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Originally Posted by BindibadgiIt still sounds better on the X-Fi, I don't know what it does but it just feels more accurate. :o
Originally Posted by atanum141I like the look of the card and what it has to offer but the software looks far to bloated. My Current Audigy has nothing but the drivers & small control panel. Thats what i want with the X-Fi.
Originally Posted by Cupboardtoshlink=toslink?
are they the same thing, or is one a new version of the other? or maybe a Creative thing?
Originally Posted by BindibadgiThe PCI-Express one with no X-Fi processor? Possibly, we can ask.
Chronic: The toslink cables have a square plug, but you need a square to 3.5mm "pointy" adapter. You can buy them from some electronics or A/V shops as well, you don't have to go to Creative. The S/PDIF out supports the same modes as standard analogue out afaik, I've not got digital speakers nor the adapter unfortunately :( I've been meaning to get round to asking someone for a proper amp but we don't do that many soundcard reviews.
Originally Posted by dom_
In the interests of testing audio gear i would hope that you had the above available, as testing with active pc speakers or headphone plugged directly to soundcards can not allow you to assess sound quality. You need something better you need hi-fi components. Not PC components.
Originally Posted by Mister_TadSeconded, theres not much point in debating sound quality differences between cards if theyre being tested with Gigaworks T20 for example (which I suspect they may be?)
Not sure Hi-fi components would be the best though, as the majority of PC users are going to be listening to music near-field and hi-fi components arent necessarily designed with that in mind. A set of decent active monitors may be more suited for critical listening.
Originally Posted by dom_Stop trying to get people to buy those tannoys :D
Originally Posted by Bindibadgiif you're an audiophile you won't watch movies or listen to music through a PC, right? ;)
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