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Worth the ~$70 difference? Just wondering...I know the Audigy2 isn't a big difference from the SE, and the Audigy2 apparently isn't a big difference from the X-Fi XG 'cept for the X-RAM.<br><br>
Getting some fairly highend speakers, if it matters. (Z-2300)
 

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If you ask me, the jump from onboard to anything else is HUGE, but the difference between say Audigy SE or Live and Audigy 2 or X-Fi isn't that big. I went from a Live to X-Fi XtremeMusic, but the only thing that made music sound better (not THAT much better) was the software. Well, i returned that and got an Audigy 4, and still not a big difference among that, the X-Fi and the Live.<br><br>
Long story short: The only real difference is the software.<br><br>
Edit: Sorry, i didn't realize you were talking about the X-RAM cards; i can't say anything about those.
 

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A big difference...
 

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i went from Audigy 2Z to Xfi Xtreme music and i think its well worth it. The sound quality was a huge difference.<br>
Its not only me many people who upgraded to Xfi will probably agree with me also
 

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I went from onboard to Audigy SE to X-Fi XtremeGamer (non X-RAM) all within the same month and the difference was obvious thanks to my Sennheiser HD201 headphones.<br />
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I got the Audigy SE after years old onboard sound and it's very much well worth it. Sound was much cleaner and punchier, while games saw slight improvement. I liked the EAX settings for "Living Room" and the 4.1 settings for my headphones. Things sounded better in games, but there wasn't a big improvement in FPS (maybe due to a software based EAX). I had to return the Audigy SE because of a slight crackling problem and it made me realize that onboard sound is flat and boring.<br />
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I recently picked up the X-Fi XtremeGamer because it had the same specs as the XtremeMusic with a few features missing. I really like the Crystalizer because it makes dull quality sound much better and makes high quality sound slightly more noticable. Best example is the sound quality on YouTube. Uploaded videos have their sound quality reduced but with the Crystalizer on, it sounds much richer. In gaming I saw a big improvement in FPS when playing the Battlefield 2 demo, about 10 more FPS with everything on Medium (2X AA and 90% View) and crappy 512MB ram. Other games mainly saw less drops in FPS and had much higher sound quality along with more clarity. The only thing I didn't like was that 4.1 speaker settings didn't work with my headphones the way it did with the Audigy SE.<br />
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A month ago I wouldn't have seen myself spending $100 on a sound card but these sound cards caused me to become an audiophile. You may not notice the difference at the beginning but you won't want to go back to onboard after it. In my opinion X-Fi cards are well worth it if you have good speakers or headphones.
 

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The drivers and software you get with X-Fi are leeps and bounds beyond audigy. If youre not an audiophile, really dont listen to a lot of music or care about in-game audio, then I wouldn't worry about it so much. Otherwise nothing beats X-Fi. Plus many games nowadays rely on X-Fi drivers to get the full experience.
 

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Jeez The difference in sound quality between the XF-I and Audigy 2...IS MASSIVE IMO. I noticed straight away how much clearer the sound was and in games its excellent as game sounds improve so much along with the XF-I hardware accelerated features it makes it the best Sound card there is currently.
 

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I might go with XFi also based on these positive responses. Which should I get for gaming? The XtremeGamer one? What's the difference between them? Their site confuses me lol
 

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The XtremeGamer is a good choice for gaming because it has EAX 5.0 and you can play games at the highest audio settings. The specs are top notch and exactly the same as the XtremeMusic except a few software and connection differences (as far as I can tell).<br />
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X-Fi + Headphones FTW <img src="/images/smilies/thumb.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Thumb" class="inlineimg" />
 
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