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    Default best soundcard for linux now

    Hello,

    Now I have the chance to sell my X-Fi to a friend, and I'm searching for a alternative soundcard with really good linux (especially openususe) support.

    The things the soundcard should have:
    - really good sound
    - 5.1 or more speakers
    - digital out (would be great, but not necessary)
    - 24bit (also not necessary)
    - front-panel connectors
    - price < 100€

    Can you help me?

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    Default Re: best soundcard for linux now

    Quote Originally Posted by Strahlex View Post
    I'm searching for a alternative soundcard with really good linux (especially openususe) support.

    The things the soundcard should have:
    - really good sound
    - 5.1 or more speakers
    - digital out (would be great, but not necessary)
    - 24bit (also not necessary)
    - front-panel connectors
    - price < 100
    I can not help here with a recommended card, as the apartment where my wife and I live is small, and I have no room for speakers, hence there is no point in my getting a decent sound card.

    Having typed that, when you start considering specific cards, I recommend you check:
    a. openSUSE hardware compatibility list to see if it is listed: openSUSE HCL/Sound Card compatibility list
    b. Linux incompatibility list to ensure it is NOT listed: Linux incompatible Audio cards
    c. Alsa site for further information on the card: Alsa project - info on support/no-support of various cards

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    Default Re: best soundcard for linux now

    Hmmmm, I'm thinking about a M-Audio Revolution 7.1.
    Has anybody experience with this soundcard, is it well?
    Any other ideas?

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    Default Re: best soundcard for linux now

    I am using the M-audio Revolution 7.1 and have been for quite some time now, it works perfectly with 5.1, I have stereo sound upmixed to all 5 channels as well. The sound quality is incredible, no complaints!!

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    I would recommend the Sound Blaster Audigy 4 or Audigy 2 ZS series (any card in either series), and would avoid the X-Fi line if Linux will be your default/only OS. I multi-boot with Vista, and use the X-Fi XtremeGamer in Vista, but due to lack of drivers, I have a classic Audigy which I use in openSuSE 11.

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