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post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by Jackeduphard View Post
If you want to have good music and a amp ... then i would go with this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829132020

i need pci-e slotted cards only. but thnx for the suggestion
post #12 of 14
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anyone know the comparisons between the Sounblaster Titanium and the Asus STX? what do i get for twice the price.
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anyone know the comparisons between the Sounblaster Titanium and the Asus STX? what do i get for twice the price.
The Titanium is an older X-fi card which competes with the Xonar DX/D1

The STX is better suited for a comparison to the Titanium HD. Both are stereo-only "audiophile" cards. They sound very similar in both music and gaming (though the Titanium HD will be better in BC2), but aside from being more expensive in most places the STX also includes a reasonably powerful headphone amplifier. They are probably two of the best internal sound cards out there.
post #14 of 14
I would suggest getting an X-Fi Forte over the X-Fi Bravura. I've used both cards and the Bravura is definitely better for music than games while the Forte is a great balance between both.

The Bravura is a software only card (there's no hardware acceleration) and it doesn't have a true X-Fi chip. Because of this it only has 1 standard audio mode, no treble or base adjustment (aside from the software equalizer), and all the X-Fi features (Crystalizer, CMSS-3D, etc...) are emulated by the driver software.

The Forte is a true X-Fi card, it's low profile, and it also has a built in headphone amp. The main advantages of the Bravura are that it has a 1/4 headphone jack, more changeable op-amps (I think the Forte only has 1), and the card reads speakers and headphones as 2 different audio devices (which means you can switch between them using software). They're both great cards and good value but I switched from the Bravura to the Forte and definitely don't regret it.
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