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Originally Posted by Wararchon View Post
Gaming on the DX is perfectly fine with the exception of a few games like bc2.
Why is the DX not good for Bad Company 2?
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Because bc2 is crap.
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Because bc2 is crap.
Well that's not really helpful. I play BC2 with a bunch of mates and if the soundcard won't work with it, it just won't do. Main reasoning is that if it won't work withBC2, it won't work with BF3. So that pretty much seals my choice with the Titanium. Thanks for the responses guys!
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Well that's not really helpful. I play BC2 with a bunch of mates and if the soundcard won't work with it, it just won't do. Main reasoning is that if it won't work withBC2, it won't work with BF3. So that pretty much seals my choice with the Titanium. Thanks for the responses guys!
BF3 and BC2 have different sound engines. So saying that they're the same is wrong. I hear that sound cards will work much better in BF3.

As for the choice, it's pretty much an easy choice. The Xonar DX is a 50 dollar card (on sale for 50 dollars atm) and the Titanium HD is a 126+ dollar card. It's 2.5x the price. Of course it's gonna' be better.
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post #35 of 39
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BF3 and BC2 have different sound engines. So saying that they're the same is wrong. I hear that sound cards will work much better in BF3.

As for the choice, it's pretty much an easy choice. The Xonar DX is a 50 dollar card (on sale for 50 dollars atm) and the Titanium HD is a 126+ dollar card. It's 2.5x the price. Of course it's gonna' be better.
Not exactly. DX is only a teeny tiny bit worse than the D2X which is a $150 card. If take a look at the links I posted, the reviewers even said that theres not that much of a difference.
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Not exactly. DX is only a teeny tiny bit worse than the D2X which is a $150 card. If take a look at the links I posted, the reviewers even said that theres not that much of a difference.
It should be taken into account than the DX/D2X are surround cards. Dedicated stereo cards will be significantly better on headphones.
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It should be taken into account than the DX/D2X are surround cards. Dedicated stereo cards will be significantly better on headphones.
Not really. Just because a sound card has surround capabilities doesn't make it far inferior to a dedicated stereo card. My Xonar D1 definitely was a heavy hitter for how much it cost me and would still be in my system if it weren't for the STX.

Overall, I'd say that the sound between sound cards using the same DSP sound pretty similar regardless of the DAC and opamp used. I've had an X-Fi XtremeMusic with a modded opamp, a stock XtremeMusic and the Titanium HD with both stock opamps and National Semi LME49720NA on the I/V. If you had me do a blind test with my Ultrasone PRO550, I'm guaranteed to lose my audiophile status because I simply won't be able to tell. The same applies to the HT Omega Claro Halo both with stock and LME49720NA, STX with stock and LME49720NA, a bone stock Xonar D1 and a bone stock D2X.

The difference is barely noticeable between cards once you pass the $80 price point, IMO. If you're looking for a difference between audio quality in sound cards in this day and age, you're doing it wrong and you're nitpicking with a huge slice of placebo effect mixed in.
Edited by RallyMaster - 8/18/11 at 9:22pm
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post #38 of 39
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Not really. Just because a sound card has surround capabilities doesn't make it far inferior to a dedicated stereo card. My Xonar D1 definitely was a heavy hitter for how much it cost me and would still be in my system if it weren't for the STX.

Overall, I'd say that the sound between sound cards using the same DSP sound pretty similar regardless of the DAC and opamp used. I've had an X-Fi XtremeMusic with a modded opamp, a stock XtremeMusic and the Titanium HD with both stock opamps and National Semi LME49720NA on the I/V. If you had me do a blind test with my Ultrasone PRO550, I'm guaranteed to lose my audiophile status because I simply won't be able to tell. The same applies to the HT Omega Claro Halo both with stock and LME49720NA, STX with stock and LME49720NA, a bone stock Xonar D1 and a bone stock D2X.

The difference is barely noticeable between cards once you pass the $80 price point, IMO. If you're looking for a difference between audio quality in sound cards in this day and age, you're doing it wrong and you're nitpicking with a huge slice of placebo effect mixed in.
LoL, I know what you mean. I just switch the stock I/V op-amps on my Titanium HD for LME49720NAs and honestly I can't tell the difference. Although, I have yet to test it with some good blu-rays, but at least in gaming and music it sounds about the same. I would have to do a side by side test to really tell, but I can't tell from memory. Maybe if I tried it without the amp in the middle it would be more noticeable... I don't know.
Edited by MakubeX - 8/19/11 at 7:43am
post #39 of 39
HD > DX

I currently own both, big difference between the two.
I had the STX also, and I find the HD easier to tune and better for my heavy bass style of music.
Edited by WorldExclusive - 8/21/11 at 11:49pm
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