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IS it worth upgrading my Sounblaster card?

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Hi All,

Long time lurker, first time poster.

I'm about to start making some improvements to my current rig. But aside from a new graphics card and one of the things i've been toying with is upgrading my soundcard - currently a Soundbalster X-Fi and I can't say i've ever been blown away by it. I only use this machine for games (music etc handled by my mac) and lister 50/50 with either a pair of Senheisser 595's or currently a pair of B&WMM1 speakers (which in fairness I don't think are better musically than they are for dialouge / SFX so I might be looking to change them as well). I'm not going to move to 5.1 or 2.1 it'll just be drive headphones and a pair of speakers.

Anyway I've been considering the X-Fi Titanium HD, my question is do you think it's a worth while upgrade, will it improve my audio experience enough to justify the cost? I know only I can ever be the judge but if anyone has any experience i'd be very greatful.

Thanks.
post #2 of 17
>Sounblaster
>Soundbalster X-Fi

sorry I just found this humourous x.X

also, imo not worth it. Sound quality in sound cards doesn't really increase over time...
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I think it well worth it to upgrade. I found nuances to tracks I have listened to for over 25 years that I just never knew were there. Timber, depth, and clarity just wowed my ears on speakers and my JVC HA-RX900 headphones.

Well worth the Titanium Fatal1ty Champion to Titanium HD upgrade for me.

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I think it well worth it to upgrade. I found nuances to tracks I have listened to for over 25 years that I just never knew were there. Timber, depth, and clarity just wowed my ears on speakers and my JVC HA-RX900 headphones.

Well worth the Titanium Fatal1ty Champion to Titanium HD upgrade for me.

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Well he said the machine is just for games.. his mac is for music.

So i see no point if its just for games.
    
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post #5 of 17
A good sound card improves games as much as it does music. I spent the last three days switching between onboard and my X-Fi Titanium HD. Onboard is awful and compressed. What a waste to say the least.

The by-product of getting a card like the Titanium HD or even an ASUS Essence or DX if you are going the cheap route, is that music, movies and games all improve.
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I fail to see how movies can improve with a stereo output.
post #7 of 17
Spoony,

Every time I read something you write, I pray for you.

Do you know the meaning of the words, "Dynamic Range,""muffled," or "compressed?"

The answer to this is obviously no.

If you do not understand these things, stick with onboard sound.

If you have ever been to a movie theater, have you watched a film in a budget auditorium? The dollar show as it is known? These theaters usually use one center speaker upfront and a few surround speakers on the wall. They usually do not have proper sound processing decks in the booth.

Wait you already know about that.......its called "dolby" something or another. The movie sounds flat because it lacks depth, impact, and clarity. There is no imaging whatsoever.

You really perplex me. I dislike your opinions and lack of knowledge. I do respect your right to have them and I feel sorry for you.
post #8 of 17
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Spoony,

Every time I read something you write, I pray for you.

Do you know the meaning of the words, "Dynamic Range,""muffled," or "compressed?"

The answer to this is obviously no.

If you do not understand these things, stick with onboard sound.

If you have ever been to a movie theater, have you watched a film in a budget auditorium? The dollar show as it is known? These theaters usually use one center speaker upfront and a few surround speakers on the wall. They usually do not have proper sound processing decks in the booth.

Wait you already know about that.......its called "dolby" something or another. The movie sounds flat because it lacks depth, impact, and clarity. There is no imaging whatsoever.

You really perplex me. I dislike your opinions and lack of knowledge. I do respect your right to have them and I feel sorry for you.
I don't have a onboard. But I do have something called PCMC1796.pdf
Mmmm wait dynamic range 123 snr 123 channel suppresion 119

Think you need to go check the difference between the two mate ^there you go up there
post #9 of 17
Thank you, you gave me one more hysterical laugh before bed.

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Thank you, you gave me one more hysterical laugh before bed.

why are you sitting in the bath?

The op has a sb Xfi card why are you comparing you card with a onboard btw?
Shouldn't you be comparing it between your card and his card and tell him if you hear the difference? Between his card and the Titanium I fail to see where he will hear the difference in movies. And please tell me how you get surround sound over the Titanium with 5.1 speakers I love to know
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