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post #11 of 20
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Originally Posted by Nick911 View Post
I have had both actually. I first had a Creative Audigy card. Then I went to X-fi. I liked it but the control panel wasn't to my style, and was able to sell it for the price I bought it for and the Xonar I heard was on sale. The difference was 0_0. Using FOOBAR and legit high quality songs. Plus, look at the caps and parts and OP amps and the circuitry, then tell what is better.

Note: If you have W7, there is no such thing as a "gaming sound card". The EAX support is gone. So all you're left with is a card.

Now if you look up comparisons, the Xonar beats the Titanium in terms of sound quality and other things. This whole EAX is such rubbish. Ignore it.

http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1378469

http://www.overclock.net/sound-cards...m-vs-asus.html

I can go on with the list.

Bottom line: Get the DX. If you need more info or anything let me know!
i feel the same way and have the same opinion but, i've never pwned an x-fi so i'm probably talking out of my ass. i listen to music alot on my xonar with my Altec Lansing back beat pluses.
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HD for gaming, DX for music.
You can't be serious.
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HD for gaming, DX for music.
That's the best info ever!

Just Xonar it! You listen to music/audio more then anything on a PC, why not get the most out of it?
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post #14 of 20
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That's the best info ever!

Just Xonar it! You listen to music/audio more then anything on a PC, why not get the most out of it?


I do not understand if you are trolling or are serious right now...

btw rally master +rep thank you for giving a definitive answer with actual feedback. These types of comments are appreciated and can be considered an ACTUAL response.

As to the OP: I have been researching the titanium HD for awhile now and comparing it to the ASUS Xonar essence. I personally have been torn as well, but for a price difference of $115, the HD is worth a try (You can get the Asus card for $158 on newegg compared to the reg price of $200). I am going to pick up the HD tom as long as my bby still has it in stock ill post here tomorrow to let you know how it is.
 
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post #15 of 20
If you can get the HD for 50 at BB it is worth it (better for music and is amazing for gaming). If you can only get it for 120 its up to you on how much you want to spend.
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Thanks for the help guys. I guess I'm not getting the x-fi because it wasn't on sale at my particular bestbuy.
    
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Just get both
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Just get both
Give me the funds and I will.
    
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I've replaced my Xonar Dx with a Titanium HD about 4-5 months ago. So far, I'm extremely happy with it. Directional audio is much clearer and accurate (espceailly in CQC) compared to DX when it comes MP FPS games. In SP games like Witcher 2 or ME 2, where the emphasis is on the atmospheric music it is on par with DX if not better performing than DX. Although you'll have to fiddle around with the EQ to get the best sound out of HD. It's not like DX where you can just plug it in and it'll sound beautiful.
I dont watch a lot of movies on my computer but it works well in Entartainment mode.
For listening to CDs/High quality Rips, it sounds very nice too , in Audio creation mode.
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The xonar DX is a great card. No doubt about it but at the same price I would probably go with the regular Titanium even. I ran into the occasional crackle with the DX which probably had to do with the dlp latency issue. Although it was never a big deal. I would like some more time with my Titanium HD to make an educated statement on sound quality. With the driver defaults the X-fi has a bit more bass which is nice but the highs feel lacking compared to the Xonar in some songs. I need to play with the EQ a bit but right now I go back and fourth. The X-fi does sound better in game though.

I do have a few gripes with the Xonar. One is that EAX support is pretty much broken. I can't think of one game that really worked properly. If you like to play some older games this can be a bit of an issue.

The external power is a pita and the fact that its a floppy connector doesn't help. It isn't really all that easy to get a hold of something like a floppy extension.

Then there are the motherboard limitations. The reason the the Xonar requires external power is since it isn't a native pci-e card. This causes problems with motherboards that use a pci-e bridge like NF200 the Sapphire P67, EVGA Classified, and any 780/750i or a PLX bridge like the Asus' own P67 Deluxe or MIVE. So it can limit your upgrade options.

As a gamer I would go with an X-fi.

Edit: Tech99 brings up another good point. CMSS-3d really tips the scale in favor of the x-fi for its positional effects.
Edited by BababooeyHTJ - 10/10/11 at 1:58pm
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