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Astra Amp

CMSS 3D is Dolby. It simulates 5.1 on stereo speakers. Just plain old DTS Interactive rebadged by Creative.
And wrong. Both are completely different surround DSP technologies made by different companies. Surround sound DSPs != just Dolby. There are many out there. CMSS-3D is a mix of Sensaura (e.g. MacroFX, ElevationFilter) and Aureal 3D tech. Dolby Headphone was licensed by Dolby off an Australian company (name escapes me atm).

EDIT: Lake Technology is the company.

More info on how Creative effectively killed off better surround sound in gaming in 2003: (top voted post) http://www.reddit.com/r/science/comm...ly_watch_this/

the final nails in the coffin was then struck with the introduction of the new audio kernel WASAPI that came with Vista (and later Windows) and the console-isation of PC games.
post #22 of 24
I second the OP's question. I own both the Asus DX and D2X paired with Z-2300 and Z-5500 but I want to know if there's something better for the buck, likewise budget doesn't matter. Yeah I want an upgrade from those two but I don't want to make another thread with the same question

It's hard to decide when there's many different preferences.
Edited by Kiros - 5/15/11 at 9:30pm
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Sure but the general consensus is that Creative still does it better.
I came from the good ol Titanium, then tried the Titanium HD and Xense. It kind of seemed odd to me that the Titanium HD didn't require and external power source. The Xense needs a four pin molex connector to run.

Another great advantage for me was that I already had the Logitech Z5500's and being able to hookup up to 7.1 speakers in analog mode was important. When using an optical connection to those speakers, the DAC built into the speaker pod is used instead of using our sound cards which is way better that the one in the Logitech speaker hub. It sounds much better this way for me. Those coupled with the headphone amp and cans made it the perfect all in one solution for my needs.

As far as positional audio they both support the OpenAL API used in most games today. Gone are the days of Creative's proprietary EAX api, and thats their own damn fault. Imo the Xense just sounds so much better all around. Also the simulated 7.1 mode works great with my 5.1 speakers and even with headphones.

I loved this thing in it's day!
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I came from the good ol Titanium, then tried the Titanium HD and Xense. It kind of seemed odd to me that the Titanium HD didn't require and external power source. The Xense needs a four pin molex connector to run.
If you look at the Titanium HD there is a space that would quite clearly accomodate both a 4 pin and a floppy connector with out issue. It looks as if they decided not to go with it, or the X-FI's previous designs simply did not necessitate it.



Look at the top left of the card, and you can see where it "would have gone."
Edited by chalkbluffgrown - 5/17/11 at 6:55pm
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