I want to get a set of Z5500s but I dont have a sound card. My mobo is Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe (Realtek ALC850 8-channel AC'97). Would I get good sound from this with the Z5500s??
If not i can get a sound card but not the real expensive ones. I was going to go with the Xtreme Music but I heard it was having problems with the nforce4 motherboards so I dunno which one to go with...
Just a note that you'll want to get the latest a380 realtek drivers.
It seems these latest ones helped eliminate alot of the popping I heard when I would play games or listen to DVD's.
I was reading on web some nForce 4 boards had difficulties with X-Fi but in 9/10 cases flashing mobo's bios solves the problem.
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe is not affected anyway so if only that stops you from getting X-Fi, I would not worry. I am very very glad with my X-Fi anywy: surround sound over regular headphones is freaking good.
But before jumping to X-Fi you could actually try to squeeze more from your onboard. It's in fact pretty decent, as it was noted above.