Audigy4 or Extreme Fidility? 28 replies

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Dr.SharK

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#1 12 years ago

Right, i've just got 200$ to use, and i want to use them on a soundcard, and maybe something else. I just recently spent 400 bucks on ram, thus my rig is now t3h gamingz0r. Now i need a soundcard, so the games wont eat all the CPU on the sound.

So i was looking at the (supposedly) top cards, AD4 and X-Fi. The X-Fi is twice as much as the AD4, but i read there isn't that much of a difference.

The games i play are: Auto Assault and Battlefield 2. Which one should i go for?




Chocu1a

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#2 12 years ago

x-fi, bf2 actually benefits from the x-fi( as do a few other games). It also rips cd's better(better format)




Oblivious

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#3 12 years ago

The X-Fi is a much better card, n o question. The Audigy 4 is good, but it's still basically the same as an Audigy 2. The X-Fi has hardware, specs and sound quality that towers over the Audigy series. And, as mentioned, there is an X-Fi option in the BF2 sound menu. It sounds very good, especially with 7.1 speakers.

To be fair, my X-Fi isn't working optimally in my current setup, though it works flawlessly in my other pc. So I guess it's not perfect, which makes it kinda like the Audigy and Live series. :p




C38368

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#4 12 years ago

Neither is a good card, and neither is worth the cost. I'd sooner get a (now) el cheapo A2 and call it good, and put the rest of my money towards something decent (Like a 'phile 192 or ESI Juli@).




deathwarder

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#5 12 years ago

why are neither good?




C38368

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#6 12 years ago

Creative bloatware. Cheap parts. Inability to output at anything other than 48kHz, with a horrible upsampling algorithm. Overpriced. No truly functional digital out, unless you buy Creative speakers as well. Artefacts in the sound.

Those are the major problems. Then there are some other, more esoteric ones (like the fact that they don't play nicely with E-MU cards due to driver conflicts).




deathwarder

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#7 12 years ago

so why do they cost so much?




C38368

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#8 12 years ago

Creative has an effective monopoly on the mass market. You're a perfect example of it: "it costs more, therefore it must be better", or "everybody uses them, so they must be the best".

There is absolutely nothing that the A4 or X-Fi brings to the table to justify the price premium over the older and equally [in]competent A2.




Bs|Archaon

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#9 12 years ago

Creative software does truly suck. From mp3 players to sound cards, absolutely horrible. It's slow, ugly, not very powerful and all you get for these disadvantages is like...EAX version 40182510 or something, that other companies can't include because it's Creative tech.

And yet everything except onboard sound that I've owned, seems to sound better than the Creative hardware with all their junk turned on.




Dr Zoidberg

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#10 12 years ago

C38368Creative bloatware. Cheap parts. Inability to output at anything other than 48kHz, with a horrible upsampling algorithm. Overpriced. No truly functional digital out, unless you buy Creative speakers as well. Artefacts in the sound.

Those are the major problems. Then there are some other, more esoteric ones (like the fact that they don't play nicely with E-MU cards due to driver conflicts).

Ok, even though my Audigy 2 has fiber optic digital out, and supports 24bit 96khz audio out, and was a very good price at 50 bucks, it is a piece of crap.