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I feel like my onboard sound is not giving me the most out of the games I play. I'd like to upgrade to something better but I don't need anything too fancy with front panels or anything, I just want great 5.1 sound with newer EAX support.

I'm looking at the two cards listed in the title but I'm a little confused. What does the Audgiy 2 zs offer over the Audigy 4 SE, the Audigy 2 ZS being the more expensive of the two. Let me know what you guys think or if I should consider a totally different card altogether. Thanks!
    
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the Audigy 4 SE is an OEM Audigy 4, and can be found at directron.com for around $43
The Audigy 2 ZS is a higher end Audigy 2

The difference is that the audigy 2 zs has gold connectors, while the Audigy 4 (SE) does not

The better value is the Audigy 4 SE
 
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Audigy 2 ZS is an overpriced Audigy 4, and it has gold connectors too.
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Thanks for the info guys, Are there any other cards I should consider or is the Audigy 4 SE my best bet?
    
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best bet... you get my vote
 
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I dunno how the X-Fi extreme Music ones compare.
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From doing a little more reading I think what changed on the Audigy 4 was they uses a higher end Cirrus surround chip vs the Audigy 2 series. And gold connectors can make a difference...

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From doing a little more reading I think what changed on the Audigy 4 was they uses a higher end Cirrus surround chip vs the Audigy 2 series. And gold connectors can make a difference...

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nice find on the cirrus surround chip.. I say its important 'cuz thats my name

back on topic- Gold connectors will not make as much of an improvement, at least not to justify an extra 20 dollars
 
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nice find on the cirrus surround chip.. I say its important 'cuz thats my name

back on topic- Gold connectors will not make as much of an improvement, at least not to justify an extra 20 dollars
Well actually the Audigy 4 SE is cheaper than the Audigy 2 ZS and often even cheaper than the audigy 2 Value. I'm going to buy the Audigy 4 locally within the hour for about 59$ CAN. Ya, its a little more then some american internet sites but I get it right away and + no shipping.
    
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Well actually the Audigy 4 SE is cheaper than the Audigy 2 ZS and often even cheaper than the audigy 2 Value. I'm going to buy the Audigy 4 locally within the hour for about 59$ CAN. Ya, its a little more then some american internet sites but I get it right away and + no shipping.
exactly what I'm saying
 
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