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These are the two cards I'm looking at:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829132006&Tpk=Asus%20xonar%20DX

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102033

Which would you recommend for me?



I will be using Ultrasone PRO550 Headphones.

My main use is gaming. I'll listen to some music and even sometimes while I'm gaming but if there ever has to be a preference, it'd be gaming.

I have heard good things about the TitiHD but it is around $90 and am not sure if the drivers/software is worth the hassle. I just want a clean un-buggy experience.

I don't really wanna spend more than $150 on a card but if the Titi HD is worth it, I'd get it. Help please! biggrin.gif
post #2 of 39
You should be able to find the Ti HD for less than $150. I picked one up for $125 not long ago. ASUS isn't known for perfect drivers either.

edit: Here you go. Direct linking was acting weird so copy and paste. $136
"http://www.amazon.com/Creative-Blaster-Titanium-Internal-SB1270/dp/accessories/B0041OUA38"
Edited by Draygonn - 8/16/11 at 9:20pm
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The Titanium HD is $136.74 shipped from Amazon.com:

[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Creative-Blaster-Titanium-Internal-SB1270/dp/accessories/B0041OUA38"]Amazon.com: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD Internal Sound Card with THX SB1270: Electronics[/ame]


I recommend it. I have heard that it's absolutely the best Creative sound card that they have ever made. It's not the best sound card ever made, but it's Creative's best sound card.

I've also been told quite a few times that it blows away cards like the DX and other similar cards.
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Idk about the Titanium HD, but I bought a refurb Titanium regular from Amazon (Crative refurb) for $50. It's 1/3 of the price of an HD with very similar performance. The difference in sound quality is not worth paying the extra $100.

Btw my refurb looked like it was brand new. Worked perfectly with Windows 7.
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My vote also goes for the HD as gaming is your priority. Had gaming not been such a deciding factor, you could have used the STX as well.

Quote:
Originally Posted by ComradeNF;14610371 
Idk about the Titanium HD, but I bought a refurb Titanium regular from Amazon (Crative refurb) for $50. It's 1/3 of the price of an HD with very similar performance. The difference in sound quality is not worth paying the extra $100.

Btw my refurb looked like it was brand new. Worked perfectly with Windows 7.

You are forgetting about the OPAMP in the HD.
 
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ComradeNF;14610371 
Idk about the Titanium HD, but I bought a refurb Titanium regular from Amazon (Crative refurb) for $50. It's 1/3 of the price of an HD with very similar performance. The difference in sound quality is not worth paying the extra $100.

Btw my refurb looked like it was brand new. Worked perfectly with Windows 7.
The HD is a very, very, very different card. wink.gif
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Originally Posted by TwoCables;14610388 
The HD is a very, very, very different card. wink.gif

Also emphasize on the stereo limitation for the HD please biggrin.gif
 
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Wishmaker;14610399 
Also emphasize on the stereo limitation for the HD please biggrin.gif
What stereo limitation? I don't own this card.
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post #9 of 39
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wishmaker;14610374 
My vote also goes for the HD as gaming is your priority. Had gaming not been such a deciding factor, you could have used the STX as well.




You are forgetting about the OPAMP in the HD.

I don't know anything about that technological sound stuff.

In terms of sound quality and sound stage for gaming, there was definitely a difference when I took my AD700's to my friends house to try them out, but IMO the difference just isn't worth $100.

I don't even know what an OPAMP is, but if it is something the OP needs, by all means get the HD.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ComradeNF;14610416 
I don't know anything about that technological sound stuff.

In terms of sound quality and sound stage for gaming, there was definitely a difference when I took my AD700's to my friends house to try them out, but IMO the difference just isn't worth $100.

I don't even know what an OPAMP is, but if it is something the OP needs, by all means get the HD.
Yes, but the Titanium HD is very different from the non "HD" model. To be honest, I would expect the plain X-Fi Titanium to produce a similar quality to the little XtremeGamer.
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