Reply 20 of 36, by appiah4
Largely depends on what motherboard you will use. A ForteMedia FM801 card is probably your most compatible bet that has very agreeable FM music.
If your smotherboard is known to work with them,Yamaha YMF724/744 cards are the best but they can be difficult to get working on most chipsets without SB-Link.
You can also go for an Aztech AZF3328 card, as they also have genuine integrated OPL3 synths but they are pretty much equally picky about chipsets.
An ESS Solo-1 card is middle of the road between the two in terms of quality and compatibility.
There is no fifth PCI chipset I would use for DOS gaming.
Aureal Vortex 2 works more or less hassle free but it sounds like ass in FM synthesis.
Crystal CS4624/30 are amazingly good chipsets but their FM music is still borderline cringeworthy.
CMI8738 has a lot of revisions some of which work in some cases but most just don't work at all in most cases.
Audigy/Live/AudioPCI are just pure shit.
The only thing I never tried, now that I think about it is ALS4000.. Anyone know how that one sounds/works?
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