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post #1 of 7
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Hello folks, thanks for reading. I'd like some assistance in deciding between two sound cards. I read the most recommended audio products page, but I still would like some additional input.

Obligatory information:
Budget: <$100
Music: Rock/Ambient/Soundtrack (No Classical/Rap/Dubstep)
Perks (Ranks): Easy to install/maintain (1), Excellent for gaming (2), Good for music/movies (3)
Equipment: Speakers, Gaming Headset(future), Zalman Clip Mic (current)

The two cards I'm looking at are the X-Fi Titanium and Sound Blaster Recon. From the recommend thread I understand that the Ti is very good, however I am unsure about the age of the product. I have read that it can be tricky to install and sometimes doesn't work at all. I plan on using the card through several builds so I want something that will be supported for the next 3-5 years. I chose the Recon because it seems to be the newer version of the Ti, however I have not seen any reviews about it on this site or elsewhere.

So my questions are; how does the Recon compare to the Ti in terms of gaming performance? Will the Ti be easy to install in my current/future builds? How is product support for the Ti (the drivers haven't been updated for 2 years on the creative site)?

Thanks for your time!
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post #2 of 7
I hear the Asus Xonar DX 7.1 is pretty good and its around 100$ here in Canada.
    
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post #3 of 7
I'd go with the DX as well. I had a Titanium HD for a day and got tired of it in that time. You have to actually unplug your headphones to switch between headphones and speakers.
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post #4 of 7
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I decided against the Xonar because I read that it was not as good for gaming.
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I recently had to get one..and got this one..http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1111756&CatId=2769

Sounds great! :eek.gif: works with all windows..I can finally use my surround-sound headphones! :thumb.gif:
I was really surprised..MUCH better than onboard audio..even the 7.1 ..
Grr..wish I could use it on this mobo..don't see any pci slots frown.gif
 
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post #7 of 7
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That is a good deal! However, ease of installation/stability is really important to me. Is the Ti decently stable with Win 7? If it's questionable I think I'll go with the newer card.
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