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Where are you going to find one for $80?

I recall that BB once did a deal for $70 I believe?

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Given that you watch movie, it is pretty much Xonar DX (PCIe) or D1 (PCI). If you can find Titanium HD at sub-$70 and don't mind the lack of 5.1/7.1 support fantastic. Otherwise Xonar DX or D1 is the next best thing.
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I recall that BB once did a deal for $70 I believe?
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Given that you watch movie, it is pretty much Xonar DX (PCIe) or D1 (PCI). If you can find Titanium HD at sub-$70 and don't mind the lack of 5.1/7.1 support fantastic. Otherwise Xonar DX or D1 is the next best thing.

That was an in store only price months ago, its hard to find on online at twice that price. Does microcenter cpu pricing drive down the price of cpus on the forums?
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post #13 of 26
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That was an in store only price months ago, its hard to find on online at twice that price. Does microcenter cpu pricing drive down the price of cpus on the forums?

Best buy has the Titanium HD still at my store for $85 (was there 3 days ago), others have also noted about two weeks ago that it was still around 80 at their Best Buy as well. Again this isn't all Best Buy's but some are still selling it for cheap. I bought it for $55 though during the deal months ago.

Positional sounding is better on Creative X-Fi cards, I don't remember the exact reasoning behind it. I'm sure if you PM one of the Audiophiles here they would be able to tell you why. I've owned both cards, the Asus Xonar at least was very different in positional sounding in a bad way.

I was literally "missing" some sounds on the Asus that I would normally hear with the Creative X-Fi card.
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post #14 of 26
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Best buy has the Titanium HD still at my store for $85 (was there 3 days ago), others have also noted about two weeks ago that it was still around 80 at their Best Buy as well. Again this isn't all Best Buy's but some are still selling it for cheap. I bought it for $55 though during the deal months ago.

IDK, I bought the last one within like 50 miles of hartford six months ago. Its not like its a common find at Best Buys. That doesn't change the fact that there are currently several WTB threads on this very forum for the Titanium HD at $80. If I were to list mine it wouldn't be at $80.
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Positional sounding is better on Creative X-Fi cards, I don't remember the exact reasoning behind it. I'm sure if you PM one of the Audiophiles here they would be able to tell you why. I've owned both cards, the Asus Xonar at least was very different in positional sounding in a bad way.
I was literally "missing" some sounds on the Asus that I would normally hear with the Creative X-Fi card.

I currently own both cards and don't agree with you in the games that I've played. The only games where it is possible for the positional audio to be any different is with games that use open al or direct sound 3d and those games are increasingly few and far between and even then thats only when using cmss3d.
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post #15 of 26
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I currently own both cards and don't agree with you in the games that I've played. The only games where it is possible for the positional audio to be any different is with games that use open al or direct sound 3d and those games are increasingly few and far between and even then thats only when using cmss3d.

BattleField 3 is a recent game which sound very different when comparing positional sounding between the two cards.
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BattleField 3 is a recent game which sound very different when comparing positional sounding between the two cards.

How? Are you speaking from experience? Using what settings? On what, headphones, 5.1?
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post #17 of 26
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How? Are you speaking from experience? Using what settings? On what, headphones, 5.1?

Yes, I'm comparing them through two computers though. My roommates computer which is running ASUS Xonar DX and mine that's running a Titanium HD, I've even compared to using my X-Fi XtremeMusic. Same results.


Headphones: HD555 and AD700

In Game Settings: Hi-Fi, Enhanced On

Hi-Fi instead of the Headphones setting, because headphones setting was made for low quality headphones/headsets. Can't remember exactly what Enhanced Stereo does, but it helps a lot with the sound and allows me to hear footsteps a lot better on both cards.
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I don't play BF3 but if you are just running in stereo there shouldn't be any difference between the two cards. BF3 does not use open al or any other engine that would send any positional settings to the audio driver. There may be something thats set up differently.

You aren't using cmss3d or thx tru-studio? Is windows set to 5.1 or stereo?
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post #19 of 26
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I don't play BF3 but if you are just running in stereo there shouldn't be any difference between the two cards. BF3 does not use open al or any other engine that would send any positional settings to the audio driver. There may be something thats set up differently.
You aren't using cmss3d or thx tru-studio? Is windows set to 5.1 or stereo?

Stereo on windows, no CMSS-3D or any other enhancements. It's the same on any game I've ever played with the Xonar, it's different. Like I said, ask one of the Audiophile gurus, the two cards process the sound different.

If I remember the Asus cards will make sounds "queued" which may be part of it.
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Stereo on windows, no CMSS-3D or any other enhancements. It's the same on any game I've ever played with the Xonar, it's different. Like I said, ask one of the Audiophile gurus, the two cards process the sound different.
If I remember the Asus cards will make sounds "queued" which may be part of it.

On BF3 all that the sound card does with a stereo signal is just turn the digital signal sent from the game's audio engine and convert it to an analog signal, thats it.

Unless I see some evidence to the contrary.

Here is a pretty good overview on some different pc audio technologies that makes no mention of your claims.
Edited by BababooeyHTJ - 2/5/12 at 3:01pm
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