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Old 09-24-2006, 08:38 PM   #1
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Default Xi-Fi Xtreme Music vs. Sound Audigy 2

It's the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card versus the Creative Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS SB0350 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Sound Card.

I currently have the Audigy2. Please answer the following:

1. Will I notice a improvement in audio quality when it comes to gaming?
2. Will I notice an improvement in audio quality when it comes to general usage (like the folder opening click)?
3. Will I notice an improvement in music/DVD audio playback quality?
4. Will I notice an improvement in performance of any kind?
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Old 09-24-2006, 09:16 PM   #2
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i do know one thing; the factor that affects sound the most is speakers. but you will always notice a difference in sound at elast a little bit when upgrading soundcards
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Old 09-24-2006, 09:22 PM   #3
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Yeah. I'll be getting the Logitech Z-5500 with the X-Fi XtremeMusic... if I get that high quality speakers, what philosophy should I follow?

1. I'm getting great speakers... I should get a sound card to match up.
2. Because I'm getting such high quality speakers, I can stick my old card.
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Old 09-24-2006, 09:27 PM   #4
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if you have great speakers, it will sound fine no matter what, but adding a better soudncard only makes it sound better. i say get a better card if you have the spare cash. just dont look at it as a neccessity if youre current card is already decent.
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You won't notice too much difference, but the X-Fi has more equalizer options and such. If I were you, keep the Audigy 2 and wait for the X-Fi to drop even more in price.
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Old 09-24-2006, 10:08 PM   #6
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if you have great speakers, it will sound fine no matter what, but adding a better soudncard only makes it sound better. i say get a better card if you have the spare cash. just dont look at it as a neccessity if youre current card is already decent.
And is my current card decent?
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And is my current card decent?
Yes, its fine.
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Alright, thanks guys.
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It's the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card versus the Creative Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS SB0350 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Sound Card.

I currently have the Audigy2. Please answer the following:

1. Will I notice a improvement in audio quality when it comes to gaming?
2. Will I notice an improvement in audio quality when it comes to general usage (like the folder opening click)?
3. Will I notice an improvement in music/DVD audio playback quality?
4. Will I notice an improvement in performance of any kind?
They both have the same DAC's and clock generation circuts, this here should answer your question.
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