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Out of these 2 which would you go for?

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-...rd-low-profile

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-...leton-live-pmp

It will be used for gaming and listening to music

Thanks
post #2 of 12
Do you play bf: BC2? If so, you should get a sound blaster titanium because the positional audio is horrible on the DX cards.

Also, what headset/headphones/speakers do you have?

Edit: Either way I guess I would choose the D2X because of the extra features the card has. D2X includes DTS Connect and Dolby Digital Live. The DX has only Dolby Digital Live.
Edited by UsedPaperclip - 7/21/11 at 2:20pm
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as above actually non is good for your needs (espically the D2X)

you have to get an X-Fi card , maybe the X-Fi Titanium or the Titanium HD

Xonars are meant for people who uses their PC for 60-80% for music and movies
    
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X2 on the Titanium HD.
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Ok thanks for the help guys - It will be 60% Music and 40% Gaming

Im more interested in sound quality for my music than gaming so would you still say get an X-Fi?
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Ok thanks for the help guys - It will be 60% Music and 40% Gaming

Im more interested in sound quality for my music than gaming so would you still say get an X-Fi?
In this case the Xonars are better, BUT they have bad peformance ONLY in BC2 so if you dont play that game then a Xonar DX will serve you well , or you have to stay with X-Fi

And IMO forget about the D2X , get this card if you do 90% or above Music
    
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D2X FTW!!! I loved this card when I had the opportunity to use it (friend has one). All this nonsense about directional sound being bad is bull too. Was fine for me. It also just made music... better :3.
    
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I just grabbed a Xonar DX after dealing with crap Creative 64 bit drivers I must say it is very refreshing experience.

These drivers are rock solid

This card requires external power, keeep that in mind, the playback sound that this card produces is phemnominal for the price they are asking for it.

The only chink in the armor I have found with it it does not have auto detection for your head set .....

Other than that the DX is a slam dunk IMHO

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My vote goes for the titanium. Dont get the HD, it might be the best, but its not worth the extra $100 over this Refurbished Titanium.

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My vote goes for the titanium. Dont get the HD, it might be the best, but its not worth the extra $100 over this Refurbished Titanium.

Amazon.com: Refurbished Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium PCI Express Sound Card: Electronics
What is it that makes the HD's better? Is it mainly just the output interface and the SNR (122dB vs. 109dB)?

If you had to put a number on it, at what price point for the non-HD's would you say screw it and say the extra price is worth the HD's?

$50 is hard to refuse for the titaniums. I'm pretty much ready to order that refurbished card, but don't want to sacrifice much in terms of quality/performance.
Edited by turbocharged - 7/22/11 at 6:51am
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