Upgrading from Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic

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#1 Posted by THGarrett (2574 posts) -

So the XtremeMusic sound card has lasted me many years and it's finally starting to go out.  I was just wondering what would be a good worthy upgrade from this card?

 

I was looking at the Creative Sound Blaster Z SBX and it seems like it would be a good card, but I wanted some other people's recommendations.

#2 Posted by Zaral_1 (186 posts) -
I got a ZxR. It's a good card, i love it and never had any issues with it. I assume the Z will be similar
#3 Posted by THGarrett (2574 posts) -

Yeah I was looking at that too and it seems it has a better DAC than Z and ZX, but it looks like you need high quality headphones in order to really appreciate it.  I own the ATH-M50 headphones so I don't know how much of a benefit I would get, and $250 is a lot of money for a sound card.

#4 Posted by thundercave01 (97 posts) -

i always was an creative fan. but then i got in a sound studio and was wondering what kind of card they used, turns out that its was an ''asus essence STX card''...

so i bought one, and creative holds no candle to it... I've bin buying creative cards for 15 years or so... but this is probably the best stereo sound i've ever heard, on any system for that mater. it is ridicules, especially listening to ''flac'' files, provided you have a good headphone :) i got the card for 170,- or so, so not that expencive.

#5 Posted by THGarrett (2574 posts) -

i always was an creative fan. but then i got in a sound studio and was wondering what kind of card they used, turns out that its was an ''asus essence STX card''...

so i bought one, and creative holds no candle to it... I've bin buying creative cards for 15 years or so... but this is probably the best stereo sound i've ever heard, on any system for that mater. it is ridicules, especially listening to ''flac'' files, provided you have a good headphone :) i got the card for 170,- or so, so not that expencive.

thundercave01
It's my understanding that the driver support for the ASUS card is pretty poor though.
#6 Posted by kraken2109 (12968 posts) -
[QUOTE="thundercave01"]

i always was an creative fan. but then i got in a sound studio and was wondering what kind of card they used, turns out that its was an ''asus essence STX card''...

so i bought one, and creative holds no candle to it... I've bin buying creative cards for 15 years or so... but this is probably the best stereo sound i've ever heard, on any system for that mater. it is ridicules, especially listening to ''flac'' files, provided you have a good headphone :) i got the card for 170,- or so, so not that expencive.

THGarrett
It's my understanding that the driver support for the ASUS card is pretty poor though.

No worse than creative's
#7 Posted by NamelessPlayer (7729 posts) -
I'd say X-Fi Titanium HD, seeing as it's still widely available (unlike the Onkyo SE-300PCIE and the Auzentech X-Fi variants) and is a very competent DAC while retaining all the usual X-Fi gaming features, like proper hardware DirectSound3D and OpenAL support (which Sound Core3D products do in software, with a few quirks and issues that don't occur on the hardware implementation). Also, unusually for a Creative product, the Titanium HD's drivers are pretty solid, a bit less quirky than the other X-Fi cards I've used. It's a strange case in that while it's NOT supported by the Daniel_K X-Fi Support Pack, I really don't mind at all this time. Then again, if you look far enough, you'll find complaints for pretty much every sound card when it comes to drivers. Creative, C-Media, Realtek, Aureal...
#8 Posted by _SKatEDiRt_ (2569 posts) -

I still have my Creative Audigy Sound Blaster Platinum Ex from 2002 I believe. serves me well to this day. Creative or go home!!!