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Well it's certainly possible I guess. I haven't heard that chip so I can't definitively say. Have you ever had any problems with background noise or anything like that? I tried looking around for more detailed information and specs but came up empty handed.
All the weird audio quirks on my computer have come from my sound cards. With both of my STXs, I had horrible background white noise at 44100KHz, my old SIIG Soundwave 7.1 PCI didn't get along with my GPU. My current X-Fi Titanium HD occasionally gives me this weird glitch while using Foobar2000 or xfire. My Xonar DG and Titanium Fatal1ty Pro along with the rest of my cards all had this weird behavior where if I set my volume under 6% or so, I wouldn't hear any sound at all.

My lovely ALC889 has never let me down, though.
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Unfortunately, this is where comments like cuads mean nothing, even if he HAS used the STX and Titanium HD.

Whether HE can hear the difference is insubstantial. It's whether YOU can hear the difference and as you've posted and others have as well, the difference is substantial TO THEM and that's all that matters with audio equipment. You've all heard what a sound card can do for you so enjoy.

I'm going to add this thread to my other thread as an example of people being happy with a sound card upgrade.
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post #33 of 40
I stopped using sound cards as soon as I started to use HDMI for sound. It's digital, has no benefits and doesn't need the same type of processing that analog does.

Definitely an upgrade if your speakers only support analog though.
Edited by Murlocke - 5/13/11 at 6:12pm
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post #34 of 40
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I stopped using sound cards as soon as I started to use HDMI for sound. It's digital, has no benefits and doesn't need the same type of processing that analog does.
That requires you have a receiver capable of processing the digital signal. Something still has to be doing the conversion.
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Unfortunately, this is where comments like cuads mean nothing, even if he HAS used the STX and Titanium HD.

Whether HE can hear the difference is insubstantial. It's whether YOU can hear the difference and as you've posted and others have as well, the difference is substantial TO THEM and that's all that matters with audio equipment. You've all heard what a sound card can do for you so enjoy.

I'm going to add this thread to my other thread as an example of people being happy with a sound card upgrade.
The only thing this thread is an example of is that ignorance is bliss. Using entertainment mode... c'mon!
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The only thing this thread is an example of is that ignorance is bliss. Using entertainment mode... c'mon!
Some people use the equalizer to make music sound the way they like.

IMO, they're actually BETTER OFF without things like "entertainment mode" on, but they should be the ones to say and choose what sounds best to them. It's not something for us to tell them it sounds better or does not, especially when a large amount of people have actually tried the products and know first hand if it makes a difference or not.
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post #37 of 40
When I went from onboard to my HT Omega Claro Plus, the difference was unreal. The clearness, the fullness, it brought every kind of audio to life. I did a test and went back to onboard and then I realized how crap it really was. Just that I was used to it.
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I am getting an essence stx soon.

I'm glad to hear you had no trouble with the creative drivers
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Does it make a difference in headphones?
CMSS-3D is a must for me now, I hate gaming on headphones without some sort of HRTF for games that can benefit from accurate positional audio
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The only thing this thread is an example of is that ignorance is bliss. Using entertainment mode... c'mon!
I like ketchup on potato chips. Does that mean I'm demonstrating that ignorance is bliss because I'm not enjoying pure potato chips?

My point is that it doesn't matter what others think, just as long as you like it.
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