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manta.b
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Budged Audio Card ($150-$250)

Hello all,

I'm looking for an upgrade for my PC audio. Currently I'm using a C-Media CMI8738. It's much better than the onboard card of coarse, but it doesn't do a great job. I selected a couple of candidates. Perhaps anyone can give me suggestions, I mostly listen to Jazz, Alt. Rock/Pop and Reaggea. I never play any PC games but occasionally I watch a movie via my DVD player in my PC.

The Candidates are:
M-Audio Audiophile 192 $189
M-Audio Audiophile 2469 $99
Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi Platinum $179
Creative SoundBlaster Audigy 2 ZS Platinum Pro $139
Terratec Aurion 7.1 Universe $169

A lot of thanks, and sorry for my English,

Maarten

ps:
My System:
Denen AVR2105
2x Canton LE109
2x Canton LE102
1x Canton LE 105
1x Canton AS25

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Re: Budged Audio Card ($150-$250)

Its 0:30 in Germany right now and I'm still enjoying my new M-Audio Audiophile USB. It's not what I mentioned before but I'm really happy! I got a great bargen at the Local Guitar shop:D The clarinets in "Tom Waits - All the World is Green" sound AMAZING! OK I still have some problems with the Digital in- and outputs. But I don't need them! Finally great sound from my PC.

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Re: Budged Audio Card ($150-$250)

I was hoping you would get one of the above as I am looking at the Maya44, the Juli@, the 2 M-Audio's you mention and the Xonar.
The Xonar is easiest to get for me but I'm still doubting.
Thanks for the reference to your system. It got me browsing E-bay again.

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Re: Budged Audio Card ($150-$250)

I have enjoyed my Echo Indigo 24/96 card for my laptop. It is full duplex so I can record and monitor at the same time. with my software I can record at 24/88.2 if I wish.

I have been evaluating the Behringer 24/96 firewire unit for a while. At $80 it is a good buy, but you cannot monitor when recording. I do like the front panel headphone jack and control. I think for $80 it is good value. It also will not allow 88.2 recording which allows for better transfers back to Cd redbook, but at this price I need to stop nitpicking.

My next desktop card will be the Digital Audio Labs Card DeLux. at $399, If I stay in PC land. I get tired of trying to dance around this issue of quality and coming up slightly short each time. Until I buy this card, that is what I WILL BE DOING. Buy right...buy once!

If I went to $1K I would look at the firewire units from RME Hammerfall with mic preamps and line ins.

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