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Originally Posted by cuad;15620137 
Fairly obvious that your line of thinking is: higher ohm = better. That's very sad, but typical of Head-Fi.
In all cases the higher ohm rating recommendation is backed with a perceived performance increase in situations where I could find comparisons. It's not fair to say my line of thinking is higher = better, and in fact I left it open to recommendation between the 250/600. The law of diminishing returns could state the 600 doesn't provide any real value over 250 but I can't use your feedback on the ohm rating because you didn't provide any argument either way.

Specific to the ALC889 do you use it for 3D audio positioning in games? How would you say it performs? Thanks!
    
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Originally Posted by Simca;15619563 
You're comparing the lowest model xfi to flagship xonar not really fair.

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In terms of 3d positioning...yes I am. Xfi 3d positioning tech is the same on all xfi cards
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Originally Posted by Subby;15621987 
In terms of 3d positioning...yes I am. Xfi 3d positioning tech is the same on all xfi cards

But the higher end cards, for one reason or another, deliver better positioning than the lower end cards. Perhaps the quality of the items used on the HD are far superior to that of the Xtreme Gamer which allows more clarity and further sound separation than the lower card despite their X-fi ability being "the same."

Those factors should be taken into account when considering positioning in games.
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I grabbed the beyerdynamic DT 880 @ 600 ohms and the Fiio E9. I'm running it with the ALC889 chipset from my Asus P8Z68 Deluxe/Gen3 with PAX drivers. I am going to pick up the Titanium HD in a couple weeks to compare and see if it's worth it.

Thanks for the help everyone! Immediately I could appreciate the improved detail, music that I've listened to hundreds of times suddenly had new dimensions and sounds I hadn't heard before. Bass is clean and I haven't heard the headset have any trouble producing any of the frequencies. Out of the box it feels well balanced and very complimentary though I did enable the crossover function on the soundcard and kick up the bass a few more db. In general everything just sounds tight and crisp. Overall I have to say I'm very happy.
    
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I game quite a bit, and my experience was that even the Xtremegamer had better positioning and gaming performance than my new Essence ST. I'm damn happy with the clarity and performance of the ST though, but to be honest. It isn't leaps and bounds better than even my Extremegamer to my ears. I most likely would have had just as good a time with the X-fi Titanium HD. That said, it's hard for me to really want to support Creative at this point, and the headphone amp was something of a plus for me. We'll see how I feel about the ST once I get a better pair of headphones than the HD-595s as I will be interested in an external amplifier by then. For now, the ST suits my needs. Though what Simca recommends may suit all your needs in a more 'complete' manner.
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I grabbed the beyerdynamic DT 880 @ 600 ohms and the Fiio E9.

Congrats. The 880's are amazing cans!
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