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Santa Cruz to X-Fi Extreme Music ?

Discussion in 'Sound City' started by mrk, 7 May 2006.

  1. mrk

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 86,494

    Location: South Coast

    has anybody here done such a move? - I am now considering it for the fact that game framerates do improve with the xfis gaming support and the noticeable fps gains in benchmarks like 3dmark that I have seen.

    I mainly game and listen to music as wella s watch movies and have my Santa Cruz connected to an external amplifier via good quality 3.5mm > RCA output which in turn is connected to a good set of floorstanders and headphones.

    I just want to know the ease of use of the xfi, I know you have to switch modes when playing games or playing movies and music (and a handy quick switcher util recently came out) but what is the sound quality difference? assuming I can sell my Santa Cruz for £20 is it really worth the extra £50?
     
  2. TooNice

    Hitman

    Joined: 7 Mar 2006

    Posts: 545

    I am pretty sure that I have read of similar switch being done by some the of folks at 3dss. Unless the Cruz has an unusually high CPU usage, I don't think that the frame rate benefit will increase that much. But there are other gaming benefits, and for that, I think it is worth it.

    I am quite curious about the quick switcher though (I do find myself switching modes several times a day). Could you tell me more about that? Cheers.
     
  3. mrk

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 86,494

    Location: South Coast

    I tend to use straight stereo sound whenever possible so dont realy have a need for EAXHD etc but being futureproof would be nice. the reviews i am reading though point out that in general id probably not notice any sound quality difference between the 2 cards so I guess the santa cruz can remain in the part audiphile realms for a bit longer !

    http://www.freewebs.com/spectra9/xfmc.html btw :p