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I am writing from school now, but:

I'm not really interested in any of the creative cards anymore. I was at first but read up on them and heard the problems with them and such. But anyways, I'm set on sticking with either the b-Enspirer or the X-Meridian.

Can anybody tell me the advatages or dis-advatages the two cards have over one another in gaming?

Thanks.
Both of them are limited to EAX 2.0 decoding only. All higher versions (3.0,4.0,5.0) are simply ignored and unable to be decoded. Take another look at X-Fi or here's some more of what you're missing out on...

""The latest version of EAX supports up to 128 simultaneous voices (sounds) giving developers a lot of space for detailed sound effects. Theoreticaly you are now able to hear an impressive amount of 128 bullets hitting a wall at the exact same moment which is quiet a lot.

One of the new features in EAX5.0 is EAX Voice. When using a microphone in a game your voice will be applied to your player model and it's position. All enviromental effects apply and your friends will hear you like you would be inside the game.

Another feature is EAX PurePath. Previous generations of EAX already had support for multi-speaker setups. Depending on the position of a sound in the game it would be played by a certain speaker or speakers. But, before EAX5.0 a developer was not able to tell the sound card to play a sound in an exact speaker. This is very useful when it comes to bass in a game. Now a developer can feed your subwoofer with the sounds it is supposed to play rather than all low frequency sounds in a scene. This technique is being used in movies that use Dolby Digital or DTS for years now.

Another feature in EAX5.0 is Environment FlexiFX. It gives game developers the possibility to use all 4 fully flexible hardware effect slots. This means soon we will hear a bigger variarity of effects in games simultainlously.

With EAX MacroFX sounds that are close to you can be very accurately recreated. Someone whispering to your ear, a bullet flying a couple inch by your head, etc. A game developer has the possibility to make all those sounds far more realistic than ever before.

Environment Occlusion as the name suggests adds enviromental effects to sounds which are located behind a solid object. In previous generations when someone was shooting behind a window you would hear the sound like it's behind glass but it would sound the same if the shooter was in a great hall or in open space. Now, you will be able to distinguish in what space the shooter stands."
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So which Creative SC would you suggest? I'm still intriged by the other two cards though. Are there any articles I should read that you suggest for the creative sound card, so I can get some more info on it.

Also would I be ok with logitech speakers for any of these soundcards, no matter which one I go with, or if I go creative would I need a creative speaker?
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So which Creative SC would you suggest? I'm still intriged by the other two cards though. Are there any articles I should read that you suggest for the creative sound card, so I can get some more info on it.

Also would I be ok with logitech speakers for any of these soundcards, no matter which one I go with, or if I go creative would I need a creative speaker?
It comes down to which is more important to you....gaming or listening to music. The X-Fi is hands down the best gaming sound card on the market, but there are better for pure music listening. You're gonna have to make that choice first before we can help you decide on a final product. If it were me, I'd get the best of both worlds by modding an older X-Fi (XtremeMusic). That would be the perfect solution for you
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This would be for gaming. Also, I've been hearing stuff on the fourms that x-fi doesn't support alot of games. Is this true and should I worry much about it?

Thanks.
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This would be for gaming.
http://cgi.ebay.com/New-Creative-Sou...QQcmdZViewItem

Edit: The X-Fi is supported by all games. I think you're misunderstanding what you read. I'm guessing you were reading about XRAM. The X-Fi is hands down the best gaming sound card on the market.
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What about the XtremeGamer SC. Would I be ok getting this instead of the XtreamMusic, cus I heard the XtreameGamer is the way to go if your getting a creative card and going the gaming route.

P.S. sccr64472 I know this thread may seem neverending to you, but I wanna make sure I'm happy with the soundcard I'm getting and I'm a total noob when it comes to soundcards, but I do thank you for your help and guidence.
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Xtremegamer and Xtrememusic are pretty much the same card, so yeah I'd go with that.
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What about the XtremeGamer SC. Would I be ok getting this instead of the XtreamMusic, cus I heard the XtreameGamer is the way to go if your getting a creative card and going the gaming route.

P.S. sccr64472 I know this thread may seem neverending to you, but I wanna make sure I'm happy with the soundcard I'm getting and I'm a total noob when it comes to soundcards, but I do thank you for your help and guidence.
If you're able to find the XtremeMusic, it's a better card for 2 reasons. First, it leaves the option of being modded if you decide you want to have a big leap in sound quality. Secondly, it was made using higher quality components. They no longer make it and are now making the cards much smaller and with cheaper components. Don't let the naming fool you, the XtremeGamer offers zero that the XtremeMusic doesn't for gaming
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If you're able to find the XtremeMusic, it's a better card for 2 reasons. First, it leaves the option of being modded if you decide you want to have a big leap in sound quality. Secondly, it was made using higher quality components. They no longer make it and are now making the cards much smaller and with cheaper components. Don't let the naming fool you, the XtremeGamer offers zero that the XtremeMusic doesn't for gaming
Cheaper components? Yeah - it doesn't have a gold bracket
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Cheaper components? Yeah - it doesn't have a gold bracket
Look closer at the card
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