- Installation and Initial impressions
- Sound quality
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To test out the Audigy RX 7.1 I used it with my Sennheiser HD650 and Yamaha YH-100 orthodyanmic headphones along with my B+W speakers.
I also used my headphone amp to test out the Creative E-MU chipset without the built-in headphone.
Right off the bat, I was quite impressed with the capabilities of the Audigy RX 7.1. The higher end series had more tweaking options to fiddle with the sound which some gamers will appreciate, but their music performance was average at best.
The Audigy RX 7.1 in comparison is a step up and I found its performance to be better than any of its higher end siblings in music and movies. The higher end series had a fatter bass response (but did not offer very deep bass). The Audigy RX 7.1 is more neutral in comparison and offers deeper bass. You can boost the bass further if you wish with the built-in EQ settings.
The built-in headphone amp is very capable and powers all my headphones nicely.
The built-in headphone amp is maybe a touch less capable than the Creative higher-end series. It powers my YH-100 orthodynamics fine, but the max volume is just about enough for my level of comfortable listening volume. My custom EHHA headphone amp offers higher volume with my YH-100. That said people who have such hard to drive headphones are rare so the Audigy RX 7.1 offers excellent performance here. My 300 ohm Sennheiser are driven very well.
Comparing the built-in headphone amp with my dedicated EHHA custom headphone amp the differences were very small and I had to struggle to tell them apart. All in all, an excellent performance by the Audigy RX 7.1.