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Poll Results: Should I buy Titanium HD?

 
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    Yes!
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    No!
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post #1 of 42
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So I read Simca's guide on choosing a sound card and decided the Creative Titanium HD is a good option. I'm an audiophile but I use my computer for gaming as often as music listening so both are important equally. I want a sound card, and it has to be pci-e 1x. it's going to be for my birthday so price isn't too much of a constraint.

soo, should i get it?

if not, what do you think is better for my uses?

thanks
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Get whichever is cheaper...either the Asus Xonar Essence STX or the Titanium HD. I'm very content with my Titanium HD, even upgraded the OP Amps.
    
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Depending on what you are using it for you might want to wait and see how the new ASUS Phoebus card turns out.
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Originally Posted by grendelrt View Post

Depending on what you are using it for you might want to wait and see how the new ASUS Phoebus card turns out.

Nice...I hadn't heard of that card before. Built in headphone amp for 600ohm cans?! Breakout volume knob?! GG....it looks awesome.
    
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post #5 of 42
Main question, do you have a headphone that can utilize that sound card?
Something with more then 32 ohms? And of decent quality?
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post #6 of 42
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Originally Posted by grendelrt View Post

Depending on what you are using it for you might want to wait and see how the new ASUS Phoebus card turns out.

From speculation it's going to be more like a D2X with a pretty powerful headphone amp. Maybe not as good as the STX, but still no slouch and it should be much better for games as well.

Though the ROG branding will not be cheap at all. Looking at $200+ from what it has included.
    
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post #7 of 42
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Originally Posted by silverh20 View Post

So I read Simca's guide on choosing a sound card and decided the Creative Titanium HD is a good option. I'm an audiophile but I use my computer for gaming as often as music listening so both are important equally. I want a sound card, and it has to be pci-e 1x. it's going to be for my birthday so price isn't too much of a constraint.
soo, should i get it?
if not, what do you think is better for my uses?
thanks
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I can vouch for both the Titanium HD and the Essence STX, both awesome cards and you can't go wrong with either choice.

About the other Asus card, I have no experience with it but you would have to wonder of the quality of the amp. Yes it will drive 600 Ohms but how well? All of my due diligence has pushed me to an external amp. Regardless, which headphones are you trying to amp?
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I'm very content with my Titanium HD, even upgraded the OP Amps.

Good stuff, maybe you can save me a couple of minutes. I have yet to place my order at digikey, I was planning on taking the shield off my card to see how many OP Amps I had to replace... could you give me a heads up?
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post #8 of 42
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Main question, do you have a headphone that can utilize that sound card?
Something with more then 32 ohms? And of decent quality?

i have Grado SR-80i cans. my speakers are klipsch promedia 2.1 with an additional pair of klipsch 1990 KG4 cabinet speakers wired into the promedia's amp. these are the KG4s http://www.klipsch.com/kg-4#second

like i said earlier, im an audiophile so sound quality is a big deal for me, but i also game a lot, specifically fps games. so i can deal with compromise to have a little of each area catered to.

my only must is the PCI-E 1X slot
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post #9 of 42
You want it. Get it. No regrets. There will always be cheaper and there will always be better.
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Good stuff, maybe you can save me a couple of minutes. I have yet to place my order at digikey, I was planning on taking the shield off my card to see how many OP Amps I had to replace... could you give me a heads up?

You need 2 OP Amps.
    
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