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Thread: USB SQ Sound Card battle - Consumer level

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    I actually have a USB Hercules Muse LT card now that I got for testing and it doesn' sound bad...I'm assuming the NX2 would sound much better...

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    I had the NX and X-Fi, and what sounded the best was both of them together! Since the X-Fi is very limited on its I/O options, I went with the NX at first. The SQ of the NX is very good, but I really liked what the X-Fi Crystallizer did for my mp3's. So, I decided to run the output of the NX into the input of the X-Fi to be able to use the Crystallizer function (using the X-Fi in standalone mode, where it's not connected to the PC via USB at all). I had the X-Fi mounted on my console and used it as my main volume control. It sounded awesome.

    One thing to consider though is to use the X-Fi in standalone mode, you have to supply it with 5 volts in some other way than from your pc's USB port. If the X-Fi is plugged in to a USB port, standalone mode does not work. I tapped into my cigarette lighter line with a 5v resistor and got everything all nice and neat and tucked away. It worked very well and sounded awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cris View Post
    So, you think it's a better ideea using the 7.1 that the plain stereo? I'm asking because, first off all the sound stage in my car could do for much improvement, and second because I'm afraid that in 7.1 the NX would cut the frequency to the "satelite" speakers too high...or is this adjustable via software?
    Yes, I double checked and you should be able to adjust the filter frequency.

    The only thing I do not see in the manual is the "THX console". If it does not have this, it does not have the time alignment/speaker distance adjustment. Someone who owns the card needs to verify this, because that is the ONLY advantage to using this card in 7.1 mode IMO, otherwise there is no clear benefit.

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    I see.

    To my knoledge the 2NX has 2V preaout. What about the Transit, how many V doaes it have?

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    Still undecided between the Transit and the 2NX... I'm also contemplating with the idea of using it's optical output into an Alpine processor with the RUX controller...but again...don't know which one...

    Also, does the Audigy 2NX support the ASIO drivers?

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    After much debating on which USB card is better I got the Audiotrack Prodigy 7.1 PCI

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