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Old 07-02-2007, 10:53 AM   #1
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Need sound card recommendation please

I was about to purchase a Dell desktop a few days ago, but then I learned that the Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic is not compatible with Linux.

I plan on having a dual-boot system with Windows and Linux...since I am a gamer, what are some other choices for a high-end sound card that works well with Linux? Thanks.
Old 07-02-2007, 11:07 PM   #2
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All of the typical computer sound cards have terrible performance compared to high fidelity sound systems. Therefore it seems to me that you are principally looking for a card that is compatible with Linux.

In general, hardware that is recently released will not have a driver with Linux. Hardware that has been around for a while probably will work with Linux.

A lot of people, including myself, use the Creative Labs sound cards. I'm considering just using the sound chips that come on the motherboard when I build my next computer. If you aren't getting high fidelity specs then you are just buying hype. The same goes for the sound systems that plug into the sound card. Those $85 computer sound systems aren't going to be spectacular but they don't cost much.

You should check the web site of the distribution that you are using. Most distributions have a hardware compatibility list.
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I have the one of the last Creative sound-cards with a fully open-source driver: An Audigy 2 ZS. All but the last EAX version for games, and fully Linux-compatible. As it is no longer available in stores, I had to get it from eBay.

Creative has said that they're working on a closed-source Linux driver for the X-Fi, but there hasn't been news about it for a long, long while, and open-source drivers are so much better to work with (and more secure) anyway.
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I use an ESI Juli@. Had an x-fi as well and ebayed it as the sound quality of the juli@ is way superior (and because of the driver problem of course).
As a gamer you will miss EAX in windows games though.
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