Creative Keeps Discrete Soundcard Market Alive with Sound Blaster Recon3D

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JohnP

Shoot, I am gaming and watching movies using just the audio built into my Cooler Master Storm 5.1 headset and and the input comes from a USB cable. Surprising good audio with no hassles. Just bought my 3rd set of 'phones. No more speakers for me, thanks.

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og_greek

I upgraded to Win7 and tried to load what I thought were the Win7 drivers for my X-fi Xtreme Gamer that I obtained from their website, but then I was told my OS was not supported. Wtf? Navigating their site to try to find the driver I need is next to impossible. Can someone who has got their old card working in Win7 point me to where the drivers are?

Needless to say, I'm not buying a Creative card again!

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JohnP

I too had issues with trying to get a Creative discrete card to work on my mobo. All that trouble and frankly I could not tell the difference. Sorry Creative, you had a good run there but you are just not worth the socket you plug into.

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noobstix

I'm still rocking my 7-year-old Best Data sound card (XtremeSound 7.1).  Bought it from OfficeMax (well my dad actually bought it) for like $15.  Best $15 ever spent and won't ever think about getting another sound card (if this blows out, I still have my decent Realtek on-board audio).

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rsaotome

Still using my Auzen X-Fi Prelude 7.1 with it's barebones software & lovin' it. Probably will upgrade to a newer one when I do a full system overhaul.

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Baer

I went to the Asus Xonar with my last build and never looked back. The Creative driver garbage and having to pay extra for a Fatil1ty (or however he spells it) name is a real turn off. After all, just because a gamer endorses it does not make it better. What makes him an audio engineer?That is soooo 80's. Just make the best unit you can, give it a premium part number or name and save the endorsement fee which you can pass on part of by reducing the price. I say all this as a past dedicated Creative user in all my previous builds.

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somethingelse

Aye lad, I agree with Baer.  I had an X-Fi and got sick of waiting for Linux drivers for it.  Eventually Alsa did manage to reverse engineer and add X-Fi support, but I already picked up an Asus Xonar D2 PCI by then.  Man am I ever glad I did.  Way better sound quality in both Linux and Windows; gaming, music, movies and all.  I highly recommend Asus Xonar line (or any card that uses C-Media 8788 chipset, doesn't have to be Asus) over the Creative crap, especially if you use nix.

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SAND_CREATURE

I've always liked creative products, I still use their MP3 players and earbuds, but for the soundcard for my new computer, I went with an Asus one because of the great reviews it had and the even better price it had (30 - 10MIR) so a pretty good deal all around

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Neel Chauhan

Why don't they just try to put their audio chips inside the iPad. Everyone just uses the onboard chips, and none of them are creative chips, and intergration in Apple products would make you rich very fast because "Apple" is the big thing and even a small chip inside their products would make you millions.

They would make more money just intergrating a chip in the iPad or any Apple product insted of selling the "Sound Blaster Recon3D" which would only sell 1000 boards (guess).

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Trooper_One

Haha, are they going to do a Fatal1ty 'Special' Edition for an addition 50% more?

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Bilbert

How would audio be 3D? Unless the "3D" in Recon3D means the hardware itself isn't two-dimensional. 

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themohawkadmin

"3D" audio means the sound seems to come from all around you, sort of how a surround sound system does, but with only two speakers.  I personally don't like the way it sounds, but some people are all over it.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3D_audio

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chart2006

This would be an interesting drop in data acquisition system with support with MATLAB's DAQ Toolbox.

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stradric

It's nice that they continue to make these cards for enthusiasts and professionals.  The reasonably-priced SB cards on NewEgg are pretty harshly reviewed though.  You have to spend nearly $90 to get a decent Sound Blaster, which is absurd in my opinion.  My RealTek onboard audio is perfectly adequate for my gaming and music needs.

I'd guess these new SB cards would be priced around $150, which is about the cost of an entire motherboard.  Something is not right.  I say, save your money towards a nice SSD.  It's a much better upgrade.

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Nimrod

Ive gota call BS on both your points. I got my old school X-fi Gammer for less than 80 and its the same as the currents ones except for the PCI interface.

Second, if your RealTek is good enough then you obviously dont really give a shit about your sound quality.

 

Sound card are for people who DO care about the sound in their games.

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stradric

"nearly $90" and "less than $80" are pretty much the same.

> Second, if your RealTek is good enough then you obviously dont really give a shit about your sound quality.

Oh?  Is it so obvious that I "don't give a shit"?  I appreciate good sound quality but I'm not going to drop hundreds or thousands of dollars for marginally better sound.  Also, I believe I mentioned in my first sentence that this is nice for professionals and enthusiasts.  So I call bullshit on your ability to read.

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Neufeldt2002

Don't forget to include that SB will continue with their appalling driver support.

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SilverSurferNHS

every time i load windows 7 or even vista onto a system with a creative board the latest creative drivers load with windows update... xfi, audigy and live boards included... they're not THAT bad anymore...

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Neufeldt2002

Windows Update does not load drivers for either the X-Fi Xtreme Music or X-Fi Xtreme Gamer here at my house. I have to load the drivers manually. The only X-Fi that I could possible see Windows Update loading the driver for is the X-fi Xtreme Audio which is not a true X-Fi chip (it is a rebranded Audigy SE chip). As for Audigy and Live, I am not surprised as they are extremely old products.

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JohnP

ditto that... Creative is too much work..

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