View Full Version : Sound Card and Speakers advice

11-19-2005, 12:14 PM
Okay, I'm looking to spend about 220$ total. Around there. Less than that would be great. Anyways, I need some advice on which sound card and which speakers I want. All I want is great sound.
Here's what I was thinking:
Soundcard -

Speakers -

Are thos any good? Any other, better suggestions? I just picked what I thought looked good. I don't really know if any of it is good or not.

11-19-2005, 12:34 PM
I'm a creative supporter. I've bought Live, Audigy, Audigy2ZS, x-fi.

for audigy2ZS, you can adjust the sound effects. For example, a wrestler will sound like a female in real time. The card's processor does the effect. There are pre-set effects like techno, new age, theatre, echo hall. You can play with the settings and create your perfect effect. However, some original mp3 sounds better without those effects.

for X-Fi xtreme music, your system will have more resource as the card can process all sound data. X-fi improve the surround effect. In the following way :

--- audigy2ZS---
1. Play left sound
2. Play right sound

--- x-fi -----
1. Play left sound (+ right sound a bit)
2. Play right sound (+ left sound a bit)

On X-Fi, "crystal clear" effect sharpens only a little bit. Almost no difference. "3Dmidi" is just a software which supports surround speakers for midi playback, you can drag and drop and you'll hear guitar on the left, piano on the right. X-Fi has Gamer, Entertainment and Song Composer. It's just that they pre-configured certain 'effects' for Gamer, certain 3D enviroment effects for "entertainment" and on "Song Composer", you can create your own effects.

Audigy2 offers real-time effect creation (enviroment, pitch, tune, etc)
X-fi offers a better surround, lowers system resource and has what Audigy2 has. It has all the 'best' effects for games and entertainment (mp3, movies) pre-set.

11-19-2005, 01:04 PM
Id definately go with the X-Fi and the Creative speaker set.

11-19-2005, 01:06 PM
Thanks Iverson. You were the one I was hoping would reply to this thread. Anybody else? Anything better than what I have listed?

11-19-2005, 01:07 PM
Am I stupid? I've tried explaining why it's good and compare Audigy2 and x-fi for you. Then I was ignored.

If you think that the effects are not worth a $100 then just use a cheap sound card which supports surround speakers. The creative speakers are ok.

yes and ban users when they spam and keep users when they print passports.
I'm troubled tonight. sorry.

11-19-2005, 01:09 PM
Sorry Aka. I forgot to say thanks :(
THANK YOU AKA. SO MUCH. You pushed me towards the X-Fi. :)