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So if you have been around these forums at all recently, you will have noticed me poking in and out asking questions. Well my XtremeGamer and 5500's are in the mail, on the way.

I've been reading reviews nonstop abotu both, and when it comes to 5500's, I keep reading "No optical or coaxial" in the cons area.

Somebody enlighten me. Coaxial and Optical and Digital, what does it mean when it comes to XtremeGamer and 5500's? Should I get them? Big Difference?
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Are you going to be gaming? If you are, then don't use the digital outs, just use the plain analogue outs.

If you want to hook your Z-5500 up through the digital of your card, you would need a minijack to RCA cord but you can't get 5.1 content (unless it's already encoded) through the digital out.
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I made a thread about the same topic in this forum, except I have an Xtreme Music card. The XtremeGamer and Xtreme Music are both XFI cards, so I imagine that they will have similar results as far as the audio output is. I have gotten quite a bit of useful information from the users here at OCN and here is a quote that might help you out a bit.

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Originally Posted by aaronman View Post
Since it's digital... no. Analogue is much more heavily affected by things like adapters.

What exactly will you be using your sound system for? If it's just for music and movies that's great but if you want to game, remember that there is no way to get 5.1 out of the digital connection on the X-Fi. Other cards can, but the X-Fi definitely can't.
You can check out that thread here. It helped me out a lot, and hopefully it can do the same for you.
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i own the Z - 5500 and love em they are great running on my SB X-FI Platinium and i am a audiophile as well as a gaming nut. and sound quality is amazing thunderous bass with amazing control and mid's and high's are very good nice and crisp! i think u'll love it.... Oh ya and about the 5.1 issue the guy/gal previously state wont matter Z - 5500 has its on Decoder if the X-FI wont put it out
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KK. Thanks for the answer. I am using it for gaming and also mp3 while gaming :-D. So I'll stick with analog! Just needed an answer and I got it! Love you OCN!
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remember...
read this thread to get better SQ and surround in music:
http://www.overclock.net/sound-cards...romedia-3.html
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Quote:
Originally Posted by f16-r1 View Post
i own the Z - 5500 and love em they are great running on my SB X-FI Platinium and i am a audiophile as well as a gaming nut. and sound quality is amazing thunderous bass with amazing control and mid's and high's are very good nice and crisp! i think u'll love it.... Oh ya and about the 5.1 issue the guy/gal previously state wont matter Z - 5500 has its on Decoder if the X-FI wont put it out
The Z-5500 does have dolby and DTS 5.1 encoders but that doesn't mean anything in games because the X-Fi doesn't have built-in encoders to actually make content 5.1 (only movies are output in 5.1 through digital).
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+Rep for all the help!
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