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Thread: Audigy 4 vs Audigy 2 ZS Platiunum Pro

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    Which has more features for recording??
    Pros and cons of each card please

    Audigy 2 ZS Platinum Pro
    http://www.vibecomputers.com/index.c...f=n&vID=191053

    Audigy 4
    http://www.vibecomputers.com/index.c...f=n&vID=193680
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    orcutt989's Avatar Blargh
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    I have a 2ZS, but without the preamp and stuff, it works pretty good. The ZS platinum pro is just newer.
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    The Audigy 2 is newer then the audigy 4?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigdawgfoxx
    The Audigy 2 is newer then the audigy 4?
    The main difference in the Audigy 2 Platinum over the basic version ZS is the front loader I/O hub decks (which provide 6 in/out stereo jacks). So Unless you are a hardcore link-up junkie, or perhaps if you want to do your own digital music editing, there's really no reason to buy the higher end Sound Blasters (the big reason I can see someone would want to buy the Platinum or Platinum Pro is to jack into an external stereo hifi-surround sound system. If you have computer based 5.1 surround or better, you don't need a Platinum. As has been the case for years [since the release of the Live! series cards], Creative packages the same card with different software bundles, and then renames the card, giving the impression you're getting a better piece of hardware for the higher price -- all you're really doing is paying for the software bundle. OEM is your best bet if you can wait).

    Note: the primary reason to buy an Audigy 2+ at all is to get support for your computer based surround sound. If you have a newer Live! and have support for 5.1, you probably don't need a Audigy 2. You do need an Audigy 2 if you want support for 6.1 surround or better -- otherwise not all channels will fire. My new T7700 7.1 system wouldn't operate at its full potential on a Live!, which is certified to only 5.1.

    http://www.creative.com/products/welcome.asp?category=1

    The big differences I see between say the Audigy 2 ZS and the Audigy 4 is a greater SNR range (Audigy 4: 113 vs Audigy ZS: 108 db, whoop-de-doo), and the much-increased number of channels on the Audigy 4: 64 channels. Other than these, all the cards of the Audigy 2+ line share essentially the same features.

    Not sure whether the Audigy 4 is available yet, but I haven't seen them. That said the Audigy 2 Platinum and Platinum Pro alone are double the cost of the Audigy 2 ZS. Expect to shell out for the Audigy 4 when it ships.

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    Last edited by TheNobleEU; 11-23-2004 at 02:58 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheNobleEU
    The main difference in the Audigy 2 Platinum over the basic version ZS is the front loader I/O hub decks (which provide 6 in/out stereo jacks). So Unless you are a hardcore link-up junkie, or perhaps if you want to do your own digital music editing, there's really no reason to buy the higher end Sound Blasters (the big reason I can see someone would want to buy the Platinum or Platinum Pro is to jack into an external stereo hifi-surround sound system. If you have computer based 5.1 surround or better, you don't need a Platinum. As has been the case for years [since the release of the Live! series cards], Creative packages the same card with different software bundles, and then renames the card, giving the impression you're getting a better piece of hardware for the higher price -- all you're really doing is paying for the software bundle. OEM is your best bet if you can wait).

    Note: the primary reason to buy an Audigy 2+ at all is to get support for your computer based surround sound. If you have a newer Live! and have support for 5.1, you probably don't need a Audigy 2. You do need an Audigy 2 if you want support for 6.1 surround or better -- otherwise not all channels will fire. My new T7700 7.1 system wouldn't operate at its full potential on a Live!, which is certified to only 5.1.

    http://www.creative.com/products/welcome.asp?category=1

    The big differences I see between say the Audigy 2 ZS and the Audigy 4 is a greater SNR range (Audigy 4: 113 vs Audigy ZS: 108 db, whoop-de-doo), and the much-increased number of channels on the Audigy 4: 64 channels. Other than these, all the cards of the Audigy 2+ line share essentially the same features.

    Not sure whether the Audigy 4 is available yet, but I haven't seen them. That said the Audigy 2 Platinum and Platinum Pro alone are double the cost of the Audigy 2 ZS. Expect to shell out for the Audigy 4 when it ships.

    HTH,
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    This is a great post lol
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