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Old 11-06-2005, 06:09 PM   #1
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Question Good Soundcard?

Hellooooo. I'm going to be upgrading from my onboard audio to a soundcard... I'm just not sure what to. Really the only sound cards I'm familiar with are the Audigy 2's. I can spend about 150 (maybe a little more so if its worth it) on a card... so how far will that get me?

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Old 11-06-2005, 06:36 PM   #2
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Here's a very nice one that I would LOVE to buy for myself. It's got enhance sound localization and it's Creative Labs newest chipset, the X-Fi. Check it out:

It's only $120:
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic 8 (7.1) Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102188

Here's what Creative claims this card can do or features of the soundcard:

X-Fi 24-bit Crystalizer
X-Fi CMSS-3D
The Fastest Gaming Performance Ever
EAX ADVANCED HD 5.0 support
The Latest Cinematic Technologies for the Ultimate PC Movie Experience
High-Quality, Feature-Rich Recording
Dedicated Modes for Music & Movies, Gaming and Audio Creation
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Old 11-06-2005, 10:04 PM   #3
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i have audigy 2 ZS it was 80 bucks CND and i love it
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Old 11-06-2005, 10:06 PM   #4
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Yeah, if you have the money, go with the x-fi. The difference between the audgiy 2 zs and the x-fi is incredible. Spec-by-spec, the x-fi is 24 times better than the audigy 2 zs. But, hey, money is a lot nowadays and the audigy 2zs is still a fine card. It's all up to your budget man.
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I was looking at two of the x-fi cards. The Xtreme music version and the Platinum one. Whats the difference between the two/is it worth the extra money?
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One just comes with a little external device and one is the plain one. the ultimate one comes with some fancy led desiplay thingy, but unless you're a music developer for games or the like, I highly don't recommend spending the extra money.
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Awesome, thanx for the help! I think I'll soon be the owner of a nice Sound Blaster X-Fi (Xtreme Music)
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cool. tell us how it sounds. and see if it works on the games.
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Make sure you have good speakers to go with it. If all you have are two little desktop speakers, the sound card is pretty much a waste of money. Go with a 5.1 surround speakers from Logitech.
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Like mine... arguably the best comp speakers on this planet...
Logitech Z-5500 5.1 Speaker - Retail at Newegg.com
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