I am preparing to buy my SCS Prof. license to run up to 8 channels of sound for music and effects, and due to budget constraints I would like to consider using the Creative 7.1 Audigy SE or the 7.1 Audigy 2 ZS instead of the M-Audio 1010.
I don't think I need balanced connections right now because I can get the PC close enough to the sound board to run 3 or 6 foot cables, so I'm thinking the 1010 isn't a requirement unless the sound quality and noise levels demand it.
I also see from the specs that the Audigy SE has a 100db S/N ratio, and the 2 ZS claims 108db. Based on these specs and the fact that I can pick up one of these in the $20-$50 range, I would plan to get one of the Audigy cards ...
Does anyone have any experience with the Creative Audigy sound cards, good or bad, that they would like to share before I potentially waste my time and money?
Specifically, has anyone used the SE with the lesser S/N ratio, and if so, have you noticed any noise coming from the card?