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One thing to note. Asus' EAX emulation isn't the best. For example, Oblivion will crash instantly after loading a game when you have GX enabled on the sound card. Plus higher end motherboards are slowly dropping the PCI slot. So a sound card which could last you several builds might not last you so long if you go for the ST. I also read somewhere the SNR was worse on the ST than it was on the STX.
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I would try Titanium Fatal1ty Pro (http://us.store.creative.com/Creativ...B0018EFGTM.htm) with Tritton AX Pro(http://www.trittonusa.com/prod/axpro.asp#!prettyPhoto) and see how their 5.1 analog connection works out in gaming.
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I would try Titanium Fatal1ty Pro (http://us.store.creative.com/Creativ...B0018EFGTM.htm) with Tritton AX Pro(http://www.trittonusa.com/prod/axpro.asp#!prettyPhoto) and see how their 5.1 analog connection works out in gaming.
No, no and no on so many levels. It's a great way to waste your money though.
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Ok, I'm sorry for coming off as a stupid person, but I'm just a terrible judge of quality, and I know a very limited selection of brands for purely audio focused companies.

Thank you all for the suggestion and as you said,
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You have a few recommendations, the next logical step is to try them out. Look for a shop where you can put those cans on your head. Datasheets and recommendations can only take you so far. I advise you be a bit sceptical and see how you perceive the sound. A graph won't tell you what you like.
I'll try to get my hands on some of these products through some friends possibly, if any of them have any of these things, or try to find a Best Buy or local audio store to see if they have any of this kind of thing in stock or on display.

From the last few posts, I guess I can sacrifice a bit of the music/movie sound quality, save myself the money, and get a bit better pair of headphones and use the Titanium HD or another Creative card instead for a bit more of a gaming edge, and then just use some decent PC boxed speakers, or a higher end stand alone set if I can find them.

I do believe though if I read correctly that I'd need to get an external amplifier if I used the HD over one of the Xonar cards though because it is purely a DAC and doesn't have an onboard amp? Correct me if I'm wrong.

So from all your recommendations and help, I guess this will be where I stand on my decision, buy a card that is tailored more for gaming, but still packs a punch for music/movies, as I was recommended in another thread, get a decent stand alone set of speakers and sub if I can find it, or settle on the SP2500 for under its selling price AD700 headphones or a pair more suited for a 50/50 gaming to music/movie mix, and an external amplifier if it is indeed needed for the Titanium HD.

Creative Titanium HD
Corsair SP2500 or similar price range/higher quality stand alone better suited for music/movies if I can find it
AD700s or similar price range/higher quality/fits a better mix of gaming and music/movie listening pair if I can find some
An amplifier for the headphone and external speaker?

Again, thanks for all your input, and dealing with my poor knowledge of PC audio equipment.
Edited by jjs.pioneer - 11/5/11 at 12:26pm
post #15 of 15
I think most of your concerns regarding the Titanium HD and the Xonar Essence ST can be answered by the link in my signature (LINK for future reference). The Essence ST is the PCI version of the STX with a few minor changes such as an improved clocking circuit, the lack of a PCI to PCIe bridge (because the C-Media DSP is native to PCI) and there is support for the H6 expansion card, which I've rarely seen used. The improved clocking circuit also doesn't seem to account for much audible difference, if any at all.
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