Is the Sound Blaster Z a worthy upgrade to the X-Fi XtremeMusic?
Apr 10, 2014 at 6:45 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 5

soccerdude84

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and if not, what is?

I'm gonna be using it for equal amounts of gaming and music, budget is negotiable. I don't need any extra peripherals, just a good sound card to use with my MDR 1R and MA900.
 
Apr 13, 2014 at 6:44 PM Post #2 of 5

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Neither of them have particularly good DACs.  It's the higher end model in each series that has the good DAC (X-Fi Titanium HD, Sound Blaster ZxR).
 
But what you can do is get an external DAC (NOT a USB model), and then run the Digital output from your current X-Fi to the external DAC.  You would get great game processing AND great music output.
 
Apr 15, 2014 at 11:34 AM Post #5 of 5

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I believe I got mine for ~$90 from a fellow forum member, but $140 is still a good price compared to retail.  It should be a very substantial upgrade over your older X-Fi when it comes to music.
 

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