Originally Posted by Chucklez
Well the main reason I picked the Titanium HD because I have read its very good for games and helping with soundstage, is there a soundcard that can run those headphones better and still be good for gaming? Because this is the main purpose of this purchase.
I think you should more consider if there's a better headphone for the Titanium HD. In terms of gaming, the Titanium HD is IMO as good as it gets. Its only downside is that it doesn't have a headphone amplifier. However, even if it did (like the Xonar ST/STX), I wouldn't use it anyway because there are far better solutions out there.
Originally Posted by edo101
Dang I might have settled for a Xonar essence then since it has dedicated headphone amps. I am quite content with the titanium HD, thanks for the recommendation, I'm hearing stuff in some of my songs that I didn't know existed and its crisp and clear...wish it had an amp, but you say HD 555 doesn't need an amp?
No, the HD555 does not need an amplifier. No matter how good an amplifier you get with the HD555/595 or the AD700, it won't change the nature of the headphone and will give you minimal to no improvement.
The difference between those two is quite large. I don't trust the Forte because Auzentech can't seem to make a reliable product and support it. In fact, I don't think I've seen the Forte come back in stock for almost a year.
The HT Omega is a decent sound card but for some reason uses a 3.5 mm mini-jack instead of a 6.3 mm jack like on the Essence ST/STX. It's still a serious card and it uses the same DSP as the Xonar line but the drivers look and feel ancient. I remember my old Abit KN8 Ultra (from the Socket 939 Athlon64 days) that had a C-Media AC97 codec that used almost the exact same drivers as the HT Omega Claro Halo, which I've heard extensively.