First post, by atomeec
This is my first post here (oh, just saw after submitting it that actually second 🤣) however I am reading the forum for several months already (since I started to gather some old stuff to have real DOS experience...again after so many years).
So, I have already some sound cards, which I could afford for reasonable price. An AWE64, which is now installed but I am not so satisfied with it, I had issues and reflashed the firmware with the the Dell flasher, which was successful so basically revived the card from certain death (it was already mostly not recognized by the motherboard). It is quite noisy with headphones (fine with speakers), but still I am looking around for alternative options to have good sound, music in DOS games. I read already a lot, so I know there is no ultimate card here...Anyway 😀
I have no idea if OPL3 for midi synth would be that good, but what I know from experience already (I have 3 ESS cards, they are really good and were cheap) ESS would be the best choice because of the wavetable header (would be nice to get a dreamblaster later for it for GM) and nice sound quality and bugfree operation. I still don't have option for MT-32 music, as the device is too much expensive for me, I don't want a separate PC to emulate it, and...I would be fine with something close...if exists.
Anyway, the reason of my post is, as the only information I have about a card I found for sale is that it is probably from some early era of ESS when still they licenced real Yamaha stuff, but no other info found on it if it is would worth the price (no ebay prices, everything is too much cost for normal human being here in central-east Europe) - which is around 30 USD. I have a picture as a proof 😀 If anyone can give me advise, more info, direction, I am very thankful. And sorry for the new topic, but couldn't find this card anywere in discussions.