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Sound quality of Creative SB X-FI Surround 5.1 Pro?

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I've been considering a DAC or Creative's little portable box, but how good is the actual sound quality of the X-FI Surround. Sure reviews claim it's fabulous, but most reviews of a decent product usually do. I'm not really sure if I want to sacrifice quality for the virtual surround sound, but for gaming in particular I find that feature near-essential for my enjoyment. So how is the quality compared to say the uDAC2 or Fiio E7, both of which are also in my price range and consideration.

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Bump. I would like to know this too!

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I am very impressed with the Soundblaster Omni 5.1's performance. Friend of mine could only barely hear a difference between the Omni's internal DAC versus a discreet Modi Optical DAC. I like that you can always add an external optical DAC (and then amp) if you want, and the SBX processing stays relevant.

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