I'm buying a new sound card and I have some questions. I'm trying to decide between an x-fi titanium HD or a Soundblaster Z. From what I've gathered x-fi has better surround for games that support hardware acceleration and for games that don't x-fi and z will sound the same? Are games from now on going to stop supporting hardware acceleration?
Also, alot of people seem to complain about having to switch between headphones and speakers with an x-fi and that is kind of a dealbreaker for me if it cannot be circumvented some way. My keyboard has a goldplated 3.5 mm stereo extension built into it so if i plugged that into the soundcard would I only have to remove my headphones from the 3.5 mm port on my keyboard to use my speakers or would I have to go behind my computer anyway to change it? Also, if I plugged the soundcard into an amp would this circumvent the problem? Maybe if I used the rca outs?
I hope this is the case because the z kind of rubs me the wrong way, in't it basically just a glorified extra processor that runs programs that I could just run on my regular processor? It also looks like a toy and the board itself has almost nothing on it, what am I really paying for there?