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as the title says, would it be worth it to upgrade from DX to Titanium HD?


if so how much better sound quality it is?


i know that Titanium HD is alot better in sound positioning in games while Xonar is just faking the EAX and has very bad implementation of it.


im currently using a headphone(Beyerdynamic DT235)
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i have to say after using my Titanium HD, ill never go for anything less. the downside of it is customer support(not that i by any means consider asus' to be good, at all) but there is a pretty good thread on OCN that teaches you how to properly install your soundblaster card. i would suggest if you upgrade you get a headset that meant for the card though, a tactic3d series to be specific(big difference between my bose headphones and my tactic3d sigma)

heres the thread for installing the card

http://www.overclock.net/sound-cards-computer-audio/864773-guide-how-install-your-soundblaster-correctly.html

shop around, i got my sigma headset for $45 off of newegg (now they go for $90)
    
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Originally Posted by raclimja;15272711 
as the title says, would it be worth it to upgrade from DX to Titanium HD?


if so how much better sound quality it is?


i know that Titanium HD is alot better in sound positioning in games while Xonar is just faking the EAX and has very bad implementation of it.


im currently using a headphone(Beyerdynamic DT235)

This question would have been difficult if it were the choices between Xonar D2X & X-Fi Titanium HD (A part from EAX). But here its clear that the X-Fi Titanium HD [Better components. Better Spec's] is way better than the Xonar DX. No doubt on that.EAX is a dying tech these days, but the question is "If you want EAX 5.0 ?, then its X-Fi for sure".

Furthermore X-Fi Titanium HD is a powerful soundcard. You wont regret your purchase, provided you have good speakers to pump up.

GooD LucK !
    
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Yea, it is better, though you may not truly notice that much of a difference.
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Originally Posted by SeanWebster;15273365 
Yea, it is better, though you may not truly notice that much of a difference.

pretty much this^

have it like this:
the HD is better than the DX , but not 140$ better

so if you dont mind spending money , go for it:D
    
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If you want to have a significant improvement in audio & you use headphones, get a headphone amp soundcard.
    
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Originally Posted by microfister;15272843 
i have to say after using my Titanium HD, ill never go for anything less. the downside of it is customer support(not that i by any means consider asus' to be good, at all) but there is a pretty good thread on OCN that teaches you how to properly install your soundblaster card. i would suggest if you upgrade you get a headset that meant for the card though, a tactic3d series to be specific(big difference between my bose headphones and my tactic3d sigma)

heres the thread for installing the card

http://www.overclock.net/sound-cards-computer-audio/864773-guide-how-install-your-soundblaster-correctly.html

shop around, i got my sigma headset for $45 off of newegg (now they go for $90)

the headset i am using is actually fairly decent and is highly rated so i don't think my headset would hold me back
http://www.head-fi.org/t/433318/shootout-94-portable-headphones-reviewed-audio-technica-ath-es10-added-10-8-11

Quote:
Originally Posted by J.M.D;15272914 
This question would have been difficult if it were the choices between Xonar D2X & X-Fi Titanium HD (A part from EAX). But here its clear that the X-Fi Titanium HD [Better components. Better Spec's] is way better than the Xonar DX. No doubt on that.EAX is a dying tech these days, but the question is "If you want EAX 5.0 ?, then its X-Fi for sure".

Furthermore X-Fi Titanium HD is a powerful soundcard. You wont regret your purchase, provided you have good speakers to pump up.

GooD LucK !


actually, i saw a review of someone here at OCN who own both Asus Xonar Essence STX and X-FI Titanium HD and according to him, the sound card trade blows but the X-Fi titanium HD is alot better in games
http://www.overclock.net/sound-cards-computer-audio/989286-updated-5-6-11-creative-x.html

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Originally Posted by sloppyjoe123;15273501 
If you want to have a significant improvement in audio & you use headphones, get a headphone amp soundcard.


my understanding is that what headphone amp does is increase the signal or volume but i don't have problems using my headphones.

in fact i am just using 25-35% volume and it is pretty loud






i can get X-FI HD for about $110-$130 but i don't know if the improvement will be significant or marginal to justify the upgrade
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Originally Posted by sloppyjoe123;15273501 
If you want to have a significant improvement in audio & you use headphones, get a headphone amp soundcard.


If he wants a significant improvement then the cheap puny STX amp will not suffice and does not compare nor compete with a dedicated Headphone amp, period!
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Originally Posted by raclimja;15273577 
my understanding is that what headphone amp does is increase the signal or volume but i don't have problems using my headphones.
in fact i am just using 25-35% volume and it is pretty loud

i can get X-FI HD for about $110-$130 but i don't know if the improvement will be significant or marginal to justify the upgrade

dude.... a headphone AMP is a headphone amplifier is a small power amplifier

The headphone amplifier improves the sound quality by increasing the amount of power available to move the transducer,
increasing the control that the source has over just where the transducer is in space.

so if you have a headphones that have 300ohms of nominal impudence you need an output device (Sound Card/external AMP) that can driver them

means giving them the power needed in order to get the 100% performance they have to give

the Titanium HD has no headphone AMP but can drive up to 330 ohms headphones

Xonar ST/X , HT Omega Claro Halo both have headphone AMP (600 ohms)
    
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Originally Posted by raclimja;15272711 
as the title says, would it be worth it to upgrade from DX to Titanium HD?
Well, I had a Forte and a DX. Sold the Forte, kept the DX.

1. The Creative software package IS garbage. Switching modes, options in 5 different places on the same GUI, yuck! Some options only available in certain modes.

2. Through a Pimeta amp to either my 580's or 770's, the DX sounded cleaner, crisper.

3. CMSS3D DESTROYS sound quality. Dolby Headphone does not.

Keep the DX.
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