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    SoundBlaster Extigy External Sound Card

    I'm considering buying the Extigy external sound card from Creative Labs and am curious what experience if any that users have had with the approach of using a USB based sound card. Thanks in advance for any feedback.
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    Re: SoundBlaster Extigy External Sound Card

    Read this Toms Hardware Guide Make sure when you get to the bottom of a page you click next to go to the next page , don't want you to miss anything.

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    Re: SoundBlaster Extigy External Sound Card

    This will be on the last page.

    CONCLUSION
    At first glance, the Extigy does not appear to be of particular interest because it is marketed as primarily a PC product, so this type of usage is rather unspecific. It is unlikely that novice users who don't want to open up their PC and install a new card would choose such a complete, top-of-the range product. It is more likely to be used with a laptop, because you cannot add a PCI card to one of these. But portability is not the Extigy's greatest asset, especially as it requires power. Yet for a price of $149.99, you get an external decoder with the same functions and features as an Audigy Platinum, though without the SB1394, of course.

    Anyone who wants to keep their PCI sound card for games, yet still have high quality 5.1 decoding and the possibility of extremely accurate recording, should consider buying the Extigy. But for games players who are serious about performance, it would be better to hang on to an internal sound card. The Extigy gobbles up too much of the processor's resources for usage of this type.

    To summarize, the Extigy could also prove to be a very advantageous solution in terms of value for money if you are looking for an external AC3 decoder to use with a DVD player or games console. The price of $149.99 is unbeatable in the home cinema market, where premium decoders cost more, and are often of lesser quality..

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