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Alright I don't know if this may sound weird or not, but I have been a little bit dissatisfied with my ExtremeMusic. At first when I switch from Onboard I was like WOW this thing is amazing. But after having it for the last 6 month I can't tell much of a difference and wonder where the "Wow this thing is amazing" sound went to. I had to use onboard for a couple weeks and switch back to this card and didn't feel all that impressed. Is there maybe something that I am missing? Is there maybe some uber 1337 settings that you should set your X-Fi to so it performs at its best? I don't know to much about sound cards in the first place. Also the crystalizer also doesn't really crystalize my music all that much. At least I can't hear it. Any help is appreciated. I do use 5.1 Speakers from logitech Z-5300 I believe.

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Hmmm, did you install all of the drivers? lol

Other than that, listen to it on studio monitors (expensive, I know, but best sound) and then say you don't hear the difference.
    
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The best way to listen to music is without any extra settings modifying it's original sound (Crystalizer, CMSS-3D, EAX, etc.). Listening to your songs in Audio Creation mode with Bit-Matched enabled is the X-Fi at it's full potential in terms of hardware. Everything else is just software fluff.
    
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The best way to listen to music is without any extra settings modifying it's original sound (Crystalizer, CMSS-3D, EAX, etc.). Listening to your songs in Audio Creation mode with Bit-Matched enabled is the X-Fi at it's full potential in terms of hardware. Everything else is just software fluff.
I have to say that really helped for music. Sounds a lot "cleaner". Also seeing that you are a audiophile. Do you know the best settings for "gaming" I do game most of the time and have no problems switching it back to audio creation mode after I am done playing.
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Unfortunately I don't have an X-Fi anymore so I don't remember all the settings available but basically the more settings you use, the more distorted your sound will be. The only things you should really be using is the CMSS-3D (for headphones) and EAX. Don't use other things like the Crystalizer, Bass Boost, etc.

Edit: Noticed you use speakers.
    
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Ya, MP3 is a compression to make the music smaller, but it still loses some sound quality in the process.

Have you played BF2 with all of the sounds settings at max? Apparently that's supposed to sound great.
    
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BF2 is pretty good with the sound at max, and EAX enabled.
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With doing bit matched do you need a dedicated amp? I run my sound to a A/V reciever thru a Digi Coax out with all the crap turned off in entertainment mode.

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With bit-matched enabled, however your music is encoded is what you get. So all effects will no longer work and you can't change the volume (some media players like foobar2000 still can, but you shouldn't) because that will ruin your bit-perfect signal. So it ultimately depends on your components whether or not they can be driven without an amp, but I'm guessing you won't need an amp.

Also, you should be using a media player that supports ASIO or Kernel Streaming like foobar2000 or Winamp. Media players like iTunes and Windows Media Player don't have this feature so your music will have to go through Window's KMixer (so no bit-perfect). If you are using something like foobar2000, you still have to configure to use ASIO or Kernel Streaming and then you'll be set.

Just try it out and see
    
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If you are using something like foobar2000, you still have to configure to use ASIO or Kernel Streaming and then you'll be set.
What do you mean by this?
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