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    Asus Xonar soundcard question(s)...

    Hi all,

    My Creative Audigy (original one) has upset me for the last time. I'd been thinking about getting an X-Fi before I upgraded to Vista but having read the horror stories I've decided to defect altogether and go for a Xonar.

    I see 3 of them on the Asus website - A D2/PM, D2X and DX. Am a bit confused as to the differences between them tho. The DX is the low-profile one which I think is lower-spec than the other two, is that right? The D2/PM is PCI based and the D2X is PCIe, is that the only difference between them? The D2/PM mentions "ALT technology: Legally backup digital music into non-protected MP3/WMA files" but the specifications don't say it has the AV200 DSP whereas the D2X does, is this also right?

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    Re: Asus Xonar soundcard question(s)...

    Look at the auzentech cards too, they are the mutt's nuts.

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    Re: Asus Xonar soundcard question(s)...

    Quote Originally Posted by Flewis View Post
    Look at the auzentech cards too, they are the mutt's nuts.
    Aren't they based on the X-Fi chip anyway? If so, I'd be no better off than if I just bought a Creative X-Fi, which I said in my OP that I don't want to do...


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    Re: Asus Xonar soundcard question(s)...

    Its the other way round. You want an XFI because it is the best sound chip but you dont want creative because they are awful with drivers. Auzentech have taken the XFI chip and produced a good card with good drivers.

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    Re: Asus Xonar soundcard question(s)...

    I thought the Auzentech drivers still had issues because creative didnt want to be out shone by a subcontractor?
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    Re: Asus Xonar soundcard question(s)...

    I think they are better than creatives, the other alternative is one of auzentech's other cards which have rock solid drivers.

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    Re: Asus Xonar soundcard question(s)...

    Creative doesn't manufacture the X-Fi chip, another company made it, Creative got exclusive use of it for awhile, but now they sell to other AIBs as well as providing the base reference driver code. And really, it's not hard to beat Creative in developing software around the base driver.
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    ...every time Creative bring out a new card range their advertising makes it sound like they have discovered a way to insert a thousand Chuck Norris super dwarfs in your ears...

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    Re: Asus Xonar soundcard question(s)...

    Quote Originally Posted by aidanjt View Post
    Creative doesn't manufacture the X-Fi chip, another company made it, Creative got exclusive use of it for awhile, but now they sell to other AIBs as well as providing the base reference driver code. And really, it's not hard to beat Creative in developing software around the base driver.
    I know Creative sub contract the fabrication process, but who actually owns the rights to the X-fi architecture if its not Creative?
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    Re: Asus Xonar soundcard question(s)...

    Quote Originally Posted by Agent View Post
    I know Creative sub contract the fabrication process, but who actually owns the rights to the X-fi architecture if its not Creative?
    That's a good question, and since I've given up on Creative and their business, it's one I haven't persued to answer.
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    Re: Asus Xonar soundcard question(s)...

    OK, thanks for the clarification on the Auzentech cards, I will consider them. My original question stands tho - if anyone can explain the differenes between the 3 different Asus Xonar cards I'd be very much obliged!


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    Re: Asus Xonar soundcard question(s)...

    Read this: Asus' Xonar DX sound card - The Tech Report - Page 1

    Basically it's quality but i'd still be tempted to plumb for the 'base' card as 114db is darn good anyway and I don't (ever) need DTS encoding.

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