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I did more testing. Seems the lack of bass was partially caused by my 3D vision glasses. The bass is stronger when the headphone cups are sealed against my head (without 3D vision glasses). Main reason for low bass was low volume. LOL. Higher volume increases bass ... a lot.

Now, running my DT 880 directly from the on-board speaker out and bass sounds good at high volume. Everything sounds good. I'm hearing new sounds that I've never heard on my 2.1 Logitech Z3 speakers.
Edited by Partol - 7/11/11 at 9:46am
     
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Received my new Creative Titanium HD today. Installed it in the PCI-e x1 slot directly under my graphics card. fortunately, the sound card is short and does not block the graphics card fan.

Went into bios, disabled on-board sound, restarted, uninstalled on-board VIA drivers, restart again. Next, inserted Creative cd, installed everything and ran the auto update. Then, connect headphones to headphones out and finally hear sound.

My Impressions:

Creative control panel (game mode) is nice. It's simple and everything is easy to find. Have not yet tried other modes. I prefer game mode since this card will be used mainly for gaming.

Was very happy to find "Bass Boost". After a small bass boost, my DT 880 headphones sound perfect for my tastes. Do not like the X-Fi Crystalizer. Too much mid's and high's for the DT 880.

CMSS-3D is only a little better than just stereo. It's an interesting, fun effect. I do like how voices sound. Regular stereo audio is a little boring in comparison.

At first, I did not like EAX. It muffles the sound if the sound is distant but, on second thought, this is acutally realistic. I think for competitive multi-player games, EAX should be off, in order to hear through walls, doors.

With EAX on (tested in doom3-the dark mod using alchemy), sounds through doors and walls are muffled. But that's realistic. Without EAX, I can clearly hear a person cough, upstairs, beyond a closed door. It's like I have bionic ears. LOL

I give thumbs up for CMSS3.0-3D + EAX but some people may not like it.

Music sounds more refinded: no harshness at all, well balanced lows/mids/highs, very clear/pure sound, and no glitches. In the 2 days that I tested my DT 880's with VIA sound, I heared an audio glitch every 30min-1hour or so. Nothing major. just a very brief sound similiar to scratching fingernails on cardboard. That's gone now.

For me, the headphones are the biggest audio improvement. The sound card is only the icing on the cake. But it's really delicious icing.

I am embarrased to admit using on-board sound and cheap speakers since 2004. Almost want to replay some games to hear how they sound. In games, I now listen to background music and actually enjoy it. Before these headphones, I never paid much attention to background (atmospheric) music/sound.

Hope you enjoyed my review.
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congrats on the new setup. i find my DT770's to sound much better without CMSS or Crystalyzer enabled. also i suggest trying subtle adjustments with the EQ instead of using the bass boost function, that way you can fine-tune the sound to your liking.
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post #14 of 19
May want to consider the Xonar ST(X) if you're going to opt for higher impedance cans like the 250 ohm 770s. The ST(X) has a built in headphone amp that can power cans up to 600 ohms. I was able to pick up an ST for 150$ brand new open box, the STX would be even cheaper.

Also the ATH-M50 by Audio Technica is a very highly regarded set of cans for bass lovers. Mine arrive tomorrow

Oh never mind, read the rest of the thread. Disregard.
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The Titanium HD does a fine job driving my non-pro DT 880's (250 ohm).

volume is currently at 26% and it's quite loud. More than 30% volume sometimes hurts my ears.

I'll make a custom EQ setting tomorrow.
     
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I've been using Astro A40's for almost 2 years between my 360, and my PC and I love them. 2 years old, still kickin' like their new, and their 5.1, the newer headsets are 7.1. I do believe, either way, the mixamp it comes with rocks, (can switch between voice, or game, or a mixture of both.) sound control rocks on them as well, if your looking to spend some cash, they're WELL worth the money in my opinion.

Edit - Plus you can either hook them up directly to your PC or use the mixamp and Fiber Optic out, or just hooking them up to just about any console, (expect for the Wii I think.. lol) many options and great sound and amazing boom mic for the cash.
 
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congrats on snagging some awesome headphones!
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Originally Posted by Partol View Post
The Titanium HD does a fine job driving my non-pro DT 880's (250 ohm).

volume is currently at 26% and it's quite loud. More than 30% volume sometimes hurts my ears.

I'll make a custom EQ setting tomorrow.
It's not about volume, it's about driving the headphones properly via voltage. Without a dedicated headphone amp, you won't be able to drive the headphones properly. Amping isn't about volume for high impedance headphones, it's about supplying enough voltage.
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It's not about volume, it's about driving the headphones properly via voltage. Without a dedicated headphone amp, you won't be able to drive the headphones properly. Amping isn't about volume for high impedance headphones, it's about supplying enough voltage.
Other than volume, what are the benefits of a dedicated headphone amp?

I can adjust the Equalizer if some audio frequencies are poorly amplified at default settings.
     
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