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Well, after never owning a sound card and always having crappy headphones and speakers I've decided it's time to fix the situation ^_^

From what I hear the X-Fis are the way to go, is this correct? Well, I want a sound system that can produce loud good quality music but when I feel like it, have some crazy base lol. I want it ALL! As for the budget I would like it to stay under 250, well two-hundo if possible.

I have questions about the X-Fis on newegg.. Whats the difference between the sound cards on this page? I was thinking maybe this one. Looks cool and has a remote

I know a little about speakers from Fishie's sticky, so I went looking on newegg! I was thinking about http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16836121121. Like I said, I want to have good quality music (meaning I can clearly hear and understand the words lol) and when I wish, have a lot of base. These were just guesses I took at good parts, so feel free to call me a n00b and reccomend anything else
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What Kind of music do you listen too?

And also do you have a budget for this upgrade?

Xfi is the way to go for Sound card but speakers depend on certain aspects - Price and Use being a few )
    
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The max is 250$. I listen to a lot of stuff.. Stuff like Jimmy Eat world, Matchbox 20, Cold play and Zeppelin, ACDC, Sum41. Pretty much all music with the exceptions of Rap and Country.
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Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102188 - $93

Logitech THX Z-5300e 280 Watts RMS 5.1 Speaker
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16836121121 - $115

I was looking for the X-Fi Xtreme Music - Cant find it anywhere

EDIT: Found it and changed link
    
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post #5 of 15
yeah get the xtreme music and a logitech system,
Which would you like 2.1, 5.1 or 7.1?
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I've seen 2.1/5.1/7.1 used a lot.. I don't know what that means. What does that mean and what are the differences?

EDIT: Ok, so after a little searching I found what it means. I really don't care as long as they can produce! lol.
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Well I have a 2.1 custom setup, I think you get the better sound with that, but if you want to hear all the ambient sounds then go for surround sound. Its really up to you, you also need to concider space which can be a limiting factor, like you see in the gallery where people have all the speakers set on the desk too close to even sound right
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Judging from your video card, I'm guessing you're not a big gamer. If that's the case and you want the best sound for music and movies, there are better choices than X-Fi card. Generally X-Fi cards are jack-of-all-trade cards that do everything well, but nothing great exceptional gaming (don't get me wrong, they are great cards).

Better alternatives would be the E-MU 1212M or ESI Juli@ strictly for sound quality. These cards are great choices for audiophiles and are superior to X-Fi cards (even the Elite Pro) in everything except gaming due to the lack of EAX.
    
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I would go for m-audio, the 7.1 revolution is a great card, it even has a dedicated headphone port so you can have a surround and h/phone plugged in at the same time
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post #10 of 15
Personally if you want the best BANG FOR BUCK the X-FI is simply for you. As I have one myself i can tell you from first han experience its a great card and the sound quality is flawless especially when paired up with a nice speaker system as show above.

There is no card out there that matches the X-FI quality wise FACT.

Apart from the X-FI featuring all hardware acclerated features such as EAX and more it also features a 24bit Crystalizer turning/Converting all audio to 24bit quality ...Great enhancement .

And due to the X-FI having its own audio CPU it will free up resources in your system namely your CPU as your CPU no longer has to process the Audio threads as much.

Also theres an Improvement in game performance but not only in sound but general as your CPU has more resources you will notice gameplay will improve.
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