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Well just got the SP2500 reading how they were much better than the promedias 2.1, got them at the newegg 24hr sale for $180 the price was unbeatable.

So now that I got some good speakers I got the itch to get a dedicated soundcard. They sound great with the onboard audio, but will it make a big difference witha soundcard? From the light reading I did the Soundblaster Titanium HD seems like a great choice. Or do I get something different?

Also saw the inputs on the back and I dont see one for the 3.5mm for the PC, there are 2 but one are for headphones and the other is for the mic. How would I go on connecting my speakers?
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post #2 of 10
They're not exactly better than the ProMedia 2.1s They are better in certain areas, such as getting louder while retaining quality over the ProMedias, but at a moderate level and for female singers, the ProMedia's are actually better. I believe the bass on the SP2500s are also slightly better.

I would normally have said you wasted too much on the SP2500s, but for 180 you didn't do that bad.

So I would go ahead and grab a Xonar DX. Not sure you'd see an improvement with speakers with the Titanium HD. In fact, music should probably sound better on the Xonar. Couldn't justify the TiHD for 2.1 speakers. I don't think you'd see that great an improvement with 2.1 speakers for gaming neither unless you've got some headphones to use with the TiHD as well.
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post #3 of 10
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Ahh I see, good to know since I am into Trance smile.gif Also doing gaming on these. What i was liking that they have a headphone input, is it going to be worth it if have the JVC's RX-700 headphones?
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post #4 of 10
I think the Corsair speakers have a much better high frequency reproduction than the Promedia speakers. The subwoofer also adds more of a muffled character to everything.

The Klipsch set was good in its day and is still good for the cheap price you can find them for, but the new generation commonly has subwoofer failure, no off/on switch, and the control pod often fails too.

If you are a gamer you will definitely want the Corsair set over the Klipsch.
post #5 of 10
I would just stick with the Xonar DX to be honest. It's not worth triple the price for the Titanium HD (assuming you can find the DX for 50, if not double the price).
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post #6 of 10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by chalkbluffgrown;15397520 
I think the Corsair speakers have a much better high frequency reproduction than the Promedia speakers. The subwoofer also adds more of a muffled character to everything.

The Klipsch set was good in its day and is still good for the cheap price you can find them for, but the new generation commonly has subwoofer failure, no off/on switch, and the control pod often fails too.

If you are a gamer you will definitely want the Corsair set over the Klipsch.

Glad I got them then smile.gif
Quote:
Originally Posted by Simca;15397524 
I would just stick with the Xonar DX to be honest. It's not worth triple the price for the Titanium HD (assuming you can find the DX for 50, if not double the price).

I see, I am asking becuase the Titanium HD is $120 at my local best buy cant find it cheaper online.
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post #7 of 10
The titanium HD is cheaper at Best Buy than anywhere else. However I chose the Xonar STX for my SP2500s since I listen to music more than play games. The Titanium HD is a little bit better for games tho.
    
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post #8 of 10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by bill4b0ngx;15397615 
The titanium HD is cheaper at Best Buy than anywhere else. However I chose the Xonar STX for my SP2500s since I listen to music more than play games. The Titanium HD is a little bit better for games tho.

Ahh the Xonar STX is more expensive though tongue.gif

Yay or nay on Titanium HD?
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post #9 of 10
I'm running the SP2500 and Xonar DX. Seems like a great bang for the buck combo.
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post #10 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by c0ld;15397707 
Ahh the Xonar STX is more expensive though tongue.gif

Yay or nay on Titanium HD?

It's a good card, especially on sale. The DX is gonna be cheaper but still an excellent option.
    
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