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I don't listen to music. Ever.
I love games. More specifically Battlefield games.

I've been planning to get a sound card with a new pair of cans (ad700/hd555), and I've been wondering if now is the best time to buy a sound card - the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD? How does it compare with other sound cards under the $100 range? Specifically the Xonar DX and DG?
At the moment I have a somewhat crappy Razer Carcharias headset. Would I notice a decent sound difference in BC2 or BF3?

I also have Logitech X-540 surround sound speakers. Is there any way I could hook em up to the sound card? I noticed on newegg that the pictures only show mic/speaker jacks, with 4 RCA jacks.
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IMO the Titanium HD is the best sound card available now

its amazing in gaming , music , movies (but specially gaming)

and more in BF BC2 ; all cards with the C Media / AV chips (those are in Xonars and HT Omgea performed badly only in this game

but sadly its only 2 channels , so no way to hook them in the HD (it has 2 RCA in and 2 RCA out)

and about the headphones powering ; it has no headphone AMP but it can power up to 330 ohms headphones
in your case the AD700 are 38 ohms , the 555 are 50 ohms
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If you're just using it for gaming, get an X-Fi Titanium (non-HD) because you're wasting most of the improved circuitry on the TiHD if you're not listening to music.
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post #4 of 19
Man, the Titanium is supposed to be a gamers best friend. But it jabs him in the groin with the cost. Go for it. Might get one too come payday.
Hey Crag, sad to see a Audiophile stuck with onboard. Hope you get what you seek too.

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Quote:
Originally Posted by RallyMaster View Post
If you're just using it for gaming, get an X-Fi Titanium (non-HD) because you're wasting most of the improved circuitry on the TiHD if you're not listening to music.
This, I opted for the regular X-FI and its very good. Gunshots and tank explosions are awesome and heli-flybys are pretty cool. Highly recommend this card.
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Originally Posted by RallyMaster View Post
If you're just using it for gaming, get an X-Fi Titanium (non-HD) because you're wasting most of the improved circuitry on the TiHD if you're not listening to music.
That's assuming that I can't get an HD for the same price as a non-HD

Anyway, while this thread is still running, should I get AD700s or HD555s? Purely for gaming as mentioned (BF3 24/7 trololo). Pros and cons of each?
Does the HD555 mod actually work? I find it surprising that a piece of foam is blocking the potential of 555s.. in a way it costs a couple pennies more to manufacturer 555s over 595s!

I'm probably going to buy the headset in a couple months.
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post #7 of 19
I have the TitaniumHD. The one problem I have with it is this - you cannot hook up speakers and headphones to it simultaneously and "software" switch between the two. If the headphones are plugged in, no sound will come from the speakers until you unplug the headphones.

This is a hassle if getting behind your computer is hard.
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Originally Posted by shiarua View Post
I have the TitaniumHD. The one problem I have with it is this - you cannot hook up speakers and headphones to it simultaneously and "software" switch between the two. If the headphones are plugged in, no sound will come from the speakers until you unplug the headphones.

This is a hassle if getting behind your computer is hard.
that's honestly why i returned the Titanium HD and bought the STX instead.
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I'd get the ad700s, but i dont have any experience with the 555's. If that mod didnt work, why do people say it works? lol.

Anyways, ad700s are more recommended than the 555s...although they would both do pretty well. 555s look better in public though.

My ad700s are awesome and the soundstage is amazing.
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Buska103 View Post
That's assuming that I can't get an HD for the same price as a non-HD

Anyway, while this thread is still running, should I get AD700s or HD555s? Purely for gaming as mentioned (BF3 24/7 trololo). Pros and cons of each?
Does the HD555 mod actually work? I find it surprising that a piece of foam is blocking the potential of 555s.. in a way it costs a couple pennies more to manufacturer 555s over 595s!

I'm probably going to buy the headset in a couple months.
Yes it does work. More bass. the TiHd sounds amazing with bc2 and the bf3 beta

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