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I am looking at getting a Razer Barracuda for $100 from a seller. And I am also going to get a logitech 5.1 system which will be in surround sound format. As in, my desk somewhat wraps around me, so the speakers will surround me in the typical 5.1 configuration, but no speaker will be more than 2 feet away. This should be pwnage. I game a lot, and I listen to music A LOT. Not too concerned about watching DVD's on my rig.

So.

Is the razer worth it?

How good is the sound quality? Noticably better than an audigy, or than my onboard HD sound?

Will it work well in surround sound with my 5.1 system? In games, with EAX, and for music?

I think the best thing will be bragging rights. Dunno.

Opinions wanted.

Thanks



P.S.

This are the speakers I wants
Logitech X-530 70 watts 5.1 system
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16836121126
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I belive the Razer Barracuda supports only EAX2 while X-fi does EAX5. From what I hear, X-fi is generally better (and cheaper). I got a XtremeMusic OEM for $80 from Frys.com
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For gaming, X-Fi is better. The Barracuda can potentially be the better card, but just lacks the compatibility.
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I have those speakers! They are pretty good, IMO, but the mids arent all that good, so you'll need a good sound card or use EQ to fix that, great speakers none the less
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Hmm.

I wonder why the Razer is considered so leet then.
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Originally Posted by CuriouslyHigh View Post
Hmm.

I wonder why the Razer is considered so leet then.
Cauze it says Raaaaaazzzzzzzzzzzer! Who thinks they're l33t?
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So leet? They are in terms of mouse's. How many people d'you see with Razer's over X-Fi's?
    
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Alright. Well I heard stories about x-fi's sucking unless you replace a thingie which I have no skill to do.

For good, clear, surround sound, in music and in games (EAX), and hopefully under $100, what's good?

I really want an Audigy because they're ch33p. The 7600GT of sound cards IMO. Should I get that? Do they support EAX?

I know they use software, but believe me, my rig has resources to spare. I don't think it matters.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by CuriouslyHigh View Post
Alright. Well I heard stories about x-fi's sucking unless you replace a thingie which I have no skill to do.

For good, clear, surround sound, in music and in games (EAX), and hopefully under $100, what's good?

I really want an Audigy because they're ch33p. The 7600GT of sound cards IMO. Should I get that? Do they support EAX?

I know they use software, but believe me, my rig has resources to spare. I don't think it matters.
Audigy are not as good. I believe they use EAX4 as well. In addition, Vista support for them is very weak and there is currently no ALchemy app for them.

I had already mentioned the XtremeMusic OEM is $70 (like $78 shipped).
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OK. Well then, I'm just about sold on the x-fi ... will it deliver good, clear, surround sound in gaming and music? I have a dualboot system with Vista and XP.
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