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I wanted to get a sound card and a pair of headphones to go with it. I got curious on all these talk about hi-fi and wanted to see what it will bring me. These are not high end in general but the best out here.
Shopping around I found that prices here are very different from the US.

I'm looking at
Titanium (non-HD) - $143
Titanium HD - $286
Xonar Essence STX - $205

My requirements when I began researching was to get a higher audio output from my PS3 (SPDIF connection + analog out on the sound card for 5.1 on crappy speakers going by this board), unfortunately I found that for sound cards, the above 3 are my only decent choice (The rest are lower end creative cards including audigy). And since I'm gaming less and less (Still do alot of WoW but I play that with in-game audio off and music turned on) I would say the use for hi-fi would be 90% music/10% games. Non Hi-Fi use 50% music/40% movies (mostly HDTV recordings)/10% games. So the SPDIF while a feature I really wanted is also a feature I will have little use on. Blu-ray movies I watch rarely, I watched 2 last year.

I wanted a D2/X but can't find 1 in my country. Neither can I find an H5 add-on to go with the ST. So the ST/X will be stand alone.

Planning to pair it with the SRH840 headphones for $197. I think I'm pretty much fixed on this. My music includes classical, pop, and a bunch of orchestra and a few rock (<10). No Metal, or anything louder than pop. My other headphone options include:

ATH-A700 - $238 (back order, I was able to get the price but I'm not confident I can get these)
M50 - $210
HD558 - $238
HD598 - $358 (This is way above my budget but this is the highest end I can find in my country)

Currently I'm leaning heavily on the STX. With my choice of headphones, I think this will be the best match.

My questions
1.) Would having the SPDIF in on the Titanium HD worth $81?
2.) Will the SRH840 be a good fit for the Titanium? This will satisfy all conditions (SPDIF, 5.1, headphones). But I don't think this is optimal for the headphones.
3.) Is there a way to make the STX or another way for my computer to accept SPDIF?
4.) Comments/suggestions on the headphones/sound cards/overall?

General feedback are welcome too. I'm new to this and wanted to get a discussion going with the above info. I could check if there are decent amps here if I'm going for the Titanium but I don't think I can fit that in my budget right now.

Edit:
Forgot, requirements for the headphones is for the cord to be removable. After breaking a lot of sub $30 headphones by stepping on the cord, sudden movement and other ways to dislocate the cord from the headphones. I wanted 1 that will release on pressure instead of breaking the wires. So that means the A700 and the M50 are pretty much out.
I can get Bose AE2, but at $238, I don't think they are worth the cost even with the 1year warranty and a service center within my area.

My speakers are Logitech X540. Did not realize the speakers don't show on the sig.
Edited by Famia - 8/1/11 at 11:26am
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Well since music is the priority then the Xonar STX is the one, the Titanium HD is good for music but if you are not a gamer you cant justify it.
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sure that you know bothe Titanium HD and the STX are only 2 channels , right?

And about the SPIDF if it worth that money , it's all about your needs for it , althogh IMO it does not worth that 80$

And in overall the HD is slightly better than the STX , most in gaming , but considering the prices you got i will go for the STX
    
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Yea, I know that the HD and STX are both 2 channels. I was thinking more of channeling the SPDIF sound through the headphones instead. That might still sound better than what I have right now.
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Id get the STX and a good pair of cans
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the sound on the Xonar seems to be so much crisper than the Creative sounds Counterparts.
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You can't go wrong with an STX and ATH-A700. I got the same setup, and I love it!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Havokr505 View Post
the sound on the Xonar seems to be so much crisper than the Creative sounds Counterparts.
This is a blanket statement and doesn't apply to all cards.
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Whichever one suits you. Honestly, hardware wise they perform neck-to-neck. You'd be hardpressed to find a difference. In my opinion though, I found the STX to be a bit flat (but maybe some of you like that), and the Creative's sound signature to be more prominent to my tastes. It basically boils down to brand preference (if applicable), software features, and aesthetics of the card. Like I said, the SQ is judgmental and on paper both should perform on par with the other. If you have the money buy both and return the one you don't like, that's what I would recommend.

EDIT: I just saw the prices for the cards. Get the STX in that case. It might not be worth the pay the extra $81 for the HD. However, the $50 above the Titanium is totally worth it. The SQ is a world of difference, especially with headphones. The above comparison still applies though if you can get them for around the same price and maybe even still at that price point. It all depends on you

EDIT 2: Also the STX DOES support S/PDIF out. Just to let you know
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Looks like I'll get the STX.

Still negotiating with the seller. I'll update my impressions when I got it.

Thanks all.
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