Some say the Xonar and Essence cards are better in music playback than the Titanium HD,
I still own my STX, yet in the end I swaped it out for the Titanium HD since this card was able to provide me with the best of both worlds(MUSIC/GAME). Gaming on the Creative proved to be better in the majority amongst the wide assortment of of games I played. I know this well considering I have had almost 2 years of gaming experience previously on my STX.
All these benfits while still maintaining the same quality 2 channel audio playback as my STX. I also prefer the default OPAMPS in the HD over the STX but this is a moot point since I swapped out the I/V OPAMPS in both my 2 cards.
In the END both cards are neck to neck in 2 channel audio playback. Whatever differences there are will become a matter of personal preference.
Oh and the Titanium HD only has Drivers for WIN 7 which have been rock solid. I would not have purchased the Titanium HD had the drivers suffered the same poor quality as the previous generation of creative cards.
Edited by Paradigm - 5/13/11 at 4:57am