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I'm not a big fan of USB based headsets/soundcards. I've had fairly bad experience with them. For what it costs, I'd definitely go with a "real" sound card.
Like i say im quite happy with it, but im new to the soundcard scene. i was just wondering if it will improve my current sound quality, i dont intend to buy a new headset
    
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Without trying to steal the thread, i have USB headphones Razer Megladon, which are amazing and im quite happy with...
Will it be any benifit to me to get a sound card for my new build ?
will there be any noticeable difference i too am a gamer/music/movie enthusiast
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Like i say im quite happy with it, but im new to the soundcard scene. i was just wondering if it will improve my current sound quality, i dont intend to buy a new headset
USB headsets don't use sound cards at all. There's no way to plug them into the sound card. The headset has its own really crappy DAC inside and will only use that DAC. All your sound performance is coming from the headset alone. That's why we don't recommend USB headsets here.

That said, the OP should be made aware that the Xonar DX is an amazingly priced quality sound card. Yes, the Titanium HD will perform better in SOME games, but you're also paying a crap ton more for the HD.

The Xonar DX ouputs crisper bass than the Titanium HD.

The Titanium HD in no slouch in the music department though, but I would still choose to listen to music on the Xonar DX.

Like I said, only a few games have improved gaming performance with the Titanium HD such as L4D2 and BC2. The Xonar DX doesn't do well in those games for sound positioning, but for many other games like CoD games, the sound positioning on the Xonar DX is phenomenal.

So the question really comes down to, are you willing to pay the extra price for the Titanium HD?

If not the Xonar DX is a great card and has even gone on sale, brand new, for 30 dollars.
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USB headsets don't use sound cards at all. There's no way to plug them into the sound card. The headset has its own really crappy DAC inside and will only use that DAC. All your sound performance is coming from the headset alone. That's why we don't recommend USB headsets here.

That said, the OP should be made aware that the Xonar DX is an amazingly priced quality sound card. Yes, the Titanium HD will perform better in SOME games, but you're also paying a crap ton more for the HD.

The Xonar DX ouputs crisper bass than the Titanium HD.

The Titanium HD in no slouch in the music department though, but I would still choose to listen to music on the Xonar DX.

Like I said, only a few games have improved gaming performance with the Titanium HD such as L4D2 and BC2. The Xonar DX doesn't do well in those games for sound positioning, but for many other games like CoD games, the sound positioning on the Xonar DX is phenomenal.

So the question really comes down to, are you willing to pay the extra price for the Titanium HD?

If not the Xonar DX is a great card and has even gone on sale, brand new, for 30 dollars.
I have 3 problems with the Titanium HD: First of all, the price is more than 2.5x than the Xonar DX would be now. Second, this is a full sized card, with a case, that would block lot of the airflow to my Phantom, since i am on mATX. Third, its creative... i have a lot of bad experience with their drivers, from my previous Audigy4...

Whats up with Xonar DX in BF3?

But i ask again, does the positional audio performance really matter in a stereo headphone? I mean, i will never hook up some 5.1 or 127.1 thing on this...
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I have 3 problems with the Titanium HD: First of all, the price is more than 2.5x than the Xonar DX would be now. Second, this is a full sized card, with a case, that would block lot of the airflow to my Phantom, since i am on mATX. Third, its creative... i have a lot of bad experience with their drivers, from my previous Audigy4...

Whats up with Xonar DX in BF3?

But i ask again, does the positional audio performance really matter in a stereo headphone? I mean, i will never hook up some 5.1 or 127.1 thing on this...
Yeah, it still matters with headphones.

As for BF3, I have yet to play it myself and try it out, but from what I hear, Xonars are actually doing very well with positional accuracy.

Some say they're even ahead of creative (but that was the STX, not that I see a huge leap in difference between the DX and the STX for gaming, but..)
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post #15 of 24
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I just saw this: "Auzentech X-FI Forte PCI-E". What about this?
Cost ~1.5x the xonar dx, but it has headphone amp. And still low profile.
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I just use my HD555's with a basic SB 5.1 VX. Mind that I wouldn't mind a sound card, but I don't have any plans on investing in one.

Is there really that much of a benefit, I was considering using Bowers and Wilkins 2.0 Bookshelf speakers with a Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD.
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I just saw this: "Auzentech X-FI Forte PCI-E". What about this?
Cost ~1.5x the xonar dx, but it has headphone amp. And still low profile.
Anyone on the auzentech? is it worth it?
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post #18 of 24
The Forte has a tendency to fail quicker than most sound cards. Auzentech's customer service is also seemingly non-existent.

The Xonar is a good card. It's a bit warmer sounding (little more emphasis on the bass) than a similarly priced X-Fi card but doesn't have as great of gaming capabilities, from my experience.
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post #19 of 24
Surprised no one has mentioned the Xonar Essence STX. Probably the best sound card on the market now.
post #20 of 24
I have played the BF3 beta on my Xonar DX, and I can attest that positional audio (and the game audio in general) is leaps and bounds ahead of BFBC2. With a good pair of cans it's very easy to hear where gunshots are coming from.
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