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post #1 of 12
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Does seem like there are many PCI-E sound cards.. as they are all PCI.

Any recommendations (pros/cons) of any for music (alternative rock mainly) and gaming? I have the ASUS STX in mind. If it helps any, I'm upgrading from a XtremeGamer.
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post #2 of 12
Budget? Xonar DX is a good budget card.
Edited by UsedPaperclip - 5/28/11 at 12:04pm
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Budget probably $200 max. I don't see the use of going any higher as the improvements become marginal.
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post #4 of 12
I would definitely go for the xonar d2x, my buddy has one and it sounds amazing.
post #5 of 12
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I hear the D2X is better for 5.1+ and the STX is better for headphones?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Blizzie View Post
I hear the D2X is better for 5.1+ and the STX is better for headphones?
No, the D2X offers 5.1. STX does not. You would need the PCI ST version to use 5.1 unless you use optical on the STX.

Check out the most recommended products thread in my sig.

Should also consider an external DAC if you're into music rather than gaming.
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post #7 of 12
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I will take a look in a bit at your thread.

What do you feel about ATH700 with STX?

Also, I thought X-Fi Titanium HD was similar to XtremeGamer?
Edited by Blizzie - 5/28/11 at 12:52pm
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post #8 of 12
It's a good match.

The Titanium HD is closer to the STX in terms of quality. Swappable opamps and headphone amp as well.
    
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post #9 of 12
The Titanium HD has a "headphone out" not headphone amp. It can handle headphones well with impedance needs up to 330 ohms.
post #10 of 12
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The Ti HD doesn't use an external power like the STX and the molex.. Hmm. I would need to sleeve a molex extension.

Quote:
Originally Posted by chalkbluffgrown View Post
The Titanium HD has a "headphone out" not headphone amp. It can handle headphones well with impedance needs up to 330 ohms.
I will be using them with ATH700s. I don't know much about sound, so don't really know what you mean.
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