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I found an Audigy 4 card with twice the Sample Rate of the X-Fi cards, and the card is only $50. Is there something I'm missing? I already have some good headphones (Sony dynamic stereo MDR-7505) and good speakers (Creative I-Trigue 3220s) and I plan on at least asking for a 5.1 Headset w/ Mic for Christmas.<br />
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So an Audigy 4 with a sample rate of 192 KHz vs an X-Fi with 96 KHz that costs twice as much, which would sound better, and more importantly, which is the better value?<br />
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the Audigy 4 has upgraded DACs but the x-fi has a new, updated and better processor. I use an external DAC with my x-fi
 
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DAC? Which would be a better card to own?
 

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I do wonder why soloz2 made that post. I have no clue what he was talking about. I dont get how the sound quality could possibly be worth doubling the price.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I do wonder why soloz2 made that post. I have no clue what he was talking about. I dont get how the sound quality could possibly be worth doubling the price.</div>
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DAC= Digital to Analog converter.<br><br>
The X-Fi series are far superior IMO.<br><br>
Go for the X-Fi, especially for gaming.
 

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For value the Audigy 4 is the better choice. You probably wouldn't notice the difference in sound quality even if you were listening to both of them back and forth. Get the Audigy 4. Also the Audigy 4 supports EAX.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">For value the Audigy 4 is the better choice. You probably wouldn't notice the difference in sound quality even if you were listening to both of them back and forth. Get the Audigy 4. Also the Audigy 4 supports EAX.</div>
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So does the Audigy2 series. The X-Fi, as stated before, has a better on-board processor which equals better fps while gaming.<br><br>
If you can spare the extra cash go for the X-Fi.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">For value the Audigy 4 is the better choice. You probably wouldn't notice the difference in sound quality even if you were listening to both of them back and forth. Get the Audigy 4. Also the Audigy 4 supports EAX.</div>
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Having compared my brother's sytem with an Audigy and then my own X-Fi Plat, there is a difference, albeit a small one. The X-Fi drivers are far superior to Audigy IMO - bottomline. If you want the best audio you can get, get X-Fi. If it's not crucial to you, Audigy will do just fine.
 

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Like I said the Audigy is the better value. The X-Fi will have slightly better sound quality and the difference in FPS between the two cards is so small its not even worth mentioning we are talking about fractions of a frame per second. So for half the price the Audigy 4 is definately the way to go.
 

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If youre looking for performance/price, go with the Audigy 4. If you want the absolute best sound quality go for the X-Fi. Mine sounds much better than my onboard, especially after tweaking the settings.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">So an Audigy 4 with a sample rate of 192 KHz vs an X-Fi with 96 KHz that costs twice as much, which would sound better, and more importantly, which is the better value?</div>
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CD audio is recorded at 44.1 kHz and you should try to avoid resampling music as it will lower the sound quality, so having a sample rate of 96 kHz and 192 kHz will not improve your music. And I believe the Audigy 4 will automatically upsample songs to 48 kHz, which reduces the quality. The X-Fi cards have a much better resampling algorithm.<br><br>
Audigy 4 is still a great card for it's price, but the X-Fi series is definitely superior for many reasons (except for the XtremeAudio).
 

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(Sorry for a possible hijack of the thread, but it's on the same topic)<br />
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Would it be a good idea to go for an Audigy 4 SE rather than an X-Fi and using the difference in price to get better headphones/headset??<br />
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I'm thinking of doing that.
 

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It's pretty pointless to spend a ton of cash on an X-Fi card if you have crappy speakers/headphones as you won't get the full sound of the card. Likewise, it's not a good idea to get expensive speakers/headphones without a decent card. The goal is to find a balance between the sound card and speakers/headphones within your budget. It's a good idea to go for an Audigy 4 and getting decent speakers/headphones with the budget difference.
 

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I love my Audigy 4. The difference between my Audigy 4 and my X-Fi XtremeMusic was that my Audigy 4 worked.
 

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I'm thinking of getting X-Fi Xtreme Music and getting HD595's afterwards... like at Christmas or something
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm thinking of getting X-Fi Xtreme Music and getting HD595's afterwards... like at Christmas or something</div>
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good combo
 
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