SoundBlaster Recon3D Professional Audio

max2012

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Hi,

I am just wondering if you know anything about the
SoundBlaster Recon3D Professional Audio Card,
see the link:

http://www.creative.com/soundblaster/products/audio/

Do you have any news or information on when this card will be available
from Creative ?

Thanks.
 

Maxx_Power

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Well this is marketed by Creative as a gaming card, and components wise, it is nothing special. I noticed you posted under High-End Audio, and assume you are looking for high quality audio production. If that's the case, there are FAR better out there, internal and external cards alike.
 

Vinnie H

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For example?
 

Maxx_Power

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Okay, not knowing how you will use the audio device, I suggest for music/games/monitoring:

DacPort LX if you don't need a built-in headphone amplifier, or
DacPort, if you need that built-in headphone amplifier.

See http://centrance.com/products/

Otherwise, for a little less money, you can try the DragonFly.

See http://www.audioquest.com/usb_digital_analog_converter/dragonfly-dac

All of the above are USB, and I personally love the DacPort, cleanest sound I have ever heard.

If you want to get something a little more economical, you can try the ODAC by nwavguy. I have two of those, and they are also super clean. You can get a fully assembled one for about 150 bucks or less, depending on where you get it. You can also get a ODAC+O2 headphone amplifier in one chasis.

See for example http://www.jdslabs.com/storecat.php?fetchcat=5

I have both the O2+ODAC and ODAC stand alone, as well as the DacPort, I have to say, they are all terrific. I built my own O2's, so I saved quite a bit of money with spare parts and PCBs left over should I want to build more.

PS. I would recommend an external sound device if only because the internal components becomes obsoleted quickly when interface specifications change.
 
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