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Really? Strange because this company lists it as a 7.1 card
http://www.sybaritic.co.za/store/pro...ducts_id=25280

Does the creative also simulate surround for headphones? That's kind of what I need. If I were to plug in my PC360 to it it would give me that Dolby Headphone simulated surround?
To the first one, seems odd. When I bought it, the item descriptions that it was intended for 2.1/headphones. Most other sites list it as "Virtual 7.1 surround" which means simulated I assume. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829132010

To the second question, yes. I just recently ordered a PC360 and plan on using it in conjunction with my Xonar ST and Dolby Headphone to simulate surround in games
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Xonar STX(only have free PCIX slot) or Titanium HD?
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Creative cards let you use CMSS3D, a different technology than DH, but with similar results. Many seem to think it's better for gaming whereas DH is better for simulating actual surround (e.g. 5.1 in movies).
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Xonar STX(only have free PCIX slot) or Titanium HD?
Whichever is cheaper, so probably HD.
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Well I can get the STX locally for about $170 whereas I'd have to order the HD off ebay for $158 + $30 shipping. So if the creative is really better then the STX I'd gladly go for it.
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Well I can get the STX locally for about $170 whereas I'd have to order the HD off ebay for $158 + $30 shipping. So if the creative is really better then the STX I'd gladly go for it.
Better in a few games, but I'd say they're about even for music.
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Better in a few games, but I'd say they're about even for music.
Well I'm not a huge PC gamer in terms of variety of titles. I mostly pay COD4/BO competitively but I do play a bit of Metro 2033 etc...
I heard the STX has major issues with BC2. But that they are fixing them for BF3.

Does age matter in these soundcards? I mean the HD came out toward the end of last year around november december whereas the STX is over 2 years old now.
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Does age matter in these soundcards? I mean the HD came out toward the end of last year around november december whereas the STX is over 2 years old now.
Not at all. Sound cards age much better than GPUs. The STX is a strictly "audiophile" music-oriented card. One thing it has that the HD doesn't is a dedicated headphone amp. I've seen people power HD 600/650s quite nicely with the STX. So if you ever want to get high impedance phones, the STX would be a better deal.

As for gaming, BC2 is the only game I've heard the Xonars/Essence have issues with. Even then, I found a configuration that's worked very nicely for my Xonar in BC2.
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Yeah, the xonar/BC2 issues are a bit overblown if you ask me. Every so often though someone claims it's a night/day difference though and suddenly they're going 5/12 now just because they cant hear footsteps as accurately or somesuch, but I dont seem to be having issues. I can really vouch for the usefulness of the headphone amp though. Even with my ATH-M50s, which is an easy set of cans to drive, I feel the SQ benefits from the amp.
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