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ive been having some issues with some games lately and are due to running my x-fi in hardware mode. Ive updated my drivers, even with the betas one and this has not fixed it. Im wondering what the pros and cons are to going to a usb headset. I am looking for great sound quality in games that also has great sound positioning, both of which my x-fi provide when its working properly. Also, if this is a good decision, what are some good headphones that you would recommend? thanks
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ive been having some issues with some games lately and are due to running my x-fi in hardware mode. Ive updated my drivers, even with the betas one and this has not fixed it. Im wondering what the pros and cons are to going to a usb headset. I am looking for great sound quality in games that also has great sound positioning, both of which my x-fi provide when its working properly. Also, if this is a good decision, what are some good headphones that you would recommend? thanks

AH! YEAH!!! There is no reason to have a "Good" PCI sound card With "Headphones"!??? Especially when one has onboard sound....

I never understood why people did this!? It's kind of like having a Brush guard on the front of Pickup truck that stays in City!? Pointless and only for "show".... Sell it and put the money towards something that will make more of an impact on the performance of your System...
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the headphones i use is in my sig rig....also, is there a performance hit i will take because of using usb headphones?
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No usb headphones/headsets are not worth it. there subpar quailty and you pay out the nose for the quaitly you get.

Either keep your X-Fi or sell it for a forte if you want your gaming features while gaining a decent headphone amp and the option to roll op-amp sockets,or a Xonar card. You can also get a good usb dac amp and pairing a good headphone that req the amp with one.

If you dont care about gaming features.
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why not buy some quality head phones and put the xfi to use? Personally i have a xonar and some altech lansing back beats pluses but, listen to music a lot.
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