendations to replace my integrated ac97 set up. I mostly will use it for music, with an occasional smatter of games and movies. Sound quality is mostly what I'm looking for, but I need support for at least 5.1 speakers and a digital out. I don't think I need to say this but ALSA support is a must.

    Currently I'm eyeing the m-audio 7.1 revolution. If anyone has info or advice (pertaining to this card or otherwise) it would be appreciated.

    Thanks.

  • Rob Williams
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    Hard to beat $21! I'm sure you'll find it's worth more than that once in your rig.

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  • joshuapurcell
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    I've gone ahead and purchased the Chaintech AV-710 after reading the review, this thread, and seeing the price and reviews on Newegg. With a price of $21 bucks you can't go wrong, and I feel better about buying a non-Creative card than otherwise. I'm sure this will work for my purposes (gaming mostly) better than the on-board device.

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  • Michael
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    For those concerned about the Razer Barracuda AC-1, see: http://www.phoronix.net/forums/showt...=2529#post2529

    Please keep AC-1 discussion/questions in that thread, since this thread has been about sound card recommendations in general.

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  • NewGuy
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    Hi all!

    As the name implies I'm new to this forum but I have been visiting quite often. It sure is a great forum!

    Since we're waiting for news on the Razer AC-1 linux compatibility, I thought I would ask you for some advice on sound cards.

    I'm in the process of buying a new sound equipment for my rig. I will use it mainly for playing Quake 3 and 4, but of course also for playing music and movies. I will soon buy the Razer HP-1 headset and I also want to buy a new card. I'm currently using an Audigy 1 card.

    Hopefully the Razer AC-1 works on linux and then I will buy it ASAP. Other cards I have considered are the M-audio Revolution 7.1 and the Auzentech X-meridian 7.1. In the worst case scenario I will buy Xfi of some kind.

    It all comes down to how well it works on linux. I realize that it will be hard to know how well the AC-1 will perform but what about the other three cards? Will it be possible to use openal, 7.1 output and so on?

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  • 1c3d0g
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    Great! Looking forward to even small preview, or just "yes it works" or "no it doesn't".

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  • Michael
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    I should have an AC-1 card tomorrow or next week, so I can see if it's possible to get it working with ALSA.

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  • Michael
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    Sorry for the confusion. Yes, the HP-1 can be used with other soundcards, but it is "optimized" for the AC-1. The status of the AC-1 sound card support is still unknown.

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  • 1c3d0g
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    Well, the HP-1 should work with anything. The AC-1 however...is still unknown. I hope they won't forget us GNU/Linux peeps.

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  • Michael
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    Just got this message from Razer:

    Razer Barracuda? HP-1 Gaming Headphones ? features 8 discrete audio drivers, 2 sub-woofer drivers and On-The-Fly? volume control for optimal positional audio without compromising on comfort during gaming. Using the built-in Razer HD-Dai? connector, the Razer Barracuda? HP-1 Gaming Headphones delivers pinpoint positional accuracy essential for professional gaming.

    FEATURES

    * 8 Sonic Driver Gaming Headphones
    * Dedicated amplifier for each channel
    * 99% Oxygen-free cable
    * Built-in uni-directional noise-cancelling microphone
    * On-The-Fly? Positional volume control over each individual pair of drivers
    * 2 Sub-woofer drivers for clean, powerful bass
    * Built-in Razer HD-DAI? for dedicated connection to Razer Barracuda? AC-1 Gaming Audio Card

    Release date for the Razer Barracuda HP-1 in the USA: 15 August 2006

    Price of the Razer Barracuda HP-1 (USA MSRP): US$129.99
    Still looks like no Linux support so far.

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