I don't know about the revo, but I have the audigy ex and an audiophile 2496. With either a Via or Intel chipset I have had the same problem with the 2496, audio dropouts (using digital out), using the newest drivers and following people here on this forum. Never had a problem with the audigy (using digital out only).
I now would like to upgrade to either the audigy 2 (so I can have both analog and digital out for WMP9, DVD, and DVD-Audio), or the revo, (to do the same things but I have heard the revo does not have the software ready for DVD-Audio. Who on this forum has actually tried both cards for at least 2 weeks in the same system? Please tell me what you think (not just sound quality, but also capability for the above apps and troubleshooting, if any)
I have both the Audigy 2 (6 months) and the Revo (2 months) in my HTPC. I use the Audigy 2 strictly for DVD-A because the Revo DVD-A software is vaporware at this point. I use the Revo in SPDIF mode for CD Audio (in WMP9) and DVD movies (in Power-DVD XP), mainly because the Revo does not re-sample CD Audio from 44.1 kHz to 48kHz as the Audigy 2 does. The improvement in CD sound quality is very apparent with the Revo. I can't really hear any difference between the two cards in SPDIF mode for DVD DD or DTS audio bit streams.
As far as DVD-A, the clarity and especially dynamic range, is a significant improvement over CD Audio although, the Audigy software, bass management, and speaker calibration leave a lot to be desired IMO. I don't think Creative has ever been known for strength in software or driver development.
I have never had any dropouts with either card but, I have noticed off-speed playback problems with DTS CDs. I have read that this can actually be fixed by using an older version of Winamp and bypassing the Windows kmixer.
My system configuration is a 1.4 GHz P4 running Windows XP SP1 and all current Hotfixes. Audigy 2 in PCI slot 1 and Revo in PCI slot 2.
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