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I used to have X-Fi XtremeGamer + Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro (80 ohm impedance). It sounded great.

I got a Xonar STX, plugged in the trusty Beyers, and I was blown away. The built-in amp on the STX is nice if you have headphones with a higher impedance, and it sounds awesome.

I also have the STX driving a pair of M-Audio AV 40s and a 10" Polk sub. I'm very impressed. Caveat, I wouldn't consider myself an audiophile.

From all the reading I've done here, either the Titanium HD or the STX will do the trick for both music and gaming, with the HD being better for gaming.

I really like my Beyerdynamic DT770 Pros. My brother, who is deep in the headphone game gave them to me as a gift, and they are sweet.
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post #22 of 39
Tho it depends on the headphones, as not all headphones get the power they req from the STX's amp circuit. Tho that can be always fixed with a external headphone amp.

Op get the sound card that has the features you want and you can afford.
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post #23 of 39
Get either the Essence or the Titanium HD, Creative tends to take the edge for gaming, and ASUS for music.
I'm using the AD900s and the Essence right now, positional audio is great but for music the headphones leave a lot to be desired in the bass department.
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The general consensus is

Gaming: Creative Titanium HD
Music: ASUS Xonar Essence STX

Depends on what balance is more important to you
post #25 of 39
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Originally Posted by ArtanisK View Post
The general consensus is

Gaming: Creative Titanium HD
Music: ASUS Xonar Essence STX

Depends on what balance is more important to you
Except I own both and definitely use the TiHD for both music and gaming
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My general consensus is

Gaming: Creative Titanium HD
Music: ASUS Xonar Essence STX

Depends on what balance is more important to you
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stuff that i read in simcas thread but have no experience with, meaning that i have no idea if all i'm doing is spreading misinformation and that i shouldn't actually be posting:

Gaming: Creative Titanium HD
Music: ASUS Xonar Essence STX

Depends on what balance is more important to you
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Edited by cuad - 6/11/11 at 7:19pm
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post #28 of 39
Own both the Xonar STX and the titanium HD, Xonar definitely sound better with the built in headphone amp.
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Originally Posted by kevink82 View Post
Own both the Xonar STX and the titanium HD, Xonar definitely sound better with the built in headphone amp.
I own both as well and when connected to a dedicated headphone amp I prefer the Sound of the Titanium HD. STX's headphone amp can sound better when connected to a pair of phones that are hard to drive. Thankfully 300ohms works for the majority of the phones people here use.
Edited by Paradigm - 6/11/11 at 8:29pm
post #30 of 39
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Originally Posted by ArtanisK View Post
The general consensus is

Gaming: Creative Titanium HD
Music: ASUS Xonar Essence STX

Depends on what balance is more important to you
The only flaw to this is that the general consensus is based primary on mis-information and sheep mentality. While it's certainly debatable as to which of the 2 cards produces better audio quality, the majority of people I see here raving about how STX are the best for music either don't own them, and those that do have never Owned the Titanium HD. How then are they to make these outrageous claims and passing them off as hard facts.

I lean more towards having a personal preference for the Titanium HD's sound signature. This is based of my setup chain which includes a dedicated Headphones AMP with a variety of headphones ranging from HD650's down to ATH-AD700. With that being said, when people ask me personally which of the 3 cards are the better sounding, I usually tell them it will boil down to features and "Personal Preference"

Both cards sound fantastic for Music end of story.
Edited by Paradigm - 6/11/11 at 8:32pm
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