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I was in amidst of purchasing the Z-5500's last night when I had started thinking about how I can create a digital connection to my Xtreme Music card. I then realized, or I should say remembered, that there are not any optical or coaxial ports on the backplate of the card. Sure, I could go analog and use the supplied minijacks, but if the digital option is there I cannot pass it up. And of course my Xtreme Music card did not come with the I/O expansion drive.

So that leaves me with a problem. I need to find the best solution, *hopefully* without breaking the wallet. I have done a bit of research and I noticed I could spend about 5 dollars on a coaxial minijack adapter, but I just can't believe that it will leave me with the best sounding audio. Quality of the audio is of upmost importance. I am also aware from reading around on these forums that my Xtreme Music card is not the best sound card out there, at least not for music. I also have read the guide on this forum to hotmod an XFI card, but I don't have any experience with soldering so that isn't exactly an option for me.

So what do I do, or should I do? Should I get that expansion I/O drive for my current Xtreme Music card? Or should I go ahead and just buy a new and different sound card altogether. Remember, if I'm going to be buying those Z-5500's (which I want oh so badly), I need to achieve the best sounding audio possible. The speakers, for now, would be used with my PC only, primarily for music listening. I will also be using them for gaming, but the quality of my music is much more important to me than that of gaming. Thanks, your input is appreciated!
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Well.......
depending on who you ask you get better sound through analog sources to begin with. You state that you want the best audio quality...you should stick with as much analog as possible. Granted since it is coming from a computer you are going to have a digital source but I doubt that it will be a problem.
And oh man. If you haven't bought the Z-5500's yet and you want the best audio in computer speakers (without getting an external stereo amp) then try and look for some Klipsch ProMedia Ultra 5.1's. And they only have analog input so you don't even have to worry.
They don't make them anymore but you can still find them on Amazon.


My vote? Keep your soundcard and buy the Klipsch speakers and then save up for an Auzentech sound card.
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I have heard about those Klipsch speakers. I compared them to the Z-5500's a while back and opted for Logitechs for a number of reasons. Aesthetics was a big one as well as some of the other specifications.
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I have heard about those Klipsch speakers. I compared them to the Z-5500's a while back and opted for Logitechs for a number of reasons. Aesthetics was a big one as well as some of the other specifications.
Oh. I was under the impression that sound quality was the number one goal, not aesthetics.

Which the Klipsch aren't exactly lacking in.
Oh well. To each his own.

No matter what you end up getting, as long as it sounds good to you, that's all that matters.
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Sound quality is the number one goal.
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Then what specs didn't you like about the Klipsch speakers?
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I don't remember as I said it was a while ago, and is irrelevant to the subject of this thread. For whatever reason I opted towards the Logitechs.
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your XtremeMusic does have digital coax out. It uses the mic in/digital out flexijack. You just need an adapter or a special digital coax cable to use it. It just so happens that I have a spare cable. PM me if u want it. I'll sell it cheap
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Sound Quality is your goal and you are getting an X-Fi? Get an Asus Xonar D2* or D2X** when they come out and get Logitech Z-5500's. They are better than any Klipsch 2.1/5.1/7.1 Speakers.

*D2 = PCI
**D2X = PCI Express-1x
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your XtremeMusic does have digital coax out. It uses the mic in/digital out flexijack. You just need an adapter or a special digital coax cable to use it. It just so happens that I have a spare cable. PM me if u want it. I'll sell it cheap
Will that adapter or coaxial cable affect the quality of my sound? Also, Ninja_Boy, I have had this Xtreme Music card for a while. I've had it way before I decided I want the Z-5500's.
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