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Old 10-22-2013, 07:16 PM - Thread Starter
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Hi gang, a very quick question for you. I searched around but couldn't find a direct comparison between these two products.

In your opinion, would I notice a difference in sound quality going from using a Creative X-FI external soundcard / DAC

http://www.amazon.com/Creative-Soundblaster-Surround-System-SB1095/dp/B0044DEDCA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1382490683&sr=8-1&keywords=creative+x-fi+external

to a Cambridge Audio Azur Dacmagic 100

http://www.amazon.com/Cambridge-Audio-DacMagic-Digital--Converter/dp/B0078Q35PG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1382490765&sr=8-1&keywords=cambridge+audio+dacmagic

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Thanks for the input. I have the X-FI; just wondering if upgrading would make a difference in passing two channel analog audio to a mid level (~ $500) receiver or integrated amp.
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I have the X-FI; just wondering if upgrading would make a difference in passing two channel analog audio to a mid level (~ $500) receiver or integrated amp.
No.
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Old 10-22-2013, 07:56 PM
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I know nothing about the Creative, which could conceivably be the exception to the rule, but in general there is nothing to be gained by upgrading a DAC. Even the cheapest today are so good that audible improvement is pretty much impossible. Spend your money somewhere else.

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Hi Cavendish,

I actually like the feature-set of the X-Fi much better than the Cambridge. Specifically, the volume control, the IR remote-control, THX and Dolby-Digital Live. The Cambridge is pretty feature-poor, and the resulting analog audio won't be any better either. I also tend to prefer the X-Fi's price.
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Alright, thanks for the feedback everyone! Looks Like I'll probably focus on upgrades elsewhere then.

MarkHotchkiss, I completely agree with you that the X-Fi has a better feature set (and price). I've been using it for a few years, so it may be the previous generation model, but it's been a solid performer. I was just curious if better sound would come from the Cambridge unit, in which case I might be willing to downgrade in features for better sounding audio. But it looks to be a moot point.

Thanks again!
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