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Just debating updating some older components I have and ive been out of the loop for several years. Would it be worth it to upgrade my sound blaster audigy 2 zs platinum pro? What kind of performance and quality increases can I see in upgrading to a new card? Should i just save my money and continue to use this card? Thanks and sorry if this is a retarded question.
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Just debating updating some older components I have and ive been out of the loop for several years. Would it be worth it to upgrade my sound blaster audigy 2 zs platinum pro? What kind of performance and quality increases can I see in upgrading to a new card? Should i just save my money and continue to use this card? Thanks and sorry if this is a retarded question.
I personally feel that it's very worth it. I upgraded from the Audigy 2 ZS to the X-Fi XtremeGamer, and I noticed a difference immediately.

Here are my speakers: http://www.alteclansing.com/ae/us/co...nvt/vs4121blk/

With these speakers on the Audigy 2 ZS, the sound wasn't bad. I only had two problems: the low end was kinda boomy, and the subwoofer also distorted a little too easily. I just assumed that it was the way my speakers are. I mean after all, they're not top-of-the line!

But everything changed when I upgraded to the XtremeGamer. The first thing I noticed was that the low end was no longer boomy. Instead, it was deep and thunderous. For the first time ever, I heard that same high quality deep low end that I would hear in a brand new THX-Certified movie theater. And then I noticed something else: my subwoofer was no longer distorting! I found myself watching certain movies just to hear that deep and thunderous low end!

On top of all of this, the mids and highs were noticeably better too! My audio finally had that high-end sparkle that I love so much. I mean, I'm basically feeling like I am no longer missing any frequencies! It's as though I went out and bought much better speakers.

But that's not all. I also noticed that the XtremeGamer has much more power. I had to reduce the volume, the bass, and the treble! I also had to use different EQ settings. All of this is a good thing because it means I now have much more headroom. It's kinda like getting a new stereo system that has like twice the power of the old one.

Now, this isn't my way of simply recommend the XtremeGamer and nothing else. Instead, I'm just saying that today's good sound cards really are noticeably superior - even when compared to cards like the Audigy 2 ZS!

Fortunately, there are many people here on OCN who are ready and able to recommend some very good sound cards. I predict some of the most common recommendations might be cards like the ASUS Xonar D1, the Xonar DX (PCI-E version), the Xonar DS, as well as some "aftermarket" X-Fi models made by Auzen Tech! Of course, I do also recommend taking a look at the XtremeGamer too.
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I'm in the same boat as you. Currently have the audigy 2 zs with Logitech 2.1 z623 THX speakers and it sounds amazing to me. Hard to imagine NIN sounding better. Might try the Xonar DX but I just spent 1500 on the new rig so I might have to wait awhile.
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Hey, not to steal your thread, but I have the card as well. Would you think its any better or worse than the PCI sound card with the big bang boards? Been looking for someone who have the 2 zs.
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