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ilusha55
2006-01-06T19:04:30Z
Hi!
I am planning on upgrading my old SB Live Value and I would like to ask you guys experts

1. If you notice any difference in sound and features when comparing to SB Audigy 2 ZS or any sound card from Audigy line? It might sound simplistic but I will only upgrade if the difference in sound is noticeable.

2. I am using Sennheiser HD 555 headphones all the way so all the 7.1 talk is no point for me - what sound card would you recommend as a better solution for headphones use ONLY? Do I keep my sound card or upgrade. Thanks!
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2006-01-06T19:08:28Z
if it aint broke dont fix it
ilusha55
2006-01-06T19:12:05Z
I am an audiophile so you understand my concern...
PyroFire
2006-01-06T19:17:04Z
Depdent on budget id recommend an audigy 4/pro or ZS its all budget constrainted. You can pickup an audigy 4 oem cheap as chips now
ilusha55
2006-01-06T19:26:40Z
What about any difference with SB live? Did you notice any progress in terms of functionnality or sound quality? i am going to be using Hi fi stereo headphones from hi entry level.
PyroFire
2006-01-06T19:42:21Z
Well anything in the audio range will be a significant from that old thing. I would recommend an audigy 4 oem (very cheap) and good value for money otherwise an audigy zs 2 or an xtreme music if you have the money to splash out, the hardware differences between audigy 2 and 4 are pratically nothing. You will hear a big increase in sound if you went for the xtreme music, same applies for the audigy just not as large gain
kid007
2006-01-06T19:56:51Z
dude i still got my SB! live and that sound card still rocks, i have tested the audigy one and for me sucks, the quality of sound is not the same, at all i haven't got to test the others but the first audigy are based on the opinion i just wrote.
ilusha55
2006-01-06T20:49:18Z
See people, I heard a lot of sayings that Audigy sound cards are excellent and they support EAX, mutliple channels but for the audio quality (one thing IMHO that really matters) nobody says a word. Could you drop some link where the comparaison between old and new generations (SB live, Audigy, XI fi) are made?
Edward The Less
2006-01-06T21:38:06Z
I just went from an orginal Audigy to an X-fi XtreameMusic card and have noticed a very good improvement. I am very happy with the sound quality. I whould give the X-fi XtreameMusic a 94%

I have only heard good things from magazines and internet review sites for the X-fi class cards.
InfinityzeN
2006-01-06T21:41:27Z
Go with an X-fi card, but don't bother with the ones with X-Ram since there is nothing that takes advantage of them right now.
PyroFire
2006-01-06T22:05:09Z
Maybe he wants to be future proof
ilusha55
2006-01-06T22:27:30Z
I assume that when going for "Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Music" the audio quality is better. Could you post some link where it says "better" in the review or test. I know there are 10 million transistors on the card but isn't a marketing step and nothing more?

Please quote because I can't really take your word and go buy it right away.
Elsparrow
2006-01-07T04:40:43Z
quote:

Originally posted by: Edward The Less
I just went from an orginal Audigy to an X-fi XtreameMusic card and have noticed a very good improvement. I am very happy with the sound quality. I whould give the X-fi XtreameMusic a 94%

I have only heard good things from magazines and internet review sites for the X-fi class cards.


Think this user just stated it was better in certain words...
The_Steel
2006-01-07T07:13:05Z
Good info on the X-fi EP here. Seems like nothing comes close to it.
PyroFire
2006-01-07T08:28:38Z
the sennheiser are some pretty good headphones, they would excel with anything audigy4 + but you will really see the difference with an x-fi. Just check on www.xtremesystems.com  forums and some of the results the people are having
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