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Originally Posted by PCSarge View Post
yeah its that feeling...that im finally getting what i paid for when i bought my speakers
Yeah! That's how I felt too; as though I was finally hearing the true full potential of my speakers!

If you're anything like I am, then you may still be impressed even more than 3 years later! I upgraded from an Audigy 2 ZS to the X-Fi XtremeGamer on 3/12/08 (the day I finally started using my sig rig), and I'm still impressed to this day - especially when I hear the very satisfying deep low end!
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post #12 of 40
As a person who listens to music most of the day, or is playing games, I cannot recommend it enough.

I haven't even tried recording with it yet for my CDJs, can't wait to see the quality for that.
post #13 of 40
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Originally Posted by E-Peen View Post
I actually just got the SAME sound card a few days ago. A lot of people told me there would be zero difference and everything would just be placebo, however, that in no way shape or form is the case. Just listening to music itself is absolutely astounding in entertainment mode. I listened to Aqueous Transmission my Incubus and instantly fell in love with the card.

After messing with a lot of the EQ settings and extra settings you get in the Creative CP, it's really amazing. I haven't tried playing any games with sound yet, I'm going to try BFBC2 tonight.
I bet those who were telling you that there would be zero difference either have no experience with sound cards, or have no experience with good sound cards.

Either way, my crappy little Altec Lansing VS4121's sound like 10x better with the XtremeGamer than they did with the Audigy 2 ZS!

So I think that even if someone has $20 speakers from Wal-Mart that it would still be worth it because a good sound card brings the best out of any speakers.
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post #14 of 40
I recently received my SoundBlaster X-FI Titanium PCIe. I'll never go back to onboard ever!.

My X-230's have amazed me yet again. I've had it for 6 years already I think.
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post #15 of 40
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Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post
Yeah! That's how I felt too; as though I was finally hearing the true full potential of my speakers!

If you're anything like I am, then you may still be impressed even more than 3 years later! I upgraded from an Audigy 2 ZS to the X-Fi XtremeGamer on 3/12/08 (the day I finally started using my sig rig), and I'm still impressed to this day - especially when I hear the very satisfying deep low end!
undoubtedly, the card made my highs and mids come to life, and the lows were smooth when the sub kicked in, the onboard misfed the sub with regular output.

listening to the chopper flight into the island on jurrasic park, when the orchestra kicked in for the theme, i literally fell in love, never will i be without a sound card again.

now i just need to get me some real headphones...my old sonys from 21 years ago just bit it, they were from 1980, the era when headphones were quality from sony, even on the low end.
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post #16 of 40
Congrats!

I would NEVER go back to onboard after my SB.
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I wish I could run my Titanium Fatal1ty Pro, I'm using all of my slots with gpu's though... I miss it.
 
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Does it make a difference in headphones?
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Does it make a difference in headphones?
Absolutely! Yes!
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post #20 of 40
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Does it make a difference in headphones?
More than speakers, if you ask me. I just don't prefer to wear headphones.
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