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Undecided about X-FI

Discussion in 'Sound City' started by sgoaty, 28 Feb 2006.

  1. sgoaty

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 30 Jan 2005

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    Location: Aberdeenshire

    To anyone whos undecided about buying an X-fi sound card. Stop thinking about and do it. I wasnt sure if it would be worth it as my audigy 2 Zs seemed really good but this thing is amazing. Im very pleased with it and i just wanted to pass the info on.
    Scott
     
  2. Jokester

    Don

    Joined: 7 Aug 2003

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    Location: Aberdeenshire

    Good to hear, got an X-Fi in the post, so should hopefully get it tomorrow (going from a 2 ZS as well).

    Jokester
     
  3. lee32uk

    Underboss

    Joined: 9 Nov 2005

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    Location: manchester,uk

    Ive just bought and received today an X-fi soundcard....WOW!!!!! simply stunning sound quality.Definately worth the money :)
     
  4. R B Customs

    Mobster

    Joined: 22 Sep 2005

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    Location: Manchester

    oh yea worth it !!
    i only paid 51 quid for mine... but id deffo pay the 120 or what ever it is for it !!
    awsome cards.
    :'( just want to try it with medusas :'(
    that crystalizer thing rocks !
    was a nightmare to set up though because of that hedphone detection speaker mute thing !!!!!!!
    Rick
     
  5. Rob43

    Mobster

    Joined: 17 Jun 2003

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    Location: Scotland

    Just got mine yesterday after upgrading from a Audigy 2Zs.I was worried that i'd just wasted money for a small upgrade,how wrong could i be...... I'm amazed at the sound quality,never heard anything like it.
    Quake 4 sounds fantastic,as do DVD's & music,i could go on all day about this card.
    Even if you have cheap speakers,this will make you think you had just bought new ones as well :p Using it with a good set of headphones is just awesome.
    It really has to be heard to be believed,words just can't describe :eek:

    Awesome,if your thinking of upgrading to an X-Fi,you won't be disappointed :D

    Rob
     
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  6. malccy

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    Location: Torquay, Devon, UK

    Is the basic Xi-Fi music good enough or should I put some more money towards it to buy the next model up?
     
  7. FirebarUK

    Soldato

    Joined: 9 Dec 2004

    Posts: 5,637

    Location: Dorset

    Sound quality is awesome, but im selling mine due to crappy drivers and non-existent linux support (wont be getting drvs any time soon!). When I bought it this didnt matter to me, but now it does :(
     
  8. Jokester

    Don

    Joined: 7 Aug 2003

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    Location: Aberdeenshire

    Wow, finally got it all installed and the sound quality is incredible compared to the Audigy 2 ZS.

    Jokester
     
  9. Curio

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 14 Mar 2004

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    Love my X-Fi. They really are overdue a driver update tho - I don't expect a new driver every other day like with video cards, but come on :(
     
  10. Fakel1ty

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    Joined: 2 Jan 2006

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    Location: Tamworth, Staffordshire

    I've have my Fatal1ty card since xmas, and it's a fantasic upgrade. I know people who always neglect the sound department when they upgrade - they are really missing out!
     
  11. cleanbluesky

    Capodecina

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    I don't mean to bash X-Fi guys but I don't think its worth the hype. For gaming it might be a suprerior card, yet a lot of people are upgrading from Audigies (which were contentious anyway) and if you want straight sound quality you might be better off going M-Audio...
     
  12. sgoaty

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    Most of us are gamers though mate
     
  13. Fakel1ty

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    it's a valid point, but the card is clearly aimed at the gamer, no matter how Creative market it as an all-round entertainment solution. The hype comes from gamers themselves, and the card does deserve the hype in that respect.

    The geninue audiophiles out there will never consider this card for their music needs, the same way a graphic artist will never use an ATI/nVidia gfx card because it supports shadermodel 3.0
     
  14. Curio

    Sgarrista

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    But, if you want it for music, games and movies (like me) it's fabulous - it just does everything really well. Sure, if you wanted a card for a particular job then you should pick and choose according to the appropriate strengths and weaknesses of all the cards out there. But for a solid all-rounder X-Fi is the way to go, IMO.
     
  15. james.miller

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    most of you guys are using pc speakers as well, which has never made sense to me.
     
  16. jaybd

    Gangster

    Joined: 29 Jan 2006

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    got mine complete with x3400's save yr money
     
  17. R B Customs

    Mobster

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    IMO : no
    i think the elite and fatality models are frankly just for willy wavers. and the 64MB xram isnt fully used in games yet ( i think theres a patch for quake 4) but just a gimmick IMO ( the premium and extreme have 2MB of it anyway )
    unless yuo have a need for the front pannel id say the extreme music edition is just what you need. the cards are all the same with the except some have the 64Mb, and some have the 2Mb
     
  18. sgoaty

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    Thats a bit harsh! I wanted the front panel so I had to buy the Fatality. Different users want different things from the card. To suggest people are spending 3 times as much just for a bigger e penis is wrong. But saying that im not a big believer in the ram either
     
  19. james.miller

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    it's a lot to spend on a source if you dont have a decent amp and speaker setup though
     
  20. sgoaty

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    I just use headphones