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well i have to say i bought an x-fi and now a new set of sennheiser hd201's and i cant really tell the difference between onboard and x-fi and my sansa earbuds and the new sennhesier hd's. i could never really notice the difference between cd's and 128mbps ripped songs either.

am i just not capable of hearing the difference or am i doing something wrong?
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I can't really tell very much of a difference between onboard and pci card either. Some people are just audiophiles and can pick up minuet noise in the speakers. I can notice a difference between speakers though.
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post #3 of 14
It's not as uncommon as you might think. Everybody's hearing/internal ear structure is different, and some people just can pick up on the extreme lows and highs/lower background noise that upgraded hardware offers. Personaly, I'd consider yourself lucky: You can get the inexpensive stuff and be operfectly happy, whereas some of us have to spend more and more $ for sonic perfection .
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What did you listen to? Try playing some Battlefield2142 with the X-Fi sound enabled or listen to a retail CD or DVD.
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post #5 of 14
Alright, maybe from one card to another, but if you can't hear the diffrence between a 128kbps mp3 I'd say you probably have a hearing problem (I know I do, but still can clearly distinguish an Mp3 from a CD.)
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post #6 of 14
also the soundcard takes pressure of the cpu in for example games.....(i really notice the difference) especially in dynamics (the difference between the quietest and loudest part in a song/game/movie)
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post #7 of 14
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i am plugging the earbuds and headphones into my logitech speaker headphone jack. is that ok?
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Originally Posted by Jazino View Post
i am plugging the earbuds and headphones into my logitech speaker headphone jack. is that ok?
Yeah, that's fine unless the jack is not very good. Logitech usualy has quality wired remotes, though. You shouldn't be loosing quality there.
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post #9 of 14
your headphones are then depending on the quality of the amp in the logitech speakers, try to plug it directly in the card.......edit: thats maybe why you did not hear a difference......i can hear a difference between a X-fi and the Audigy 2/4........i have them all......
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post #10 of 14
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the x-fi console doesnt seem so hard to configure but is there anything i might be missing there?
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