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I can get the Audigy for $29.99 or the X-fi for $59.99. I'm leaning twards the Audigy. Which would you get and why?
    
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I'd get the X-Fi if you can spring for it, just because it's newer technology. I have a ZS, and it's really nice, but the better quality and features of the X-Fi make it the winner and worth the extra money in my mind.
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I'd get the audigy just because I haven't actually noticed anything difference in listening experience. Not unless you game A TON, the new EAX definitely helps your gaming experience. Just wondering, where'd you get those prices??
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Well I'm using headphones (damn apartments), so I'm not really worried about the surround. I just want something nice that's better than this pos ASUS strapped to their board. If there isn't much difference I'll go for the cheaper.

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I'd get the audigy just because I haven't actually noticed anything difference in listening experience. Not unless you game A TON, the new EAX definitely helps your gaming experience. Just wondering, where'd you get those prices??
Refurb on ebay. That's how I buy all my Creative gear. I've never had any problems with it.
    
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post #5 of 10
$60 for an Xtreme Music is a steal. Get that, definently.
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Well I just put in my best offer on the Audigy. We'll see what happens.
    
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I'ma steal it from you on eBay Snerp! haha

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The Audigy 2 ZS is older, but it still uses the same Cirrus Logic CS4382 DAC (Digital-to-Analog Converter) that the X-Fi XtremeMusic uses. Though they use the same DAC, the primary difference in sound quality is that the Audigy resamples your music from 44.1kHz to 48kHz, which is not ideal and there's nothing you can do about it. The X-Fi doesn't have this resampling problem and offers bit-perfect playback (when Bit-Matched is enabled in Audio Creation mode) which will provide the best playback without anything changed from it's original source.

In terms of gaming, the Audigy uses the older EAX 4.0 and CMSS-3D while the X-Fi offers EAX 5.0 and an improved CMSS-3D. X-Fi also has the 24-bit Crystalizer, but that's nothing more than preset equalizer (generally speaking). If you game all the time [with headphones], then the X-Fi is a better choice.

You'll be fine with either, it just depends on if you want to spend more or not. The difference between the two cards aren't too drastic.
    
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Beautiful response Rakukojin! Rep+
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Dang. I guess I have a reason for an X-Fi since I hate things that resample my stuff! Thanks man.
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