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First of all, i know there are quite a bit posts/threads regarding this cards, but i got no time to go into all of them, because i need to get this card in few hours....

So few questions.

1. If i use the front panel conector, do i lose quallity regarding headphones usage? do i have to plug my headpones in the back of the case, in order go get best sound?

2. Does the Titanium HD have good quallity headphone AMP? i heard its limited to around 300 ohms, but thats not problem for me, because i got HD595 which are 50 ohms.

3. Would this card work good together with my HD595 regarding Hi-Fi sound? im huge fan of cristal clear/detailed sound, over anything else regarding music, is the STX noticable better in this segment?

4. What kind of music does this card produce best? i listen mostly to rock, electronic, and some ambient/classic music.

5. Does this card have good 5.1 emulation in games/movies? DTS etc i got 5.1 crappy Logitech X-530 and i want to get 5.1 sound from them if thats possible because they are analog speakers, im not into audio much if you could share some toughts regarding 5.1 sound would be nice.

6. Are there any issues regarding this sound card and Maximus Extreme IV, or generally any Asus mobos?


Thanks in advance!



P.S. One more thing, this cards are going around 80$ on Ebay which is crazy price, are there some issues with some revisions of them? because its impossible card listed to around 180$ on newegg/online stores to be more then 2x cheaper on ebay (new cards that is) any reason behind this? or its fine to get it from Ebay?
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http://www.overclock.net/sound-cards-computer-audio/954732-asus-xonar-essence-stx-vs-creative.html
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That does not answer some of my questions, but thanks anyway.
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Either card has no general problems with your board/ASUS. Both cards are excellent choices, as it all comes down to preference. Xfi is a great tech in games and with hip-hop, yet distorts electronica. Positional audio of the Xonar line has been negatively rampant on these forums, but as a user and owner of both card lines... I much prefer the more mechanical sound of the Xonar tech.

Buying from flea bay always presents a risk, just pay with PP and know that ebay favors buyers in their policy revamps.
 
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Тhanks dude, can you answer about question #1 and 3 if you can? thanks again.
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Their cheaper on eBay right now because Best Buy just had an in-store clearance markdown to $47.99 for the Titanium HD and a bunch of people ran out to buy all they could find to try and resell. And any time quantity for an item on eBay goes way up the price goes down.

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Front panel connectors won't decrease sound quality, but as a rule of physics using the direct source(back connectors) will have minimal chance for unnecessary interference/distortions/resistances.

2 channel Hifi goes to the Xonar line.
 
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Originally Posted by Blindrage606;15369651 
Front panel connectors won't decrease sound quality, but as a rule of physics using the direct source(back connectors) will have minimal chance for unnecessary interference/distortions/resistances.

2 channel Hifi goes to the Xonar line.

Presuming that your front-panel cabling is adequately shielded...as assumption that is not necessarily sound....whether it is bad enough to hear depends on your ears.
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Ok guys thanks, but i need to know this, could i get all of my 5.1 spekars to work with the Titanium HD? i know it has only 2.1 ouput but what about some emulation?

There is huge price difference if you compare STX vs Titanium HD the STX is like 160$ minimum and the HD is around 80 ish, this is why i consider it over the STX quite a bit (knowing they are very similar in quallity)
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