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,
Originally Posted by Wishmaker
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
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