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I am a big sound quality nut and i am wondering if my sound card below is suiting me just fine or should i buy like an Xi-Fi series? Is there a difference? If so, what? Any pro's Cons?
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X-Fi is apparently better, though I've never heard any side by side comparisons. The X-Fi gives amazing performance (again, from what I've read) in BF2, and gives high quality sound all the time. However, not sure if it's worth the $100+ upgrade over an Audigy 2...
    
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If you're into high quality sound, then you can do much better than your current Audigy 2 or an X-Fi card. My most often recommended card for someone wanting sound quality and gaming support on the cheap is the M-Audio Revolution 5.1 (not 7.1) sound card. It features the same high end DAC as professional cards like the ESI Juli@ and M-Audio Audiophile 192, yet it supports EAX 2.0 for gaming. A more expensive choice would be the Bluegears b-Enspirer which beats X-Fi hands down.
    
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