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XFI Xtreme Audio vs. Audigy 2 ZS vs. Audigy 4

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Which one would provide the best sound in Vista? I can get all of them for the same price.

I will also take suggestions on a card in the 30-45 dollar price range.
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2 Zs
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I revised it with another sound card I just found. Help me out, audiophiles!
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I don't have personal experience with any of those cards, but I haven't heard any good things about the Xtreme Audio... ever. I would recommend one of the Audigy's, but I don't know which would be better.
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post #5 of 8
Definately don't get the Extreme Crap I mean Audio.
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post #6 of 8
I like my ExtremeAudio. It does everything I want it to with perfect music clarity

I upgraded from an Audigy 2 as well
post #7 of 8
I wouldnt recomend the xtreme audio unless you need the optical port. The reson i got the audio is because I was on a tight budget and needed optical for my reciever. If you use 3.5mm the 2ZS will probably have the best quality.
    
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Xtreme Audio is slightly better than the Audigy 2(Music playback and game play) But for movies the Audigy 2 Prevails(Well according to my ears!) Technical reason=Audigy 2 has hardware Dolby decoding(ZS has DTS as well).....The Xtreme Audio uses the system host to process all the audio!.......But still Xtreme Audio prevails over the Audigy 2 when listening to music!

As for Audigy 4....I dont know as i have not tested Audigy 4 with a Xtreme Audio........

If you want some load taken off the CPU take the Audigy 2....Or if want slightly better quality in your music get the Xtreme Audio!
    
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