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post #11 of 17 Old 12-28-2005, 12:09 PM
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Top of the line... like the x-fi, Just more features and support more voices at the same time. I dont know of any intergrated that is 24bit. So im guessing yes you are 16-bit. Im not sure if the x-fi has more quality or not, but their overpriced and I dont think their is a noticable difference in sound quality, they are still 24-bit.

I doubled checked and yes your mobo is 16-bit, This card will put you at 24-bit. Allow more sounds at the same time, etc.
There most definitely is an increase in sound quality with an X-Fi and even more so with headphone listening. Don't pay attention to specs, they mean absolutely nothing. Ignore them when buying audio equipment and just listen to what you're buying with your ears. I can EASILY fool you with specs in to thinking one is superior over another. Total harmonic distortion is a severely overabused spec that should be simply wiped off of equipment. THD can easily be reduced by increasing Transient Intermodulation Distortion or inducing huge amounts of negative feedback, both of which are detrimental to sound quality. Same thing with sound cards, forget the specs and listen to the equipment. If you can afford it, get the X-Fi. If you can't, wait until you can so you're not buying another one down the road. Make your upgrades count, especially when on a budget.

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If you're looking for budget upgrade, the best is the Audigy2 Value. It is a phenomenal improvement over onboard, and I am mainly a headset user. The sounds is much more clear, both treble and bass more defined even in my budget headphones.

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yea, I'm not saying my suggestions are better than anyone elses, but I suggest that you get an X-Fi XtremeMusic, it will help you in the long run since its got the latest features not being used by games quite yet, and yes the Audigy 2 ZS is alot cheaper than the X-Fi, but would you rather have newer technology now or later is the quesiton now.


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There most definitely is an increase in sound quality with an X-Fi and even more so with headphone listening. Don't pay attention to specs, they mean absolutely nothing. Ignore them when buying audio equipment and just listen to what you're buying with your ears. I can EASILY fool you with specs in to thinking one is superior over another. Total harmonic distortion is a severely overabused spec that should be simply wiped off of equipment. THD can easily be reduced by increasing Transient Intermodulation Distortion or inducing huge amounts of negative feedback, both of which are detrimental to sound quality. Same thing with sound cards, forget the specs and listen to the equipment. If you can afford it, get the X-Fi. If you can't, wait until you can so you're not buying another one down the road. Make your upgrades count, especially when on a budget.
what he said. save up another few bucks and get the X-Fi XtremeMusic. it's awesome, especially with headphones. it can simulate GREAT 3D positioning for games, especially with those that support the Hi-Def sounds of X-Fi (like BF2, and i'm sure more games will in the future). those who haven't heard the X-Fi don't know, . i've heard on-board sound, and plenty of Audigy 2 cards... the X-Fi is in a league of it's own with the 24-bit crystalizer and 3D simulation.

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All of you are wrong, for headphones the av710 is the best hands down. The audigy 2's are crap for headphones.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829120103

BTW newer technology has nothing to do with sound quality. X-fi's are good, but the av710 and M-Audio's will beat them in the headphone department.

Here is a guide to get you the most out of it.

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BTW newer technology has nothing to do with sound quality.
LOL, would you like to debate this with me or would you like to take this statement back?

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All of you are wrong, for headphones the av710 is the best hands down. The audigy 2's are crap for headphones.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829120103

BTW newer technology has nothing to do with sound quality. X-fi's are good, but the av710 and M-Audio's will beat them in the headphone department.

Here is a guide to get you the most out of it.



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