Back in time, I had a Sound Blaster Connect and a Sound Blaster Live! 24-Bit External. Both USB.
Then I switched to a Asus Xonar D1 (PCI).
Wonderful soundcard for its time. Such a nice SNR the DAC offered!
Was a pleasure to use with semi-professional headphones (AKG K-141, Sennheiser HD-424).. ^^
Edit: All "cards" were kind of compliant to Direct Sound 3D and EAX.
- That's what XP makes so interesting for old games, I guess.
It's the last Windows to support Direct Music (MIDI SoftSynths!) , Direct Sound 3D (HW acceleration, mixing) , Aureal A3D, OpenAL and EAX 2.x (?).
The later Windows OSes don't support that anymore. OpenAL wrappers must be used. And those other things like ASIO which may still work don't really matter to games.. :(
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In what to one race is no time at all, another race can rise and fall..." - The Minstrel
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