X-Fi Soundcard vs Onboard Audio vs USB Headsets
Posted 15 December 2006 - 09:05 AM
First some background, I always use a headset with my computer, I bought a pair of Klipsch 4.1's with my EGAD but barely used them at all and I've never even had a set of speakers hooked to my Rage. So with that being the case which audio solution would be the way to go for me, a SB X-Fi card, sticking with the onboard audio or going with a USB headset?
I do listen to music on my rig occasionally but as my hearing sort of sucks after FAR to much time on various weapon ranges without hearing protection I don't need the ultimate audiophile setup but I need something with at least halfway decent sound and excellent positional 3D support for gaming.
Thoughts, suggestions opinions?
Posted 15 December 2006 - 12:14 PM
Posted 15 December 2006 - 02:39 PM
For reference, I use a Bluegears X-Mystique with the Dolby-Digital Live output to my receiver. Every now and then I actually turn on the DDL
Posted 15 December 2006 - 08:40 PM
Posted 16 December 2006 - 01:22 AM
/owes Farfik a beer or two at some point.
Posted 16 December 2006 - 07:44 AM
The difference in audio quality (and surround processing) on my HD595's on my X-Fi versus my Audigy 2 is astounding. I have two PC's set up side by side so I can compare easily...night and day.
Your sound is only going to be as good as your speakers/headphones producing it. So if you have low quality speakers/headphones I wouldnt bother with anything more than on-board. But if you have high end equipment I think you need an X-Fi even if it's only the basic X-Fi (like $80 I think).
I have the X-Fi Elite Pro and am loving it.
Posted 16 December 2006 - 10:50 AM
Posted 16 December 2006 - 11:49 AM
I would not really factor that into my decision.
Posted 05 January 2007 - 01:24 PM
Posted 05 January 2007 - 02:00 PM
Posted 05 January 2007 - 03:14 PM
Did somebody say headphones? Look no more than the Sennheiser HD580's.
I have a pair and they're great.