The Audigy2 NX has to be powered by it's power adapter.
I looked at the Phillips unit, whic is powered by the USB port.
I chose the Audigy unit because of EAX & EAX HD, Plus Creative's track record.
I know that the Phillips unit has EAX, but I would rather go with the company that created the EAX standard.
I am keeping an eye out for the USB 2.0 upgrade and will be posting any changes I find.
Just grabbed an Audigy 2 NX. I have not benchmarked it yet but am very impressed. Sound quality is incredible. The unit is very small as is the power adaptor that comes with it. Pretty nice package all the way around.
i finally got mine from best buy. nicely built product. smaller than expected too. sound quality with dvd movies is pretty good. dvd-audio playback is less than spectacular though. compared to my home dvd-audio player, the audigy nx is lacking severly in detail, and has overly exaggerated and boomy bass. but that's to be expected. otherwise i'm quite happy with my purchase.
Is this creative sound blaster better than the phillips one? I Hope so! (I'm planning on getting one) Did anyone try it with the Logitech Z680? What about Klipsche??? Please tell me if it sounds nicer than when directly connected to the 8890. Thanks!
are you having any conflict problems with audigy 2 nx and the internal soundcard? cause when i installed the audigy 2 nx the first time around, it didn't let me select the speaker settings; it kept reverting back to 2 speakers. so i reformated and installed the audigy 2 nx with installing the realtek drivers. it work fine and allowed me to select the speakers. but when recording with the tv-tuner it didn't record any sound. so i then installed the realtek drivers, to use the built in soundcard for recording from the tv tuner, yet now once again i can't select the speakers. my audigy 2 nx coexist peacefully with my turtle beach on my desktop. are you having the same problems?
Heres a thought. Do things run faster when using the Audigy 2 than using the built in sound card? As the built in card is software and has no hardware accelleration at all, thus everything is unloaded onto the Processor when using the AC'97 codec.
Geez, laptops need better sound hardware built in.