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I have been trying to get a sound card for my computer, my audio currently is from my onboard Asrock Extreme 3.

So I like gaming music and movies...who doesn't but I know in the following 3 years, life will be busy for me. I am an EE engineering student at A&M who is also going to be in their ROTC program so while in school, gaming will be at a minimum even during the summers. However I will game when I can.

I have a HD 555 which isn't top tier but I heard a good soundcard especially an amp can help it sound as it should. I don't have a 5.1 system, don't see myself getting one for a while. I might get a 2.1 system though in the near future but for now the HD 555 will be my primary audio source.

SO my question is, which one of these cards is the best at gaming, music and movies with emphasis i guess for now on (movies+music).

I am soo conflicted because newegg has a open box Essence for 139 USD
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nvm they are out of the open box
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Electrical engineering is pretty awesome. Ridiculously hard but rewarding. I think having an audio hobby will allow you to see certain applications of EE better so you'll understand it more. Experience from majoring in EE tells me that you shouldn't give up, ever. EE is not a major where you can let things slide because it'll bite you in the rear every time.

As for which card to take...I would say the Titanium HD. I have both the TiHD and the STX (similar to the ST) and I'll take the TiHD 4/5 times when I'm using the computer especially since I use my computer for mostly gaming nowadays. I do use the STX on occasion but I can't say the STX is a better sounding card than the TiHD with music. There are subtle differences if you try really hard but it's not all that different in the end. Whoever said the HD555 does better with an amplifier is either mistaken or has onboard audio. A decent sound card would drive those to their full potential. Having owned the HD595 for two years and tried it with and without amplification (both coming out of a Xonar D1), there's very little benefit to amplifying it, if at all.
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Electrical engineering is pretty awesome. Ridiculously hard but rewarding. I think having an audio hobby will allow you to see certain applications of EE better so you'll understand it more.

As for which card to take...I would say the Titanium HD. I have both the TiHD and the STX (similar to the ST) and I'll take the TiHD 4/5 times when I'm using the computer especially since I use my computer for mostly gaming nowadays. I do use the STX on occasion but I can't say the STX is a better sounding card than the TiHD with music. There are subtle differences if you try really hard but it's not all that different in the end. Whoever said the HD555 does better with an amplifier is either mistaken or has onboard audio. A decent sound card would drive those to their full potential. Having owned the HD595 for two years and tried it with and without amplification (both coming out of a Xonar D1), there's very little benefit to amplifying it, if at all.
Yeah I love knowing electronics and how the work. but goddamn EE has to be one of the toughest majors of all time. I really want to understand how we get sound, picture, from devices lol so I'm excited.

Why i was thinking the essence was because every review was praising it for having top tier music quality that is "at a league of its own". common consensus was that the gaming was a bit lacking.

How about the Claro OMega which is 199...a steep price...so is essence too, I'm not too confy spending 200 bucks on sound card...140ish will be ideal but 200 if its absolutely worth it.
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i spent 85% of my food money to get a forte and speakers this morning


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Just hang in there, man. EE is hard but it earns you a lot of respect down the road.

The Essence is a decent card, don't get me wrong. I just don't think it's worth the typically $50 more that it costs than the Titanium HD.
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Just hang in there, man. EE is hard but it earns you a lot of respect down the road.

The Essence is a decent card, don't get me wrong. I just don't think it's worth the typically $50 more that it costs than the Titanium HD.
Yeah I can get the TiHD for liek 139 on Amazon.
Does it have a front panel header connection? can it process DTS and dolby like the Essence and Claro HT can?

Some sites are stating it has headphone amp, others say it doesnt. It looks like I might settle for the TiHD
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yes me too i think that the HD will be better for you since you do some gaming so the HD will really aid you well
    
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Yeah I can get the TiHD for liek 139 on Amazon.
Does it have a front panel header connection? can it process DTS and dolby like the Essence and Claro HT can?

Some sites are stating it has headphone amp, others say it doesnt. It looks like I might settle for the TiHD
It has Dolby Digital Live and DTS Connect. Product link.

It does not have a headphone amp.
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any words on a front panel header?
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