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So I ordered my AD700 headphones and Zalman mic this weekend, but after extensive research I have found myself at a stalemate with my wallet over whether or not I can justify the price of the Creative Titanium HD sound card.

The main driving force behind this is the fact that DX10/11 doesn't support hardware audio acceleration. To me, this seems to indicate that a high-end sound card isn't nearly as worth it as it maybe once was.

I still want a X-Fi sound card so that I can use the 5.1 emulation rather than pure stereo, but is spending $140 on the Titanium HD even really worth it?

Personally I really want to give the Auzentech Forte a try, because it is cheaper and has a built in headphone amp. The only thing really holding me back is the reliablilty problems that people seem to have. Anybody know which component is actually failing?

The Asus Xonar DX really catches my eye as well, but I really don't need the BC2 issues that everyone talks about because that is the primary game that I play....and come October that will change to BF3.

Then you have the Creative Titanium (non-HD) whcih I have an offer to buy one used for $50 shipped or refurbished for $50+shipping. It still has the X-Fi chip and the same software. It is hard to believe that spending the extra $90 on the HD will net me any appreciable difference in DX10/11 games.

I really want to order something today, but I can't figure this out.
Edited by turbocharged - 7/31/11 at 7:24am
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If you're not big on audio quality, you shouldn't get the Titanium HD.
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post #3 of 27
Well put it this way.
When do you think is the next time you will upgrade your sound card?
Sound cards have pretty much hit a wall in terms of what they can do (as far as I can tell).

The sound card I have on the way has been around the same price since two years ago.

Anyway, I think if you were to invest on a sound card it might as well be a very nice one.
It's going to last you for several years.
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My question is more about will it be worth the extra cost purely in games since games no longer support hardware acceleration?

I do care about audio quality but have never used a sound card because my previous headsets were USB. I recently plugged my Gamecom 777's into my onboard and the sound was much worse in both music and games than the Plantronics USB (Dolby 5.1) interface.

If the titanium HD will sound something like 20% better than the titanium or auzentech forte in games, then I have no problems. If the increase in quality is less than 5% then I see no reason to spend the extra money.

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I think that the new revision of the X-Fi Forte has fixed the reliability problems with the card. All new Forte's have a heatsink on the X-Fi chip and are shielded properly so they won't have grounding issues with the case.

I bought a Forte a few months ago and absolutely love it. You can also upgrade the op-amp on the Forte to change the sound signature of the card which you can't do with the Titanium HD.
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Forte is sounding better and better. Save $30 and get a headphone amp.
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Is OpenAL not hardware acceleration ? thats what games use now, and I'm pretty sure sound cards can take advantage of that.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ned99 View Post
I think that the new revision of the X-Fi Forte has fixed the reliability problems with the card. All new Forte's have a heatsink on the X-Fi chip and are shielded properly so they won't have grounding issues with the case.

I bought a Forte a few months ago and absolutely love it. You can also upgrade the op-amp on the Forte to change the sound signature of the card which you can't do with the Titanium HD.
Huh? The Titanium HD DOES have swappable opamps.

Quote:
Originally Posted by turbocharged View Post
Forte is sounding better and better. Save $30 and get a headphone amp.
It's not a good headphone amplifier though. I STILL don't trust Auzentech's customer service or reliability.
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post #9 of 27
Upped to a Titanium HD from my old ExtremeAudio, and I could not be more happy.
Just grabbed a set of Klipsch Promedia's today, and am even happier yet.
Wait...dammit.
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post #10 of 27
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Well I did it...just ordered my Titanium HD sound card. Spent an extra $5 and got it from newegg since they dropped their price.

Sent from my LG G2x
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