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Ive looked at the specs on the ZS and X-Fi, the ZS has a 192khz sampling rate as opposed to the X-Fi's 96khz SR, so why exactly is the X-Fi better than the ZS? Ill be getting 90 dollars this week and I want to upgrade something else, Ive already updated my video card, I really dont want to get 90 dollar ram either lol, so I think it would be better for me to upgrade my sound card until I can get more money to upgrade the ram.
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heh...hehehe. get the X-Fi. it's insanely good. most audio runs at 48Khz anyway. the 24-bit Crystalizer of the X-Fi is crazy, especially if you have a good 5.1 System, which you do. that reason alone would be enough for me to buy it over a ZS. also, the 5.1 simulation that the X-Fi is capable of is so very awesome. BF2 is a completely different game with it, and wearing your normal heaphones will give you the best experience as the X-Fi will make up for it. also, as far as shear processing power, the X-Fi is way more powerful the the Audigy2 line. i can't find the article that compared the numbers directly...but anway, get the X-Fi, you will not be dissapointed in it.
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I don't know how it does it but it works wonders for the audio in your apps.
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heh...hehehe. get the X-Fi. it's insanely good. most audio runs at 48Khz anyway. the 24-bit Crystalizer of the X-Fi is crazy, especially if you have a good 5.1 System, which you do. that reason alone would be enough for me to buy it over a ZS. also, the 5.1 simulation that the X-Fi is capable of is so very awesome. BF2 is a completely different game with it, and wearing your normal heaphones will give you the best experience as the X-Fi will make up for it. also, as far as shear processing power, the X-Fi is way more powerful the the Audigy2 line. i can't find the article that compared the numbers directly...but anway, get the X-Fi, you will not be dissapointed in it.
Well, then do ya think you could help me find an X-Fi that is OEM so it will be a little cheaper on me, I dont need all those drivers and connectors or whatever comes with the card because I can just download them from creatives stie correct? 90-95 dollars would PWN, but newegg doesnt have an OEM X-fi xtrememusic....

edit: oh yeah, what does the crystalizer do exactly?
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It enhances the sounds. It makes all the sounds sound deeper and richer. For me it's hard to explain but you can definitely note the difference in sounds with it on and off.
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It is worth the extra. I went from a zs to an x-fi and even though some specs look similar, it's much better.

The link scc always posts that is pretty cheap for x-fi:

http://www.pchotline.com/index.cfm?f...Product_ID=326
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http://www.pricegrabber.com/search_g...erid=11274962/

Input your zip code and it'll find the best price for you.
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the crystalizer simulates live sound somehow or another. it will take any audio source, even the mediocre 128Kb audio rate that most songs have, and it "livens" the sound so to speak. i'm musically talented and involved with that kind of thing, so i notice subtle details, . it basically brings out the bass a little more. not boosting it persay, but it just comes through more clearly so you can hear/feel it a lot more. at the same time, it brightens the higher pitches so they do not get drowned out by the bass. this makes for great music quality, as you get nice bass AND nice mid/high end sound. after having it on for a while, once you turn it off your music just sounds friggin' flat and boring.

and actually, i would try to buy it retail. my computer was having problems with quicktime or flash, don't remember which. but for whatever reason i couldn't use the install disc. i downloaded the drivers from Creative's site, but it did not activate the full use of my card. it could have just been me missing something, but i don't think so. once i finally found what was up with my computer, i uninstalled the drivers and used the drivers from the CD along with their audio control center and what-not. then i got full use of the card. (e.g. BF2 didn't recognize that the card was an X-Fi, so it didn't let me select the ultra high quality sound until i used the CD drivers)
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Yeah 105 is the cheapest I can find too...man if they had like 99 dollars or 100, id buy it lol, I just want to make it cheaper on myself, unless I sell my card now and make like 50 dollars off of it lol.
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Yeah 105 is the cheapest I can find too...man if they had like 99 dollars or 100, id buy it lol, I just want to make it cheaper on myself, unless I sell my card now and make like 50 dollars off of it lol.

That is only 5 dollars more than 100...
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