[alsa-devel] [Alsa-user] looking for advice on buying a card

Bill Unruh unruh at physics.ubc.ca
Sat May 2 19:37:10 CEST 2009

On Sat, 2 May 2009, Dmitri Seletski wrote:

> Hello Guys
> I am thinking to buy pci express sound card. Nothing fancy, just
> something with dolby surround 7.1 and decent sound quality, rather
> inexpensive, i am not audiophile.

Exactly why do you want 7.1? How do you listen to your soundcard? What do you
listen to?

> I have noticed that there are not that many sound cards out there which
> have descent support in Linux(unlike many forums claim). I have had

You have done a survey?

> MAJOR problems with pci xfi card from creative labs(fatality gamers
> edition), my buddy still has a lot of problem with it, like major issues
> with input. No mic - no skype or other voip, you know yourself...

Which version of alsa?

> I have found source of asus xonar dx(namely ebay), it is not that
> expensive compared to many other pci express cards out there, still is
> expensive enough, from alsa matrix it appears to be quite descent.
> Question is, is it worth buying? Is it painful to get it
> running?(probably nothing unusual, matter of loading module), does it
> work fully(does microphone work, does surround sound 7.1 work?)?
> Is there something better for similar money?(EUR 73 or £65 or $97)
> Please do not propose incompletely supported cards(while i wouldn't mind
> submitting issues to mail lists if i come across bugs, i wouldn't want
> product that doesn't work)
> I appreciate any comments.
> Thank you in advance.
> Dmitri
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