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thanks for the suggestions guys...

as for the budget... i don't really have one since i can offord to splurge on this card... i am trading my sb rig and need a very good soundcard for both gaming and music...

so between the auzentech home theather hd, creative titantium hd, and the asus stx/st?
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thanks for the suggestions guys...

as for the budget... i don't really have one since i can offord to splurge on this card... i am trading my sb rig and need a very good soundcard for both gaming and music...

so between the auzentech home theather hd, creative titantium hd, and the asus stx/st?
IMO, you'd be happy with the Titanium HD as long as you don't have 5.1 speakers.

It'll be great for gaming, nice for music and it's the cheapest of the 3.
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IMO, you'd be happy with the Titanium HD as long as you don't have 5.1 speakers.

It'll be great for gaming, nice for music and it's the cheapest of the 3.
what happens if i use 5.1 speakers? my headphones are 5.1

i do have a 7.1 setup on my other rig though
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what happens if i use 5.1 speakers? my headphones are 5.1

i do have a 7.1 setup on my other rig though
Currently the Titanium HD is 2.1 analog.(can output 5.1 Optical) Creative might release an analog expansion card for the 5 or 7.1, however this is not 100%
guaranteed.

If Analog Multichannel is important I would suggest the Asus xonar ST which has a separate Daughter multichannel analog card available for purchase.
post #15 of 17
Although it's more expensive, the auzentech home theater HD is basically a straight upgrade from the Titanium HD, so it should be between the Home theater HD and the asus. For what it's worth, I have and love the auzentech card, it's fantastic and comes with swappable oamps.
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Originally Posted by badatgames18 View Post
what happens if i use 5.1 speakers? my headphones are 5.1

i do have a 7.1 setup on my other rig though
There are no good headphones that are 5.1. As a result, you should probably looking at a $100 sound card, tops.
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5.1 and above headphones are a gimmick. The best headphones in the world are stereo.
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