Found a old Xwave sound card, any good?

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Found a old Xwave sound card, any good?

Postby Fusion » 2017-5-01 @ 01:36

Seems to me its an SB Live! clone. I couldn't find much online but it seems to be ok?

http://www.techexcess.net/ProductInfo.a ... LWHA571-T2

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Re: Found a old Xwave sound card, any good?

Postby gdjacobs » 2017-5-01 @ 04:03

It's an ESS Allegro chipset, so it's ESS' PCI sound technology. Although it doesn't provide true ESFM like a Solo-1 does, Iit should use the same sideband technologies and therefore be quite compatible with DOS -- much more so than a SB PCI/Live card.
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Re: Found a old Xwave sound card, any good?

Postby Fusion » 2017-5-02 @ 04:28

Oh nice, I heard from somewhere that ESS chips were great for DOS.

I guess the question might be, is this better then my SB Live Value?
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P3 450 | 128MB PC100| AGP TNT2 Pro 32MB | CT4170 SB16 | MS-DOS 7.10
A64 2.4 | 2GB DDR1 | PCI-E Radeon X800XT @ 575/575 | Win2K
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Re: Found a old Xwave sound card, any good?

Postby gdjacobs » 2017-5-03 @ 02:20

Fusion wrote:Oh nice, I heard from somewhere that ESS chips were great for DOS.

I guess the question might be, is this better then my SB Live Value?


For DOS, absolutely superior.
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Re: Found a old Xwave sound card, any good?

Postby Fusion » 2017-5-03 @ 05:03

Awesome. How does it compare to a ISA SB16? The mobo has the SB-Link (?) jumper on it.
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