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Time to upgrade from a X-Fi XtremeMusic?

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I've been using an X-Fi XtremeMusic for ages now. I'm starting to get an upgrade itch, not sure if it's justified. The incompatibility with HD Audio front panel connectors has always been a pet peeve, and the thing feels kind of obsolete now anyway, along with EAX.

 

(I'm using a pair of DT770s fwiw.)

 

Should I look into an ASUS card, or just keep the X-Fi?

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Do you really want to give up proper DirectSound3D and OpenAL support? (Not just EAX 3/4/5, but proper 3D audio with CMSS-3D Headphone instead of just virtual 7.1.)

 

If not, you could just get the X-Fi Titanium HD. That has a header for HD Audio-spec front-panel audio jacks, and the improved sound quality should be noticeable. (Not that I recommend using audio jacks on computer cases at all; every single one I've tried has a ground loop issue.)

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