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I have decided I am buying a sound card. I need to know which one will work best with my system. I am also going to buy a Logitech Z-5300 or Z-5500 later this year. I do some gaming but a lot of watching movies. Want a good one but cheapest possible. I have heard the Audigy's are good but the X-Fi's are better. I want to know if it is worth the extra money and will I hear a difference.
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post #2 of 13
You'll hear the difference depending on what you put it through, so the speakers matter too. All I'd do is make shure that there's the right connectors for a decent sound system.
here steps 4 + 5 seem quite usefull.
This might be usefull too link
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HT Omega

show me reviews like that for a SoundBlaster and i'll choke.
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post #4 of 13
Go with the Z5500'S first off all. The speaker cones are made of aluminium and the sub is really rich. If you have to choose a soundcard definitely go with the X-Fi. with that combination you will heard the difference. And you said you watch movies, and same here, trust me, when it gets loud the speakers wont muffle, and the crystalizer picks up on those subtle sounds and cleans up the compression a little. Hope I helped.
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post #5 of 13
PM soloz2 and get on his waiting list for modded X-FIs. They outperform the omega and you get full EAX support, which the Omega does not include.

http://www.overclock.net/sound-cards...ll-void-5.html
post #6 of 13
I would say the Bluegears b-Enspirer. I love mine, and has betetr stats than the cheaper X-Fi cards. However, I hear those modded X-FIs are SICK, so they're an option, too, if you don't mind voiding the warranty.
    
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post #7 of 13
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HT Omega

show me reviews like that for a SoundBlaster and i'll choke.
Don't buy anything that doesn't list the signal to noise ratio (SNR)...like that HT Omega. Look for a SNR in the 100's.
If you're going to get the Z-5500's (although I believe there are better computer speakers out there), take advantage of the optical line in.
I agree with pow3rtr1p with the Bluegears...very good for the price. You can't mess with 192KHz sample rate and 110 SNR.
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post #8 of 13
get a sound card that has a DSP (digital signal processor). if you are a gamer this will help becasue a dsp does work that your cpu would normally do, thus giving you better frame rates.
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post #9 of 13
The X-FI isnt the best soundcard out there. However when it comes to compatibility with software and games it cant be beaten and its a very nice card.
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Is the razer barracuda better than the xtremegamer? The xtremegamer is $91-$30 rebate at newegg. and the barracuda is being sold for $100 on OCN. which one is better?
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