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Comment Review is useless -- only discusses CPU impact. (Score 1) 327

I found the review that was posted to be almost completely content-free. All it spoke about was graphics framerates on various games rather than about the audio performance characteristics of each card.

I am much more interested in things like signal to noise ratios, sound quality, sound characteristics, number of useful discrete channels, bitrates, and general compatibility and reliability of cards.

I recently switched from a cheap sound card to an Audigy 2 ZS and was astonished that the hiss I had become used to wasn't in my amplified speakers as I had assumed it was, but in the old sound card. This prompted me to take advantage of the 7.1 support of the Audigy 2 ZS and has since become my primary watching & listening environment for DVDs.

The 96-khz/48-bit sound is also astonishingly clear when listened to with good speakers or headphones.

I have been searching for some time for a review of the various sound cards comparing their quality. I am much more interested in giving up CPU cycles for better sound than the other way around.


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