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Originally Posted by MediaRocker;13387893 
Have you tried all and any Audigy cards? rolleyes.gif

Don't write em all off till you try them all. Just Sayin' smile.gif

First off the Audigy series is outdated. The Audigy 2 ZS is their top dog. The X-fi line replaced them. I have every right and knowledge to write off those cards as BAD.

Good idea. The Xonar cards will serve you well.
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post #12 of 24
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Originally Posted by Nick911;13388228 
First off the Audigy series is outdated. The Audigy 2 ZS is their top dog. The X-fi line replaced them. I have every right and knowledge to write off those cards as BAD.

Here is where I am a bit confused. The OP stated he was interested in the new generation card by creative known as the TITANIUM HD not the "Audigy" nor the "Old Titanium" which other than the X-FI DSP, shares nothing in common with the HD. I'm not quite sure what the purpose of critiquing the older generation of Creative cards has to do with the topic at hand and how it's of any relevance.

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Originally Posted by Nick911;13387844 
Xonar DX for budget or if you focus on headphones, then the ST is the way to go (very good quality and excellent focus on headphone audio).

X-fi titanium is crap for sound. ALL and any Audigy sound cards are crap as well.

I'm an audiophile and have noticed differences between my Audigy SBC, X-fi titanium and my Xonar dx (current one).

If his focus is on using headphones for quality 2 channel audio in both games and music, then he has Two options. The Titanium HD or the ASUS Essence series of Cards.
Edited by mim3tic - 5/5/11 at 1:08am
post #13 of 24
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Originally Posted by mim3tic;13388364 
Here is where I am a bit confused. The OP stated he was interested in the new generation card by creative known as the TITANIUM HD not the "Audigy" nor the "Old Titanium" which other than the X-FI DSP, shares nothing in common with the HD. I'm not quite sure what the purpose of critiquing the older generation of Creative cards has to do with the topic at hand and how it's of any relevance.

I mentioned the use of the Audigy cards. I have a 2 ZS and consider it extremely capable, I poked at him when he said all Audigy cards are crap and asked if he tried all Audigy cards to make that generalization. poke.gif
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post #14 of 24
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Originally Posted by Adappy;13387712 
Few items I've been considering:
ASUS Xonar DX (would the extra cost of the Essence STX be worth it?)
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD (have to stretch my budget to get this, seems a lot of people don't like Creative though)
NuForce Icon uDAC-2
FiiO E7 USB DAC

Anyways, budget's around $150, preferably cheaper. I'd prefer something I can buy from a major online retailer, like Amazon or Newegg, not a special order from some website. Any suggestions?

ok i will keep it short and talk about cards only:

-The STX is now considered the best(199$) along side with HD titanium (168$) and some say the HT Omega Claro Halo for 249$)
and about the Creative HD its WAY better than older X-Fi (performance + Drivers stability) and they all have a built-in Headphone-AMP

BUT those are expensive for a 150$ budget

- i agree with (VW_TDI_02) the DX seems to be the best choice in the list you made you made

by the way why don't you take a brief look over Auzentech cards (e.g Forte 149$) great cards with stable drivers
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post #15 of 24
My only concern with the dx card is that you will love it so much, and can't believe how great it sounds, that you would want the stx. I'd get the stx on an open box deal if you are willing to be patient.

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Originally Posted by Crag;13389598 
by the way why don't you take a brief look over Auzentech cards (e.g Forte 149$) great cards with stable drivers

Hmm.... that looks like a good one too, reviews seem to put it in the middle ground between cards that excel at music and cards that excel at gaming.
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post #17 of 24
I just woke up, so if I skipped something, forgive me..but you're using AD700s and are looking for a sound card. You just need a Xonar DX. STX won't really amp your headphones since the AD700s are 32 ohms are work fine by themselves. In fact, I think AD700s work better out of the line out on the STX than the amp section anyway.

An external DAC might work very wll for you though, but you have to decide if you want to spend the money to go that route. I think it would be great for you because most of the games you play are not FPS oriented. The only game where you'll not benefit would be BFBC2 which from my experience it seems like only Creative cards can actually give you decent positioning from.

But the only reason to go Creative is if you value positional cues that much, which you don't.

So to get better music quality and overall game sound quality, you'll just be content with a DX or a Musiland Monitor 02 DAC for 120 dollars on ebay.
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Okay I've narrowed it down to either the NuForce Icon uDAC-2 or the Musiland Monitor 02... how do those two compare? (I was actually about to order the uDAC-2 on Amazon, and my internet went out temporarily... think it's a sign?tonguesmiley.gif)
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This thread has me seriously rethinking my audio setup :|
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post #20 of 24
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Originally Posted by Adappy;13396327 
Okay I've narrowed it down to either the NuForce Icon uDAC-2 or the Musiland Monitor 02... how do those two compare? (I was actually about to order the uDAC-2 on Amazon, and my internet went out temporarily... think it's a sign?tonguesmiley.gif)

Hate to throw you down a new path, but for 20 dollars more, a perhaps safer DAC to buy would be the Aune Mini MK2. It uses a PCM1793 I believe.

Some people complain the 02s opamps are crap. Personally, from what all my friends have said about the 02, it sounds great and would perhaps beat out the uDac-2 but the udac-2 isn't a bad DAC as well. You can't really go wrong with either at this point, but if I had to choose one, I'd take the MK2 probably.
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