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post #1 of 11
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I just installed a Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD. My question is: I plugged the front panel audio into the card and I was wondering if it is the same to use the front panel mic and speaker inputs(for my headphones and mic) or it is better to plug the headphones and mic directly into the card at the back? Also are my Sennheiser HD 280 Pro headphones a good match with this sound card or should I upgrade to something else? I mostly play games but also listen to music - melodic death metal and thrash mostly and some classical.
post #2 of 11
It won't be exactly the same as plugging into the card directly as the front panel wiring do not have EMF protection. The sound card should drive those headphones just fine.

I don't listen to death metal much so not sure what headphones are good for that genre.
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So I should go direct then? Also do the settings make a whole lot of difference i.e. audio creation, game, entertainment? Which settings do you guys use and why? And lastly would the AD700's give me a noticeable improvement in sound quality for games or music over the HD 280 Pro's? I know that they are open as opposed to closed but other than that i'm not sure.
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When listening to music set it to audio creation mode and game mode for gaming. Avoid entertainment mode.
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Thanks +rep!
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Thanks!
Oh, a little info on why you use those modes and setting up your audio creation mode.

http://www.head-fi.org/t/396565/ck-p...ic-version-3-5
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post #7 of 11
The way the AD700 behaves makes it a gamers favourite, but it does have its drawbacks, I have heard people complain about it having a fatiguing effect, which I can understand, my HD205's were like that, which make it annoying for long periods.

What you want is a set of cans with very minimal crosstalk (none preferred) and excellent isolation (in reviews they they would say instrument isolation)

The problem with the HD280 (im going to assume) is the inherent trait of sennheisers, the V-shaped sound, in essence the midrange is subdued.

This in my experience detracts from metal, almost as much as muddy bass.

I personally sold my HD205's and bought Denon AH-D2000's which I picked up for a bargain importing from Hong Kong. Which if u read reviews are one of the best on the market, and definitely the best in its range. Although they are quite pricey, but what i figured is best for metal is good instrument isolation, decent highs, amazing bass (not mono-tone, and clear) and an overall warm sound signature.

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post #8 of 11
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Is the Titanium HD able to push the Denon AH-D2000's or would I need something else (headphone amp?) as well?
post #9 of 11
Well my onboard ASUS ADI2000 can power them very nicely, my Onkyo Receiver does much better tho....
The Denons are only 50ohm, but they can go all the way up to 130dB so be careful (rule of thumb if it tickles your ear its too loud.) My HTC can even power them (just.) The advantages of amplification, over your soundcard, will probably be minimal, like <1% clarity, and volume limits. So I wouldnt worry about it. Just if you do buy them, its worth noting they are slightly picky with amplification (old Onkyos are by the far the best bang for buck in my opinion,) so take the Denons with and test on the spot if possible, or read up.

Damn i just read up on that card, its more then enough to power them, so the volume shouldnt be a problem at all.
Also you can swap out OpAmps (and they are cheap) to fine tune your sound preferences if you want, it will probably make up that <1% difference with the right combo.

EDIT: Its worth noting that even though the Denons are closed back, they leak sound like a rusty hooker... But its worth it in my opinion, they are comfortable, sound amazing with all genres, especially when listening to flacs, they are durable, and by far one of the best things i have bought for myself.
Edited by WiR3D-kNiGhT - 10/22/11 at 3:03pm
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Also I listen to MDM, Metalcore, Death metal, Rock, Alternative, Heavy Metal, lounge jazz, dubstep, drum&bass, Dance, Classical. err Hip-Hip(well only Drake, Eminem, and Lupe Fiasco) and its all good on those puppies
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