Originally Posted by Self
Battlefield Bad Company 2
This is one game that not only takes into account how well you can spot and aim, but also get the relative position of where the enemy is. Knowing where the guy is and hearing either his screams or footsteps can help you substantially.
The X-Fi Titanium HD knows how to handle this game and handles it extremely well because of the X-Fi DSP. Footsteps are easy to hear, but the voices of enemy soldiers and gunshots from every direction are as well. Not only can you actually hear the sounds, but you can also gauge where and how far they are. 50 yards away at 10 o'clock sounds like 50 yards away at 10 o'clock. This gives you a tactical advantage that helps you flank his position or destroy his cover depending on your style of play.
The Essence STX, like the Xonar D1, has serious problems with this game. You know you're getting shot but you don't know where the person is shooting from. Really the most accurate sounds you're going to hear are the ones where they're about 10 feet or less away. If they're farther than that, positioning is a crapshoot because you either hear it way too late (as you're about to die) or you don't hear it at all. I did expect this though because the STX, like its lesser sibling, the D1, is very much handicapped in this game by the CMedia Oxygen HD DSP. It's really frustrating coming from the Titanium HD.
I have DSP options turned off on both cards (such as Dolby Headphone and GX2.0).
Please see the STX vs TiHD comparison in my sig.