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Would a card such as one of these "hurt" gaming though? I mean how much of a difference in sound quality is a card such as Extremegamer and that Sondigo?

Also how much of performance could i expect out of an Extreme gamer with EAX 5.0? I have an Audigy SE with software 4.0 but maybe 2-3FPS?
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I've read that the difference between a X-Fi card and a Sondigo would be quite clear. The X-Fi supports EAX 2.0,3.0,4.0, as well as 5.0 where as the Sondigo only supports 2.0. Effects such as bullets hitting a wall and such would be much better with a 5.0 card. Here's a more in-depth explanation.

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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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post #13 of 22
Well that makes the decision easy.

If you want a card that will have great gaming sounds and give gaming performance the Extremegamer. Or if you just want a media center PC with great Surround Sound, and music and theatrical quality the Sandigo
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@FaLLeNAn9eL: But didn't you just say you didn't need a good gaming card?

Either way, X-Fi is still decent for listening to music and few people will be able to hear the difference between it and something better.
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Yeah, I don't need a gaming card.
I'm ordering the Sondigo this Monday. I was just answering his question regarding the X-Fi vs Sondigo.
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post #16 of 22
Then enjoy your soundcard. I haven't personally heard the Sondigo, but I have heard the b-Inspirer and it's awesome. So if the Sondigo uses the same chipset and DACs, then it must be awesome too I guess.

But it will still give you good gaming audio if you do decide later on in the future that you want to game.
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Thanks
I'm doing a bit of snooping around before I make the buy and I came across a brand by the name of AuzenTech specifically the X-Meridian. I read about this card in another thread. How well does the Sondigo stack up against the X-Meridian?
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I'm pretty certain that the X-Meridian actually uses the same chipset and DAC as the Sondigo so sound quality should be the same in theory, but the X-Meridian has some optimizations which make it more suitable for gaming. I could totally be wrong, but I know the X-Meridian is a pretty awesome gaming card.
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I got the card installed yesterday and I was completely BLOWN AWAY. The sound quality is crystal clear! With the onboard sound, the center channel would sound really fuzzy until i muted and turned it back on. I ended up buying the Sondigo bundled with an optical cable by Belkin These (WHICH DOES NOT FIT BECAUSE OF THE PCI SLOT OF MY CASE IS TOO NARROW). I either need to somehow axe off half a cm on the top and bottom of the connector or break a pci slot of my case. I'll probably end up buying another cable, I'm using the one provided by Sondgo but it's a bit short. Thanks again guys for the help. I really appreciate it.
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I'll have to look into the Sondigo for a media computer I'm building soon.
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