It took A WHILE but finally Creative Labs introduced PCI-e version of their Sound
Blaster X-Fi card. I saw pictures of it a year ago on Russian internet though - I guess coding for Vista was not exactly piece of cake :)
New card includes X-Fi Crystallizer feature ("to
restore the details and vibrance lost during compression")and X-Fi
CMSS-3D (surround over headphones). The EAX HD is supported. Costs US $69
When I looked on specs I saw two little but nice extras compared to my old X-Fi
1) and there are optical input and output on the card, 2) connects to standard audio HD front panel on most PC cases
I figured out this card does not come with ac3 encoding only with decoding...
then I figured out that free AC3 Filter ( http://ac3filter.net/projects ) allows for ac3 encoding anyway.
Thought this is worth sharing... Think this should work, does anyone have X-Fi Xtreme Audio and a receiver to try this out?
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