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Noone in their right mind should give their money to Creative after the Linux/X-Fi screwup. Besides, the Xonars are better value for money.
On the other hand, consider getting an external digital decoder and/or better speakers instead of a new sound card. Integrated sound card + digital out will usually give better sound quality than dedicated sound card + analogue out.
Finally, you won't get hardware mixing on Wine (much less hardware acceleration of EAX/EFX). A dedicated sound card is a waste of money if performance is your goal.
This is very interesting to me as I was just pondering wich audio card to upgrade to. Replacing my audigy2zs. I have looked at many studio solutions because they have hardware mixing support in linux. RME, and a few others.
If all I want is audio playback of anything, games, music etc, plus the ability to use teamspeak or other voice chat software like mumble is the X-fi worth it?
To quote the mailing list you referred us too.
There is no sequencer support, and no access to the DSP features,
which would be needed to put it in line with the old emu10k1 features.
What is it exactly that we are losing? What does the sequencer and dsp do? DSP uses the crystalier? what is that and how does that effect us as well?
Sorry to revive the old thread, I just would like a bit more info on what I would be giving up versus my current Audigy2zs as the X-fi seems like the only affordable hardware mixing upgrade.