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post #11 of 22
Yeah, I'm having the same problem. I can/will get either a X-Fi ExtremeMusic for $110 or a Audigy 2 ZS Gamer (w/5 games) for $70. Everyone says the X-Fi sounds a lot better, but is it worth the extra 40 bucks and 5 games (I only have one of them and I can sell that to my friend.)
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well i picked up a X-Fi xtreme platinum... ill let you know if its worth it... Thats why i bought it locally from a major retailer because of 30day money back good testing strategy, if i like it, ill get my money back and buy it online... doesnt really help because i paid 169 for it and newegg is 180+
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Yeah, but I'm poor enough as it is, the only X-Fi I'll be affording for a while is the XtremeMusic. And btw the xtreme platinum is an extrememusic with the input in the 5.25 bay.
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I really wish you could buy the front bays seperately! I bought an audigy 2 zs gamer last year, but my case had front audio ports so I didn't think i needed to spend the extra money... now my case doesn't have audio ports so when I play css I have to reach around back to plug my headphone/microphone in... gah! it's soo frustrating.

I do have an idea though. someone with a sb card that has a front panel would have to answer this. is it possible to order from sb a repalcement part for your card? and if so can you order a front bay drive that way? That might be a way to bypass the system.
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Originally Posted by nightdagger
Yeah, but I'm poor enough as it is, the only X-Fi I'll be affording for a while is the XtremeMusic. And btw the xtreme platinum is an extrememusic with the input in the 5.25 bay.
I'm quite aware of that. There are certain difference which are quite important to me. The XtremeMusic doesnt offer any sorts of digital out at all.

And as noted before the board also has some different parts.... from what i can see, they seem to caps for the power supply as the card draws its power from the front panel. So adding a front face later may not be a possibility.

sound is Clean and crisp. But for my HD580... A little too soft for my taste. I'm not going to use the EQ to adjust it...like my sound flat. Just not loud enough for me when using head phones.... I listen to all sorts of music and some is quite soft and it just doesnt cut it for me even at max volume.....
that was easily solved . I just put together a headphone amp using the burrbrown opamps. I set it to about 4db gain and voila... MUCH BETTER.
It improved the sound quality tremendously..everything is just more vivid.
Schematics can be found here http://headwize.com/projects/showfil...=cmoy2_prj.htm

This card needs a headphone amp (i think any card would) to really bring the headphones alive.

I'd do some more testing in a bit and see what else this thing can do
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Quote:
Originally Posted by n19htmare
I'm quite aware of that. There are certain difference which are quite important to me. The XtremeMusic doesnt offer any sorts of digital out at all.

And as noted before the board also has some different parts.... from what i can see, they seem to caps for the power supply as the card draws its power from the front panel. So adding a front face later may not be a possibility.

sound is Clean and crisp. But for my HD580... A little too soft for my taste. I'm not going to use the EQ to adjust it...like my sound flat. Just not loud enough for me when using head phones.... I listen to all sorts of music and some is quite soft and it just doesnt cut it for me even at max volume.....
that was easily solved . I just put together a headphone amp using the burrbrown opamps. I set it to about 4db gain and voila... MUCH BETTER.
It improved the sound quality tremendously..everything is just more vivid.
Schematics can be found here http://headwize.com/projects/showfil...=cmoy2_prj.htm

This card needs a headphone amp (i think any card would) to really bring the headphones alive.

I'd do some more testing in a bit and see what else this thing can do
The top jack can be configured to be either Digital input or digital output. All you need to do is buy a 1/8" heaphone to rca adapter to use the digital output on the Extreme Music. For $25 you can even convert that into optical for use with a digital receiver with only an optical input.
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Originally Posted by sccr64472
The top jack can be configured to be either Digital input or digital output. All you need to do is buy a 1/8" heaphone to rca adapter to use the digital output on the Extreme Music. For $25 you can even convert that into optical for use with a digital receiver with only an optical input.

I've built a module to convert SPDIF to Optical. So thats not an issue. I'm still trying out the card and its not bad so far.
I'm probably going to try M-Audio or an e-mu card too and see how they all compare.
Thanks for the info on the digital out/ on extrememusic
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post #18 of 22
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as sccr said.. you can use the top port as a digital out with a 3.5mm to rca jack cable....Good. BUT im still disappointed and I may be doing something not right...

I need a pure transport. I don't want my music processed by the X-fi but It seems like thats not the option with Coax digital out. YOu can still contro volume and effects.
With pure transport...thats exactly what it is..just pure digital signal straight from the source to where you're sending it (HT receiver in my case).

This is sorta an issue to me since i dont want my sound processed twice... anyone know how to get pure transport here?

I would try digital optical but I dont have a long enough optical cable unless i pull it out of my car which i'm not willing to do.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by n19htmare
as sccr said.. you can use the top port as a digital out with a 3.5mm to rca jack cable....Good. BUT im still disappointed and I may be doing something not right...

I need a pure transport. I don't want my music processed by the X-fi but It seems like thats not the option with Coax digital out. YOu can still contro volume and effects.
With pure transport...thats exactly what it is..just pure digital signal straight from the source to where you're sending it (HT receiver in my case).

This is sorta an issue to me since i dont want my sound processed twice... anyone know how to get pure transport here?

I would try digital optical but I dont have a long enough optical cable unless i pull it out of my car which i'm not willing to do.
Look in your audio control panel and you can select whether or not the X-Fi processes the sound or not. I'll upload a pic in a sec if you can't find it. Let me know....
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Here ya go....
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