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What a difference going from Audigy SE to X-Fi!

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I just wanted to share my experience with the community.

I was using an Audigy SE (SB0090) and I got an X-Fi Gamer (SB0730) in trade today.. I was intrigued by the fact it had its own heatsink, so I figured I'd give it a shot. I have a fairly Hi-Fi setup (Kenwood KR-7600 with 2x KLH Rave 12's). I was absolutely floored by the difference. The audigy mopped the floor with any onboard I've used, but the X-Fi made it look like AM radio (which I still listen to).

I didn't think it'd matter this much but wow, all frequency ranges are more defined, I can now hear instruments I didn't hear before with better separation.

Hopefully this knowledge will prove useful, I just wanted to share myself and my ears' experience.
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This makes me miss my Old Auzentech X-Fi Prelude and Xonar Essence STX,
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* Creatives Xfi-Ti-HD model I bought surpasses the Xonar DX I had> the SN ratio is what brings out the music more IMO> music appears out of thin air instead of a blanket background noise that doesn't define the sound as acutley.
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CMSS3D is so important to me now when I listen to music or watch movies that I find it bizarre that people still think petty "dolby" solutions go anywhere near it.

I noticed the newest Creative cards don't use the CMSS3D branding. Have they upgraded the naming?
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