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Interestingly, the Audigy 4 is a top performer in our tests, as the improved build quality serve to mask some of the issues that we've seen with the Audigy 2. We would still like to see balanced I/O, and truly reprogrammable sampling rates (to avoid the 44.1kHz resampling issue and IMD problems altogether). But overall, the Audigy 4 Pro is a welcome improvement to the Audigy 2 ZS Platinum Pro. Not so much that we would recommend upgrading, but if you have to choose between them, we would point in the direction of the Audigy 4.
Chaos_Being said:Interesting post, actually I was going to ask this exact question. I'm sick of crappy onboard sound, so my next build is going to have a dedicated sound card. I was trying to compare an Audigy 2 ZS oem for $70 to an X-fi XtremeMusic for $117. Sounds like there may not be $47 worth of extra performance with the X-fi, eh?