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so im goona be picking up another sound card for my dad's computer and i was wondering if should try something new this time instead of asus. I've heard and read that the HT Omega claro series are almost identical to Asus, but has less of a driver issue?

edit: getting a bit impulsive and might want to run out and buy something to tinker with so added titanium hd to list
Edited by mistax - 8/3/11 at 12:53pm
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HT Omega are more into strict Audio than the Xonar or even creative , having usually better Hardware (cercuits , HiFi AMP , high quality OP-AMPs) and usually more I/O Ports

So if the card is going to be used for 90~100% for Music then HT Omega all the way , they are all PCI
Althogh the have a GUI that feels from WIN 95, but yeah the have good drivers
If not as above get the PCIe STX
    
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Usually better hardware? Hmm....not really certain of that. The last time I swapped opamps on the Claro Halo I remember they used the same JRC2114D as a stock Essence STX for the I/V functions and I believe the 4580 for the buffer (which I think is a lower end opamp than the LM4562NA used on the STX). The driver GUI is indeed very antiquated and instead of using a setting in the drivers to change the gain, the Claro Halo uses jumpers instead (which I guess is fine since my tube amp does that too).

HT Omega also does have a PCI-Express card called the eClaro but it's $190 or so.
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added titanium HD to the list. Dad will mostly use it for movie/music/ and possibly games
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the HD all the way , forget about the other cards , the Titanium HD will serve well since there is some gaming
    
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If you are a hardcore Audiophile with awesome stereo speakers you want to take advantage of : Asus Essense STX

If you want an above average music experience, same with movies, but optimised for gaming, get the Titanium HD, depends on what you use the speakers most of the time for. If you are using surround now or in the future, get the Titanium HD, I have the Essense and it definitely isn't made for 5.1/6.1/7.1.
    
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Originally Posted by sloppyjoe123 View Post
If you are a hardcore Audiophile with awesome stereo speakers you want to take advantage of : Asus Essense STX

If you want an above average music experience, same with movies, but optimised for gaming, get the Titanium HD, depends on what you use the speakers most of the time for. If you are using surround now or in the future, get the Titanium HD, I have the Essense and it definitely isn't made for 5.1/6.1/7.1.
I dont want to talk much here , but i dont think that the HD performs average in music comparing to the STX , the perform equalliy ,
    
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I have a titanium HD- the GUI is terrible. I recently had a situation where I use the front panel audio and was messing with the mic mixing and there were 2 different mics to choose from- directly on the card, and the front panel mic input. So instead of having to plug directly into the card, I wanted to plug it into the front panel.

Little did I know that you have to change it in both the creative’s GUI, and windows 7 sound property.

Little stupid things like this I've noticed in the GUI are rampant.

It’s hard to tell if certain things are enabled and to cross reference sounds while making adjustments because you have to close on dialog box while playing a sound source and re open it then close it again after adjusting and try to listen in 10 to 15 second intervals before you can compare sound.

Hope this makes sense, it sounds as confusing as the GUI on the titanium HD.

Long story short- I can tell you that the sound is better from the on board... but if you’re not using headphones I really don’t think you’d be able to tell the difference.

My main degree of being content, is knowing that the sound has been off loaded off the cpu.

I probably won’t buy another ancillary sound card in the future.
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almost brought the titanium hd @ frys. Was walking up to cashier and stopped myself since amazon has it for cheaper + no tax free shipping. So Titanium HD/Asus STX i guess. Ht Omega ??
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The had the Titanium and agree the GUI is just awful. I would get the Xonar STX. I have the Xonar DG for now, till I get the STX.
I have compared all three, and I prefer the Xonar. With a good pair of headphones, you'll be surprised.
    
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