Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Results 11 to 18 of 18

Thread: An alternative to X-Fi?

  1. #11
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Bangalore, India
    Posts
    102

    Default

    A quick question: I have onboard realtek sound. Is it worth getting ANY soundcard at all if I want better sound quality and an easier time converting my PC to an audio workstation doing recording and sequencing jobs ?

  2. #12
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Posts
    976

    Default

    I might build a new system and I'd probably want a sound card rather than rely on only onboard sound (probably would be realtek but I think there are some others that have oboard sound, VIA?).

    Anyway, I like that people are debating the X-Fi v.s. other cards since I was considering Creative X-Fi when it was reported there is support in Linux soon (newer kernel, 2.6.30 or 2.6.31?). But, I'm still wary.

    That's why I am looking at Auzentech cards and the HT Omega series such as the Striker. What about those? There is a lot of comparison but it would be good, imho, if the actual card name could be mentioned and maybe approx. price? I'm leaning towards the HT Omega Striker and although it's a bit more than I'd like to spend on a sound card, it seems to get good reviews and I think it's compatible in Linux?

    Oh yeah, I looked at the ALSA compatibility page and not all cards (from a manufacturer is listed) so I have spent some time researching the chipset. However, I find it confusing as each page states you need to complie this or that. I didn't think many of them needed compiling. I am guessing that the (C-Media) CMI chipset is good and maybe some others?

  3. #13
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Under the bridge
    Posts
    2,099

    Default

    If you care about quality, the Xonar DS is a very good choice.

    @MetalheadGautham:*if you care about recording multichannel analog audio, get a pro or semi-pro sound card. External cards often offer better quality than internal ones.

    If you care about playback, get a good quality sound card and a good stereo speaker setup. You can also use onboard, as long as you use an external digital decoder/amplifier with no loss in quality.

    If you care about mixing sequenced audio with live performance (e.g. record yourself while playing back a sequenced track), you'll also need low latency (10ms is the largest acceptable). The lowest latency I*have ever seen came from the SoundStorm chip on Nforce 2 motherboards (Athlon*XP*era) - with ASIO drivers, they could reach down to 2ms of latency!

    X-Fi will bring nothing but troubles if you try to use it for recording on Linux with its current drivers (maybe in a couple of years things will be better).

  4. #14
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Posts
    976

    Default

    Asus Xonar DS? What's that?

    I have found Xonar DX (Low Profile PCI version), Xonar D1 (Low profile PCI-e version) and Xonar D2X. I found that a DS exists but not available in my area anywhere.

    Is the DX a higher rated version?

  5. #15
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Third Rock from the Sun
    Posts
    6,532

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Panix View Post
    Asus Xonar DS? What's that?

    I have found Xonar DX (Low Profile PCI version), Xonar D1 (Low profile PCI-e version) and Xonar D2X. I found that a DS exists but not available in my area anywhere.

    Is the DX a higher rated version?
    Yes the DX is the higher end card.

  6. #16
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Posts
    33

    Default

    X-Fi is now supported in Kernel v2.6.31 or later.

  7. #17
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Bangalore, India
    Posts
    102

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by BlackStar View Post
    If you care about quality, the Xonar DS is a very good choice.

    @MetalheadGautham:*if you care about recording multichannel analog audio, get a pro or semi-pro sound card. External cards often offer better quality than internal ones.

    If you care about playback, get a good quality sound card and a good stereo speaker setup. You can also use onboard, as long as you use an external digital decoder/amplifier with no loss in quality.

    If you care about mixing sequenced audio with live performance (e.g. record yourself while playing back a sequenced track), you'll also need low latency (10ms is the largest acceptable). The lowest latency I*have ever seen came from the SoundStorm chip on Nforce 2 motherboards (Athlon*XP*era) - with ASIO drivers, they could reach down to 2ms of latency!

    X-Fi will bring nothing but troubles if you try to use it for recording on Linux with its current drivers (maybe in a couple of years things will be better).
    I guess ALL my work would involve using JACK apps like JackRack, Hydrogen, Ardour2, etc.

    I hope to record multiple tracks with my band at the same time (a couple of mics at the drums, a mic for the vocals, 4 line-in points for the keyboards, the bass and two guitars and two extra mics).

    But I guess I can forgo that part and instead just concentrate on recording ONE track at a time and then use audacity/ardour2 to put 'em together.

    And I most certainly need to do work involving mixing sequenced audio with live performance. How would the latency be if I used JackAudio with a X-Fi card ?

    Would either a Xonar DS or a X-Fi do my job ?

  8. #18
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Toronto/North Bay Canada
    Posts
    877

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by MetalheadGautham View Post
    A quick question: I have onboard realtek sound. Is it worth getting ANY soundcard at all if I want better sound quality and an easier time converting my PC to an audio workstation doing recording and sequencing jobs ?
    I didn't notice a difference between integrated vs audigy 2. Im no sound editor tho.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •