I didn't buy Bose, it came in my S4. Sorry, there wasn't a 'thrifty' Audiovox am radio option. Even if I did, I don't see how it would be a "waste of money". That may be your opinion, but it's not mine.
I never read anything that said they could recreate lost data, and if they did, I would chuckle. I work daily with many types of audio and video compression. I do know that I am looking for a cleaner, crisper sound, with less noise and distortion and this card delivers. I wanted a better 3D soundstage for gaming than the Audigy 2s can create, and the X-Fi delivered that as well. The Crystalizer functionality *DOES* make some MP3s sound better, because it sharpens some of the sounds than can go flat with compression. I actually liked the effect on both full quality CD music and DVD Audio too. Obviously they are not recreating the actual lost data, although the end result may sound a little like it since they ARE enhancing certain sounds.
I don'y care for the software bundle, and I wish they would offer a cheaper card without all the crap, but it's a free market and they can sell it how they wish. I bought the 'cheapest' one, and had planned to take it back if the sound wasn't a decent improvement over my Audigy 2 ZS Platinum. Turned out It was.
I hate to break this too you but labels/brands do, quite often, bring better quality with them. In the case of stereo equipment, there are high end brands that spank everything below them. You can stand there and tell me they don't sound better if you want, and I can laugh at you. Your argument about how much money the card is worth is subjective. You can't give your impression of the card, because you haven't used one.
I suggest, since you appear to be a Bluesnoob, that you learn not to take the discussions and arguments here too personally. I don't hold any REAL LIFE ill will toward anyone here. This board is an MMO E-penis fest 24 hours a day. Get over it
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"...We're gonna string you up, You've got balls but..... We got the whip, we got a better bomb..." -AudioslaveThis comment was edited on Oct 1, 15:08.
He cut the possum's face off then cut around the eye socket. In the center of the belt buckle, where the possum's eye would be, he has placed a small piece of wood from his old '52 Ford's home made railroad tie bumper. Damn, he misses that truck.