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post #21 of 29
If only I could: a. Find an X-fi Xtreme Music. b. Find it very cheap.
Because then you can mod the card for better sound quality, too.

Otherwise I'm staying on onboard.
post #22 of 29
SoundBlaster sucks. you guys need to stop being sheep and buying a card just because it's the most popular.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829271001

there are alternatives out there.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by MrBungle View Post
SoundBlaster sucks. you guys need to stop being sheep and buying a card just because it's the most popular.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829271001

there are alternatives out there.
I'm curious to find out how the new ASUS card turns out. The one you linked looks pretty good but how are the drivers for gaming?

Also, did you try xfi? My extreme music pwns over my 2zs, I mean kicks its' but!

EDIT: You can't beat the performance gain of adding a sound card, imho.
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X-fi...... its processor creates 360 degree sound. if you close your eyes and just listen you can tell exactly where things are around you..... behind to the left a little. etc in front to right.. etc
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post #25 of 29
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What's so bad with the XtremeGamer? At the time that I bought it, the card was getting all the attention from audio nuts for the price.
AFAIK, that card uses different opamp, different DAC, or maybe different caps too... not so sure about that, but the point is, we're all want X-fi because of the capability of producing sound quality which is great is every aspects, that is the truth.
but since not all the ppl can afford Xtreme music (which i thought to be the basic model of X-fi), suddenly they got an idea of splitting the benefits from X-fi Xtreme Music into 2 different models, 1 is good at gaming, and the other one is good at audio. that way, they can reduce the cost of the card by taking away the unneeded part for each card.

since Xtreme Audio supposed to be good at music and anything else at average, they didn't feel it was necessary to put good parts and a few of features for gaming, and etc.

work the otherway around with Xtreme Gamer (not the Fatal1ty one ofcoz)

you dig?

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Originally Posted by dualhYbrid View Post
X-fi...... its processor creates 360 degree sound. if you close your eyes and just listen you can tell exactly where things are around you..... behind to the left a little. etc in front to right.. etc
we call that "soundstaging"
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post #26 of 29
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Originally Posted by MrBungle View Post
SoundBlaster sucks. you guys need to stop being sheep and buying a card just because it's the most popular.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829271001

there are alternatives out there.
mr.Bungle, i seriously recommend u to try X-fi... YES the audigy series is not a very good card, i agree to that! but X-fi is a good all-rounder especially in gaming.

i did some research on ASUS xonar already, and i didn't like it that much(i just don't like the idea of using solid caps in soundcards... dunno why). it's quite an impressive card indeed, but i'd stick to my X-fi, since my modded X-fi sounds better. and it costs more than Xtreme Music

don't get me wrong, basically this card performs better than stock X-fi, and it has complete audio jacks for every type of connections, most of all, it has LM4562 opamp installed on stock!

but for those who have the budget and still planning to buy a soundcard, i recommend u buy X-fi(for now and mod it later) or Auzentech Prelude(uses plenty o solid caps, which i don't like. but hey, the X-meridian sounds better than modded X-fi, so i thought i might be okay).

details about xonar
link to VR-Zone Review: http://www.vr-zone.com/?i=5082
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Originally Posted by DJ.BigBear View Post
mr.Bungle, i seriously recommend u to try X-fi... YES the audigy series is not a very good card, i agree to that! but X-fi is a good all-rounder especially in gaming.

i did some research on ASUS xonar already, and to tell u the truth i didn't like it tthat much.

i can post u the details about xonar
Very interested in your results.
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post #28 of 29
i'm still pissed that i can't hook my front headphone and mic jack up to my SoundBlaster. i'll never buy another one again.

and those HT Omegas do have EAX2 capability for 3D sound.
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post #29 of 29
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i'm still pissed that i can't hook my front headphone and mic jack up to my SoundBlaster. i'll never buy another one again.

and those HT Omegas do have EAX2 capability for 3D sound.
dear mr bungle, u didn't have to be that pissed off, there are many ways to hook your headphone and mic up to your SoundBlaster.
can i ask you the detail of the problem?

btw, OpenAL combined with EAX AdvancedHD is pretty darn amazing to my ears tho
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