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The positional audio is not as great as the creative cards, however the DX is still a great card for the money. I have hardware sound enabled in WOW and have had no problems, havent really monitored whether or not it actually effects performance or not, but im not really concerned with that .

Ive heard great things about the Titanium, personally I went for the DX and havent looked back, its a great card and offers exceptional quality for the price you pay. The drivers work great, and I havent had any issues.

The biggest gripe most people have is having to switch from rear audio to front panel audio manually through the software, personally I like that feature. Good luck with your choice
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Originally Posted by iamwardicus View Post
How is the positional audio on the Xonar cards? Also, slightly more random, but can you enable Hardware sound in World of Warcraft with a Xonar card? I'm reading the Titanium HD works fairly well in Windows 7 and has excellent positional audio, but if the difference between it and a Xonar is negligible I'll just ask for the Xonar
The positioning in some games between the Titanium HD and the Xonar cards can be pretty substantial (heavily in favor of the X-Fi cards). I absolutely refuse to play games like Battlefield on my Xonar cards. I own a Titanium HD, an Essence STX and a Xonar D1 and have owned an X-Fi XtremeMusic previously. The X-Fi cards were easily better than the Xonars in BC2 when using headphones.
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You guys have all been most helpful! Thanks for all the great input
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