First post, by buckrogers
Having trouble getting me head around the various (hardware accelerated) sound cards of the late 98 / early xp era.
If I understand correctly, many games back then provided one or more of these options:
1. Eax 1, 2... 5 - Creative's 3D positional sound
Card options: X-Fi (non HD), Audigy 2 series (unofficial win7 drivers)
2. A3D 1, 2, 3 - Aureal's 3D positional sound (superior to EAX when taken advantage of by the game developer)
Card options: the latter two require Aureal Vortex 2 based sound card (e.g. MX300).
Limitations: win98 recommended (xp drivers not good), can be buggy even in 98.
3. Sensaura - older tech than the two above?
Card options: Many? Soundmax. Terratec DMX series. TB santa cruz
Limitations: XP support dependent on card manufacturer.
Given the above, one is best lumping it with a creative card for 3D positional goodness? Otherwise a TBSC provides all things except A3D v2,3 support.