Nice seeing you over here on AVS. I've been using my X-Fi Elite Pro (modded with LM4562 op amps) for a couple of years now. I use the analog outputs straight to power amps. Sounds fantastic on my LS-6s!
I love my X-Fi Elite Pro. I also have modded mine with LM4562 opamps. I'm driving a 7.1 ELT525 system. You might know someone working on a review of these speakers.
I use the analog outs directly to my Outlaw Audio 7100 amp or my Onix SP3.
You can't set the distance of your subwoofer(s) in the bass management settings. However, if they are about the same as the mains it shouldn't be a problem. For bass, I use the digital output to a Behringer DCX2496. The X-Fi sends out a stereo PCM digital signal that combines all channels. This is sent simultaneous with the analog channels and the volume is attenuated in the X-Fi before the conversion to the stereo PCM signal. I then use the DCX2496 for the bass management and stereo configuration of my dual Cherry MFW-15's. Ask Jess what he thinks of stereo bass.
The X-Fi sounded pretty good before the mod. Changing the opamps widened the soundstage and added a little detail. If I was to get a card now, I would probably get a ASUS Xonar HDAV1.3 Deluxe 7.1 . It has 7 RCA analog outputs.
I was thinking on getting the Xonar D2 but I found it very annoying that the control panel doesnt allow you to enter speaker distances accurately like you do with the x-fi. I just dont understand why they dont include that.
As desertdome/mojave said, you can't set the subwoofer distance with the X-Fi. This used to be somewhat of a problem for me, but with my LS-6s I leave my sub turned off and route all bass energy (including movie LFE) to the LS-6s.
I'm happy with the results in my room.
When I upgraded the op amps to LM4562s, I was using stock RS750 sig speakers and I noticed a definite difference in detail and clarity. I can only imagine that the difference would be even bigger with the LS-6s, but I'm not going back to find out.
If you get the X-Fi, I'd recommend the upgrade. Have an electronics tech do it for you.
Well, while lurking around on ebay I ended up winning the bid for a Xonar D2 for only $42 shipped.
I think for that price its worth the try and if I found the speaker distance settings a problem with no workaround I could still sell it and at the very least get my money back.
I am familiar with the x-fi as I have the Fatal1ty for my main gaming pc so I know it has enough options to set it up and the added quality of the Elite might just be what I need but at $42 it was hard to at least not try the Xonar dont you agree?
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