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post #11 of 38
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You're welcome bro. I'm just doin' my thing.

I had that same port on my Audigy 2 ZS. I never used it, but it served as both a joystick port, and a midi port, so it might be the same thing. But as I was saying before, I don't see it on Creative's site anymore. I think I saw the XtremeMusic on there just over a week ago too! So, I guess it's phased out. I don't know.

All I know is that I'm extremely happy with the XtremeGamer 7.1, and I'm glad I didn't spend more for features I'll never use. Sure, it would be cool if it had gold plated ports, and a gold pci slot thingy, but that stuff doesn't matter to me. It's the sound quality I concern myself with, and I really did get some "Xtreme" hi-fidelity with this sound card. I really thought that was just a marketing ploy, too. Wow, was I wrong.

Anyway, I don't want to push any one card on you, but with the way I am, I would choose the XtremeGamer in this situation since the XtremeMusic is no longer on Creative's website. Well, it is, but not through www.soundblaster.com. I went to Creative.com just now to find it, and here's the link:

http://us.creative.com/products/prod...&product=14066

It says "Out of stock (restock date unavailable)." I won't make any comments as to what that means, because I have no idea.

But so you can compare them side-by-side, here's the XtremeGamer 7.1 page too:

http://us.creative.com/products/prod...&product=15853


It looks like the choice depends on what matters the most to you. But the choice was simple for me because I got a great deal on NewEgg. Well, not only that, but they weren't selling, and still aren't selling the XtremeMusic.

This guy knows his Shet! He's a god Hi Lasagnya!
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This guy knows his Shet! He's a god Hi Lasagnya!
No, I'm just another guy.

Thanks for the vote of confidence, though. You just put a smile on my face.

Hi, DeeJay! How are ya?
post #13 of 38
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Also, NEVER plug your speakers/headphones into external audio jacks, always put it in the back of the sound card, there is much less noise going straight out the back. Sound cards are already in the middle of a ton of EMI, no reason to add more noise to the line.
I missed this last time but..

I can totally understand this, however my PC sits on the floor under my desk, and convenience/effort dictates that i wont be rummaging around the I/O panel each time i want to plug in my Grados. Same goes with my front panel jacks too...

How much of a loss in quality would there be running my 'phones through the volume hub?


And also, i think i'm about to pull the trigger on an OEM Xtreme Music.. I just feel like i'm getting a better deal with the bigger board and mod-ability..

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post #14 of 38
Creative are a bunch of hacks: http://forums.creative.com/creativel...d=31341#M31341

I want a sound card that has the "3d positional gaming" stuff, similar to creative's sound card or the razer barracuda... gaming with headphones makes it hard to hear where people are coming from, and I've heard these cards change that.

Hard to find one that does it on the cheap, tho.

(EDIT)
found one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc..._-NA-_-NA-_-NA

xonar dx (instead of the dx2)... cheaper, gets some pluses in the reviews (dolby headphone, for instance)...

Might try it out.

Review: http://techreport.com/articles.x/14500

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post #15 of 38
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Ok so instead of a new thread, i'm gonna bring back this zombie...


I bought an Xtreme Music... And now i want it hooked up to my front panel of my case. Problem being, i bought an OEM x-fi, which came in an envelope with two driver disks and a sticker.

Can anyone tell me how, and what i need to be able to hook up this card to my front panels?

kthx.
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Ok so instead of a new thread, i'm gonna bring back this zombie...


I bought an Xtreme Music... And now i want it hooked up to my front panel of my case. Problem being, i bought an OEM x-fi, which came in an envelope with two driver disks and a sticker.

Can anyone tell me how, and what i need to be able to hook up this card to my front panels?

kthx.
Uh, oh. It sounds to me like you're saying there's no way to tell by just looking at the sound card, or rather, the PCB.

But if you can look, there should be set of pins that says something like "Front Panel", or some variation.

The only other thing I can think of is that I downloaded and looked at the user's manual for the XtremeMusic, and it says there's an "AUX_IN line-level analog input via 4-pin Molex connector on card."

That's all I can do.
post #17 of 38
I FOUND THE PIC I WANTED TO FIND!! WOO-HOO!!!

http://images10.newegg.com/NeweggIma...102-188-01.JPG

I hope this helps somehow.
post #18 of 38
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SPDIF = front panel? So i just do as i would with those pins as i would with my motherboard?

Now i need to re-take my case apart. Hmph.

5 Cheese: My Saviour.
post #19 of 38
No, no. I'm not any sort of Saviour. There's only One Saviour. Please be careful with that.

Anyway, SPDIF might be it. I don't know what SPDIF is. I got lucky with my sound card. Check out this pic:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ShowIm...mer+Sound+Card

As you can see, it's different from the SPDIF. It actually says Front Panel on it. But yours doesn't have that. That's frustrating.

Dah, there HAS to be a front panel connector on there somewhere. I wonder if it's in the form of that 4-pin AUX_IN connector on the side (in that plastic housing).
post #20 of 38
Argh, I can't imagine they wouldn't put a front panel connector on there of some sort. I'm determined to figure it out. lol (yeah, I have no life hehe)
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