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I found an Audigy 4 card with twice the Sample Rate of the X-Fi cards, and the card is only $50. Is there something I'm missing? I already have some good headphones (Sony dynamic stereo MDR-7505) and good speakers (Creative I-Trigue 3220s) and I plan on at least asking for a 5.1 Headset w/ Mic for Christmas.

So an Audigy 4 with a sample rate of 192 KHz vs an X-Fi with 96 KHz that costs twice as much, which would sound better, and more importantly, which is the better value?

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the Audigy 4 has upgraded DACs but the x-fi has a new, updated and better processor. I use an external DAC with my x-fi
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DAC? Which would be a better card to own?
    
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I do wonder why soloz2 made that post. I have no clue what he was talking about. I dont get how the sound quality could possibly be worth doubling the price.
    
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I do wonder why soloz2 made that post. I have no clue what he was talking about. I dont get how the sound quality could possibly be worth doubling the price.
DAC= Digital to Analog converter.

The X-Fi series are far superior IMO.

Go for the X-Fi, especially for gaming.
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Many games these days are designed to specifically maximize EAX on the X-Fi cards. might be something worth considering.
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post #7 of 17
For value the Audigy 4 is the better choice. You probably wouldn't notice the difference in sound quality even if you were listening to both of them back and forth. Get the Audigy 4. Also the Audigy 4 supports EAX.
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post #8 of 17
Quote:
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For value the Audigy 4 is the better choice. You probably wouldn't notice the difference in sound quality even if you were listening to both of them back and forth. Get the Audigy 4. Also the Audigy 4 supports EAX.
So does the Audigy2 series. The X-Fi, as stated before, has a better on-board processor which equals better fps while gaming.

If you can spare the extra cash go for the X-Fi.
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Quote:
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For value the Audigy 4 is the better choice. You probably wouldn't notice the difference in sound quality even if you were listening to both of them back and forth. Get the Audigy 4. Also the Audigy 4 supports EAX.
Having compared my brother's sytem with an Audigy and then my own X-Fi Plat, there is a difference, albeit a small one. The X-Fi drivers are far superior to Audigy IMO - bottomline. If you want the best audio you can get, get X-Fi. If it's not crucial to you, Audigy will do just fine.
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post #10 of 17
Like I said the Audigy is the better value. The X-Fi will have slightly better sound quality and the difference in FPS between the two cards is so small its not even worth mentioning we are talking about fractions of a frame per second. So for half the price the Audigy 4 is definately the way to go.
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