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I had been reading some reviews on newegg for the X-Fi cards (more specifically the X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional), and it still isn't looking good in terms of W7 compatibility. A lot of people, from some recent reviews, seem to be having trouble installing the drivers and software or getting the cards to function like they should. It kind of seems like it would be more trouble than it's worth, but has anyone here had any kind of trouble installing those cards in a PC with W7? Or getting the cards/drivers to function like they should?

I also mostly play MMOs and RPGs and stuff like that more than I do shooters, so I don't think I would benefit much from the improved positional audio. So instead, should I just grab a Xonar DX and the HD598s and call it a day? Like I mentioned, I have a $300 budget for this, so I'm open to suggestions if my original plan of getting the STX + HD595/HD598 can be improved upon.
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post #12 of 25
The HD598 is a waste of money over a HD595. The HD595 is a waste of money over the HD555. It's your choice really but for $190, I'd look into getting something else.

The Xonar DX is a fine card.
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post #13 of 25
Don't get anything Fatal1ty. Price wise, the best budget card is xonar DX, then a bit pricier the Auzentech Forte, then Titanium HD non fatal1ty or a Xonar ST/STX since they have a headphone amp.

I like bass in my headphones, so I would recommend Ultrasone hfi580/dj1, ultrasone pro550/dj1 pro, or beyerdynamic dt770 80ohms. They are great for gaming yet they don't lack bass.
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The STX's amp section might not be worth $200 (the price tag is not for the amp alone) but we are talking about an amp good enough to drive most headphones until you throw K701 or HD650 - HD600 - HD800 and some other amp hungry models. At that point you need to use a headphone amp and guess what, the ST - STX will give you a great transport (AKA DAC) for the same $200 you payed years ago.
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post #15 of 25
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Originally Posted by RallyMaster View Post
And because like the HD555/595 of old, the headband tends to crack after a while.

Feast your eyes on some of this:
http://www.head-fi.org/t/534963/senn...5#post_7317290

However, it seems like Sennheiser did change the material on the HD598. I still can't say it's worth the asking price of $190 though. You can get much more durable and more capable headphones (like the Ultrasone PRO 750) for around $40 clams more.
I wouldn't pay $190 for it either. But I know some people who got them for $150 new, which is a good deal.
    
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post #16 of 25
HD650,K701 and DT880 (250Ohms) are good headphones for Xonar ST/STX card. But don't get the 600Ohms version of DT880. It is not performing well.
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post #17 of 25
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Originally Posted by BlahBlahBlah View Post
I tend to agree, I can hear a difference when I drive my 650s through an STX and through a beefier amp.

I would recommend going with a non-amplified card and some cans that don't require amplification..it just makes life simpler (and cheaper).

To make better recommendations we need a full budget and usage description (gaming, music, percentages).
uumm the HD 5XX needs an Amp to work at full ??

but they are just 50ohm

and what are the best HP´s that does not require an Amp ??
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post #18 of 25
Quote:
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uumm the HD 5XX needs an Amp to work at full ??

but they are just 50ohm

and what are the best HP´s that does not require an Amp ??
The 5xx Sennheiser series doesn't require an amp, no.

As far as headphones that don't require an amp..it all depends on what genres of music you listen to and if you want to game with them as well, etc.
Edited by BlahBlahBlah - 8/20/11 at 6:04pm
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post #19 of 25
I would recommend the Audio Technica ATH-AD900 at this price range. The build quality of it is superb. The rods across the top are made of titanium and the frame is made of lightweight magnesium. The AD900 is a whole 30 grams lighter than the AD700. They possess a wide soundstage like the AD700, but with better midrange and bass.
post #20 of 25
I like my TiHD and HD 555 combo. The 555 does sound flat w/o the amplification it gets with my TiHD. TiHD is a detail monster
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