Originally Posted by Chipp
The card does not use the same drivers as the rest of the line, does not have the X-Fi chip (easy to confirm by looking at the cards). See the below picture comparing an Audigy SE / LS and Xtreme Audio. Drivers between the Sound Blaster Live!, Audigy SE, Audigy LS and Xtreme Audio are all interchangeable.
Different badge, same card.
EDIT: Whoops, kpo posted the same link I referenced.
I had a major connectivity issue for the past hour and a half. I was going to edit my message to say "I realize that it's to get more money, but still... that's just wrong.
Anyway... onward to what ELSE I was going to add.
Originally Posted by BabyHerc
What's wrong with the Extreme Audio?
My main priority is having my music sound crisp and clear. In-game sound is secondary to me. Would I be better off with better quality speakers and a lesser card (such as my current card) or a higher performance sound card with my current crappy speakers (Logitech X-140)? Obviously, the goal in the end is to have high quality speakers AND sound card, but I can only afford one right now.
Hmm. After looking at those speakers, I'd say that they might be good enough that you can upgrade the sound card first. If you can possibly find an Audigy 2 ZS, then by all means, buy it. I'd sell you mine, but I need to test it in my upcoming rig before I deem it worthy to be sold. But I won't be ready to build the system until after April 1st rolls around. And if it's worthy to be sold, then I will definitely sell it to you (but I probably won't be able to sell it until like the first weekend in April). There's only one catch: It is strictly OEM. I do have the original CD, and I will have an anti-static bag. The CD will even be in one of those quality slim cd cases, instead of the paper sleeve. I hate those sleeves.
I think I could sell all of it to you for $15! Can you wait that long? The CD includes software such as the 7-Band Graphic EQ that I love using as well as their bass boost (which, using horizontal sliders, allows me to pick a frequency, and boost it as high as I please, up to 100%. But I find 30% to be perfect, and I LOVE low-end. I'm always accused of having the bass turned up too high).
Here's the product page on NewEgg
(but it's "Deactivated"). This is exactly what you'd be getting. The pictures even show the same exact card I have. That's exactly how my card looks. I may still even have the Joystick/MIDI Bracket, because I'm not one to throw those things away.
But if you're like me and you prefer the Retail versions of products, then I strongly recommend that Audigy SE at NewEgg for $29.99
. But of course, try to find it cheaper at Google Shopping. Just watch out for those seller ratings.
In the end, I hope you get something that's perfect for you!