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March 26, 2007 2:23:13 AM

I am looking to buy a Creative Soundblaster X-Fi 7.1 Elite. But I also don't want to spend $250. Does anyone here have one that they might be willing to sell?

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March 26, 2007 3:13:01 AM

No, but you might try e-bay. Other than that, unless you have a set of really great speakers and a very good ear, I'm not sure you'll notice any difference between the Elite and the Platinum modles. Even the Platinum is beyond the capabilities of most speakers and human ears.

I speak as one who has gone through an Audigy, to a Audigy 2 to a X-FI Platinum and have bought better speakers at each sound card move. I personally don't think the Elite does any better than the Platinum, but that's just my opinion, and my ears.
March 26, 2007 11:08:24 AM

BOSE 7.1 with a 500W sub.
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March 26, 2007 3:14:26 PM

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BOSE 7.1 with a 500W sub.


Ok, that is a set of great speakers. Guess I too often hear of people with a cheap set of either 2 or 2.1 speakers thinking they will get great sound by buying an expensive sound card.
March 26, 2007 3:25:00 PM

Hahahaha! No cheap stuff for me. If you are going to buy something, buy it. Get good quality stuff.
March 26, 2007 4:14:59 PM

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Hahahaha! No cheap stuff for me. If you are going to buy something, buy it. Get good quality stuff.


I have the same basic belief. My speakers, for example, are a set of 500wt Klipsch 5.1 THX rated speakers that I bought 6 years ago and they work very well. While people have personal preferences and all, I think good quality hardware will last a lot longer and provide more satisfaction than cheap stuff that gets replaced often.
March 26, 2007 4:17:27 PM

Amen.
March 26, 2007 4:20:43 PM

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Hahahaha! No cheap stuff for me. If you are going to buy something, buy it. Get good quality stuff.


So what's up with the E6400 then, just a stopgap until a good quality CPU shows up? :twisted:

Is there any difference between X-Fi Extrememusic and X-Fi Elite that I would actually use? I got decent speakers (about $300), my ears can't distinguish between mp3 160 kbps and wav, and I don't produce music or other sound files.
March 26, 2007 4:23:03 PM

Not really. Not that would be discernable unless you have like THX and tudio quality speakers. The E6400 is until the end of April when I will go QX6700.
March 26, 2007 6:06:01 PM

Good to know, thanks!
March 26, 2007 6:17:21 PM

No problem.
March 26, 2007 6:17:39 PM

What are your speakers?
March 26, 2007 6:23:04 PM

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Not really. Not that would be discernable unless you have like THX and tudio quality speakers. The E6400 is until the end of April when I will go QX6700.


I think I would add good ears and good general acoustics to that. If a person has poor hearing, the higher quality speakers/soundcard may make no difference. If the room's acoustics are bad, no speaker or soundcard can make a barn sound like an auditorium.
March 26, 2007 6:59:26 PM

True.
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