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I currently own the Creative X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro, and it's done pretty well but I'm just really looking for something a bit better. One especially that won't make me install A LOT of crappy software like this card does. I'm looking for something that uses PCI-E and has little to no static problems. This card starts giving me static whenever I raise the volume to the max on VLC media player. Mainly I just crystal clear sound. Especially with headsets. Any suggestions? Is the Asus Xonar D2 good?
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only those cards might be considered upgrade from the Fatal1ty Pro:
Creative Titanium HD
Xonar STX
Auzentech Home Theater HD


i can also recommend the HT Omega cards ,but they are all PCI (except the eClaro)

it will be better if you give us the budget and interests in the sound card (gaming/music)
    
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If you're gonna use your headphones a lot, get the Xonar Essence ST. It has a built-in amp that can easily power even high-end headphones.
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If you're gonna use your headphones a lot, get the Xonar Essence ST. It has a built-in amp that can easily power even high-end headphones.
dude , the ST and the STX are the same card with only the ST is the PCI version with jitter clock and the H6 daughter chip

both have a 600 ohms headphone AMP (which is VERY much for regular usage)

the Titanium HD has no AMP but can power up to 330 ohms
    
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dude , the ST and the STX are the same card with only the ST is the PCI version with jitter clock and the H6 daughter chip

both have a 600 ohms headphone AMP (which is VERY much for regular usage)

the Titanium HD has no AMP but can power up to 330 ohms
"dude", did I ever say the ST was better than the STX? No. But since you bring it up, as someone who has owned BOTH the ST and STX, I found the ST to have better bass reproduction and cleaner overall sound. Also, a PCI-E soundcard is pretty stupid if you ask me. Waste of a PCI-E slot.
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"dude", did I ever say the ST was better than the STX? No. But since you bring it up, as someone who has owned BOTH the ST and STX, I found the ST to have better bass reproduction and cleaner overall sound. Also, a PCI-E soundcard is pretty stupid if you ask me. Waste of a PCI-E slot.
Eh..you shouldn't have noticed much of a difference except in jitter reduction FTMP.

And that's if you can hear the difference in that, lmao.

Any bass difference was all in your head.
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