I’m not talking about power of the lancer itself, that’s a whole different can of worms. I’m talking strictly sound here.
Do you prefer the sound of the peashooter lancer or of the 50 cal lancer?
Personally I like the 50 cal lancer. But the peashooter is definitely nostalgic.
I consider the Claw as a .50 cal in the game.
Strictly because of its power and its sound/ fire rate.
To answer your question, I prefer the current sound for the Lancer.
Beefy(strong) gun sounds > peashooter gun sounds every time. End of discussion. Can you imagine the (human) from Halo 1-3 without that glorious firing sound?
I’ll always prefer the sounds of lower rate of fire rifles in games/movies. You just get to hear more of the report instead of brrrrrrt.