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Discuss: Bluegears b-Enspirer
Felipe 
5/4/07 10:42:40 AM
Hero
Guru


Felipe thinks:

Mmmmm.... DTS and Dolby! :P~~

I might get one of those, which would be perfectly suited for the HTPC.


FX.

About the Atomic article Bluegears b-Enspirer

http://www.atomicmpc.com.au/article.asp?SCID=&CIID=76761

Damien Virulhapan is inspired to find an opponent to the Creative juggernaut.

What do you think?

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Kung Fu Hung-Su 
5/4/07 12:11:31 PM
Guru

Too bad you guys missed the bulk buy on these a few months back. xD I'd get one myself if I didn't have a fully functional X-Plosion already

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Nich... 
5/4/07 12:26:47 PM
Hero
Immortal


I'm tempted... starting to become bored with my onboard audio.

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Evil_Monkey 
6/4/07 10:29:26 AM
Apprentice

Id prefer one of these to the xi-fi, less cpu cycles means happier me.

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osama_bin_athlon 
6/4/07 10:38:15 AM
Hero
Immortal


good.
an alternative to Creative.
I might consider getting one of these babies too - and it's red!
no wonder it's faster....:P

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bluedude 
6/4/07 10:48:44 AM
Overlord

So it only supports EAX 2.0 / 32 voices? So does that mean 32 sounds at once in a game?

I don't think I can think of a game that uses more than 32 sounds at once anyway...

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datafast69 
6/4/07 11:10:12 AM
Guru

It's on the top of my list when it comes to sound cards, I was looking at the Razor card, but reviews suggest a noticeable hit to frame rate in games?

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LogicprObe 
6/4/07 7:32:33 PM
Banned

I'm keen to try one out!

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osama_bin_athlon 
7/4/07 1:39:02 PM
Hero
Immortal


yeh, it 'reads' pretty nice, I'd like to read a few in depth reviews....
I wonder if MSY are a chance of getting these, I'd imagine the price quoted is the at0mic norm (top dollar), probably get it for $120 if you shopped around.

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LogicprObe 
7/4/07 6:03:25 PM
Banned

Not much happening on shopferret yet.

http://www.shopferret.com.au/buy/sound_cards~l-p__search_string-Bluegears%20b-Enspirer.html

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Cynic* 
8/4/07 2:28:22 AM
Banned

It's nice to see some competition. Creative's monopoly on the market has essentially led to the stifling of innovation. Actually LISTENING to video games is a stale, lifeless experience. It doesn't have to be that way!

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Sorceror 
9/4/07 1:13:23 AM
Master

I've had one of these cards since late January, I read a few reviews back then, took a gamble and bought one (from megapc).

Well, I'm damn happy with it. Dolby Headphone sounds damn awesome. I run my speakers off DTS-encoded output, which automagically pass-throughs DTS/dolby digital signals. Analogue output/input quality is utterly delicious.

The one big thing I don't like about it is the poor support under Linux: they do provide an open source alsa driver, but I can't get it to build. Eventually, I ended up hacking it into the latest Linux kernel sources to get it to work. Of course, none of the Dolby features work under Linux, and it seems to be stuck in 48KHz (argh). The Linux driver is incomplete. I've pointed the ALSA project at the driver, but I think they've done SFA about it so far, hopefully once it's included in mainline ALSA it'll improve.

Another bug I actually hit tonight (which sent me googling, which led me to this thread ironically), is that ASIO input seems to be distorting in some way, which sucks, because I'm trying to feed my guitar through some audio programs in a low-latency kinda way. Not sure what's causing it, could be the latest version of the drivers I upgraded to. I'm going to try a downgrade.

UPDATE: Now that I've actually gone and read the review of the card, I'd just like to add that Creative are bastards when it comes to licensing EAX3+ technology to other companies.

Oh and I paid $169.40 for mine back in late January from megapc.com.au (looks like their price hasn't changed).

UPDATE2: I just wrote an email to Bluegears' support about the ASIO issue, and about the Linux driver issue (and some advice on how to go about Linux drivers). I'll see what they say.


Edited by Sorceror: 9/4/2007 1:43:27 AM

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LogicprObe 
9/4/07 8:16:32 AM
Banned

What do you mean by the ASIO input?

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osama_bin_athlon 
9/4/07 10:12:49 AM
Hero
Immortal


Quote by LogicprObe

What do you mean by the ASIO input?



secret stuff huh?
:P
yeh, what's a ASIO input?

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Sorceror 
9/4/07 11:42:07 AM
Master

Har, har. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audio_stream_input_output

Basically it gives me the low-latency I need to pump live instruments through my computer. Try playing a guitar and hearing it half or even a quater of a second later -- it just unplayable.

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LogicprObe 
9/4/07 8:38:55 PM
Banned

I use ASIO drivers all the time but I've never seen a soundcard with a seperate input for them.

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Sorceror 
9/4/07 9:42:16 PM
Master

Quote by LogicprObe
I use ASIO drivers all the time but I've never seen a soundcard with a seperate input for them.



ASIO lets you select specific input and output channels, I'm not quite sure what you're getting at.

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datafast69 
10/4/07 12:23:12 AM
Guru

Aren't you supposed to connect a guitar via a preamp? other wise the quality suffers badly?

I'm no musician, just remember this from somewhere when I was helping a musician friend.

I could be wrong.

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Sorceror 
12/4/07 1:59:49 PM
Master

Quote by datafast69
Aren't you supposed to connect a guitar via a preamp? other wise the quality suffers badly?



It's not just guitars, it's anything. Normal (non-ASIO) input works just fine.

I got a reply from Bluegears and they said their tech guys are looking into it.


Edited by Sorceror: 12/4/2007 2:00:14 PM

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techguy 
26/6/07 9:58:18 AM
Serf
Yeap....got one last week and love the sound quality. I think its much more better the creative sound card especially less cpu cycle when running the sound card which makes a lot of difference on the PC. Playing games with this sound card has becoming more exciting :)

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