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    ASUS Xonar Essence STX
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    Creative X-Fi Titanium HD
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    Skip them both and get an similar priced external DAC.
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post #11 of 20
If you don't play games, I'd rate the STX equal to the Titanium HD. If you do play games, I'd rate the Titanium HD better.

If you want to use speakers and headphones simultaneously (without using a splitter, which can have some issues itself), then the STX is probably better. Also if you want a built-in headphone amp, the STX is better.

Unfortunately one card isn't completely superior imo frown.gif. I'm currently using the STX just for convenience. I may consider getting the Asus Xonar Essence One and running it from the digital out on the Titanium HD. That way I'd be able to use CMSS-3D (hopefully) for games, but the digital signal would be converted to analog by the Essence One. I wonder how that'd be for positional audio (hopefully it'd be better for music), and I'd be able to run headphones + speakers simultaneously.

God damn audio is complicated.

EDIT: Just to clarify, when I say the Titanium HD is BETTER for gaming than the STX, I mean in terms of positional audio for FPS/TPS games. The ability to pin-point the location of an enemy or whatever through audio. If it's for other types of games where pin-point positional audio isn't as important as immersion, the STX is just as good.
Edited by Arnotts - 10/11/11 at 1:16am
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post #12 of 20
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Arnotts;15257857 
If you don't play games, I'd rate the STX equal to the Titanium HD. If you do play games, I'd rate the Titanium HD better.

If you want to use speakers and headphones simultaneously (without using a splitter, which can have some issues itself), then the STX is probably better. Also if you want a built-in headphone amp, the STX is better.

Unfortunately one card isn't completely superior imo frown.gif. I'm currently using the STX just for convenience. I may consider getting the Asus Xonar Essence One and running it from the digital out on the Titanium HD. That way I'd be able to use CMSS-3D (hopefully) for games, but the digital signal would be converted to analog by the Essence One. I wonder how that'd be for positional audio (hopefully it'd be better for music), and I'd be able to run headphones + speakers simultaneously.

God damn audio is complicated.

EDIT: Just to clarify, when I say the Titanium HD is BETTER for gaming than the STX, I mean in terms of positional audio for FPS/TPS games. The ability to pin-point the location of an enemy or whatever through audio. If it's for other types of games where pin-point positional audio isn't as important as immersion, the STX is just as good.

Thanks for the info. The Audio category can indeed be daunting. I personally like the best bang for buck solutions that are also great quality. I don't need uber high end as paying 200% in money for 10% improvement is not a good deal or necessary to me.

I went with the STX for now. And I plan on putting the ST I have in my wife's computer. I did check my local Best Buy to see if their Titanium HD was on sale and unfortunately it is out of stock.
post #13 of 20
Ugh, it's so tough between the two as I have the choice to pick up either the ST or the Titanium HD for $100 each.

I plan on upgrading from my crappy 2.1 Logitechs as well; as for headphones I use AD700s.

I'm leaning towards the HD because of the supposedly? better positional audio (a plus since I do play the BF games) but the ST does give me the option to change opamps if I ever needed to; too bad the h6 is discontinued if I wanted to pursue a 7.1 setup.

Music, I listen to all genres, same thing for movies.

Having said that, what would you guys choose if both the HD and ST were the same price?
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post #14 of 20
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Originally Posted by capitalj;15267687 
Ugh, it's so tough between the two as I have the choice to pick up either the ST or the Titanium HD for $100 each.

I plan on upgrading from my crappy 2.1 Logitechs as well; as for headphones I use AD700s.

I'm leaning towards the HD because of the supposedly? better positional audio (a plus since I do play the BF games) but the ST does give me the option to change opamps if I ever needed to; too bad the h6 is discontinued if I wanted to pursue a 7.1 setup.

Music, I listen to all genres, same thing for movies.

Having said that, what would you guys choose if both the HD and ST were the same price?

The reason I went with the ASUS variety is it has better parts in my opinion (to some degree) and it is a better all around card. I tend to play some music and occasional video watching and with headphones it is somewhat hard to use the positional audio (really the only plus over the ST/STX unless you play older games) fully like you can with a 5.1 setup. If you have 5.1 and primarily game I don't think you can go wrong with the HD, but the ST still would not be a bad call.
post #15 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by capitalj;15267687 
Ugh, it's so tough between the two as I have the choice to pick up either the ST or the Titanium HD for $100 each.

I plan on upgrading from my crappy 2.1 Logitechs as well; as for headphones I use AD700s.

I'm leaning towards the HD because of the supposedly? better positional audio (a plus since I do play the BF games) but the ST does give me the option to change opamps if I ever needed to; too bad the h6 is discontinued if I wanted to pursue a 7.1 setup.

Music, I listen to all genres, same thing for movies.

Having said that, what would you guys choose if both the HD and ST were the same price?

BattleField wouldnt exactly be the best choice for "positional audio" imo. A game like CS/CoD would be much more ideal for positional audio.
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post #16 of 20
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but the ST does give me the option to change opamps if I ever needed to

I suggest you do a little reading up on the Titanium HD. It like the Asus has swappable Opamps. The only thing the STX has over the HD is a dedicated Headphone amplifier, other than that it has no real advantage sound wise and feature wise. You will see a few people here, most who have never owned any of the 2 cards and those that have usually only have experience with 1 card, making blind statements that Asus sounds better. It has become in vogue here to have a strong biased against creative much of this a result of there past dubious actions. However the Titianium HD is a new venture for creative. Natively re-written, stable Windows 7 drivers and a great sounding card that rivals the STX.

Most the difference in sound between to two cards is attributed to the different Opamp combinations being used. So which ever one you buy, the option is always there to fine tune the sound to your personal liking by swapping out the Op-amps.

Take my opinion for whatever you think it's worth from somebody who actually owns both cards.

PS. I forgot to mention. The Titanium HD has proven to me to be overall a better gaming card and it has nothing to do with EAX.
Edited by Nightingale - 10/12/11 at 3:49am
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post #17 of 20
I have the stx and its a great card. Drivers are good.
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I have both. Stx for music hooked up to my hd595 and audioengine a5+ and the titanium HD is hooked up to my sennheiser pc350 for gaming. I say titanium HD wins if you play more games as opposed to music
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post #19 of 20
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Got the STX in the mail today! Hopefully they have good sound for my M-Audio speakers and HD555's.
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Originally Posted by capitalj;15267687 
Ugh, it's so tough between the two as I have the choice to pick up either the ST or the Titanium HD for $100 each.


wow, can u tell me where i can get a Xonar Essence ST for $100:eek:
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