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Hey guys, I know this question has been asked a million times, but I'm new to the audio game. Looking to get a new sound card and plan on using the Audio Technica ATH-A700s (closed ear).

The Creative X-Fi Titanium HD and the Auzentech Forte are both 135USD on Amazon, which one should I get? I only use headphones, only game, and don't even listen to music on my computer.

Are there other cards I should consider for around that price range? Not looking to spend over 160USD on a sound card TBH.
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Hey guys, I know this question has been asked a million times, but I'm new to the audio game. Looking to get a new sound card and plan on using the Audio Technica ATH-A700s (closed ear).

The Creative X-Fi Titanium HD and the Auzentech Forte are both 135USD on Amazon, which one should I get? I only use headphones, only game, and don't even listen to music on my computer.

Are there other cards I should consider for around that price range? Not looking to spend over 160USD on a sound card TBH.
Compared to the Forte, the Titanium HD has very few driver problems. The Forte' cards have a tendency to die after a year.

The Forte cards have not had a driver update in quite a while.

On the other side, the Forte has a headphone amp, the Titanium HD has a "headphone out."
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I think the Creative X-Fi Titanium HD is the best for gamers currently. Heard about driver problems though.
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post #4 of 16
i have the x-fi audo and love it with my hpa2's.
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just get a USB headset lol
    
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just get a USB headset lol
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No, really. why waste money on a soundcard if you aren't even going to use your speakers.
    
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just get a USB headset lol
Why get an USB headset?
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No, really. why waste money on a soundcard if you aren't even going to use your speakers.
I'm really tempted to just post the picture again.

A USB headset IS a sound card. A USB headset is a pair of headphones with a crappy USB sound card built into the cord. You know, kind of like how motherboards have crappy graphics built into them. I'm sure you'd agree that onboard graphics aren't good enough for gaming. A lot of sound cards are built specifically for headphones, such as the Xonar STX, which has an integrated headphone amp. Sound cards aren't just for speakers.

Buying a real sound card and a real pair of headphones will sound much, much better compared to a USB piece of crap.
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post #10 of 16
a700 are 60ohms the creative sound card can do that ez the forta is better but not for gameing. No matter what u get now , i would recommend a pci-e slot card, pci is beening phazed out like ps2 connections, to bad i wount beable to use keyboard 1995 is when i got it and 3-4 usb keybaord that failed after this keeps going.
But ya you will hear i big diffence in sound so ppl like creatives cristilzer if trys to bring back sounds losses in compression helps to hear ppl behind you in bc2.
My dt 770s are 250ohms the creative cant push them i have to hook up the recever to get good sound but man that bass, I love it.
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