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Since it's getting hot, I sometimes can't use my computer in my room (got up to 95 the other day inside my room O.o). I also realized I don't really change my xi-fi to gaming mode, so I'm loosing that feature too. If I go USB, I should be able to use the sound on both my laptop and PC.

What USB sound card (or should I say solution) would offer comparable sound to my xi-fi? It doesn't have to be super portable, as long as it isn't like a receiver with a USB dongle lol.
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Since it's getting hot, I sometimes can't use my computer in my room (got up to 95 the other day inside my room O.o). I also realized I don't really change my xi-fi to gaming mode, so I'm loosing that feature too. If I go USB, I should be able to use the sound on both my laptop and PC.

What USB sound card (or should I say solution) would offer comparable sound to my xi-fi? It doesn't have to be super portable, as long as it isn't like a receiver with a USB dongle lol.
That is really freakin hot.

Oh and they dont make USB sound cards that are "comparable" to X-Fi.
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That is really freakin hot.

Oh and they dont make USB sound cards that are "comparable" to X-Fi.
I would beg to differ, sir.

Crazy, you've got a ton of options. The majority of them are not traditional consumer sound cards, but rather professional audio interfaces or standalone DAC's. An excellent unit that comes to mind is the E-Mu 0404, which will considerably best the sound quality of your X-Fi. Also check out the Alien DAC (it's a kit, but you can buy them assembled or pay someone to build one for you), the E-Mu 0202, and the M-Audio Transit are just a few other of the many good products for not too much cash.
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0404 USB and Keces 151 would be my first choices.
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Originally Posted by Chipp View Post
I would beg to differ, sir.

Crazy, you've got a ton of options. The majority of them are not traditional consumer sound cards, but rather professional audio interfaces or standalone DAC's. An excellent unit that comes to mind is the E-Mu 0404, which will considerably best the sound quality of your X-Fi. Also check out the Alien DAC (it's a kit, but you can buy them assembled or pay someone to build one for you), the E-Mu 0202, and the M-Audio Transit are just a few other of the many good products for not too much cash.
Yeah there does seem to be a lot, that's why I had to ask .

I'll look them over, the 0404 looks pretty nice at first glance.
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yeah a Fry's in my area had an 0404 open box on discount yesterday, I was soooo tempted...
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How is the 0202 compared to the 0404? I won't be needing any of the input features, so would I really be getting anything for the extra $70?
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How is the 0202 compared to the 0404? I won't be needing any of the input features, so would I really be getting anything for the extra $70?
http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f46/em...mpared-301835/
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