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I have a Sennheiser PC 350 and thinking of picking up a Creative X-FI Titanium from an ocn user for $45 used

http://www.amazon.com/Creative-SB0880-Express-Blaster-Titanium/dp/B001E25KDK

Will this card give it power to give it the boom and sound quality of the headset? Or should i just save up for a higher end soundcard
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Wait you've been using the PC350 with on board all these time? All I can say is you are missing out. The Titanium is really good SC and for $45 shipped, it's a no brainer. Assuming you are using on board, you'll likely a similar experience like me. My 1st SC was a Xonar D1 which I paired with a Senn HD215, my jaws were dropped when I heard them over the builin Realtek ALC888.biggrin.gif There was so much I couldn't hear before, I could clearly note subtle changes(hear more instruments) when listening certain songs which I'm used to. Those details were non existent before.

I sold the D1 and purchased a Titanium thereafter. The clarity was more or less similar, but i felt the Xonar was more accurate and unaltered in terms of sound. The Titanium felt abit colored, which is certainly not a bad thing if like your sound a bit different. There's also a handful of options on the software side. Personally I feel they're overrated, the Crystallizer, SurroundFX and other gimmick but you might like them.

Also note, the Titanium is PCIe x1 card, so make sure you have a free slot which is not blocked by GPU coolers. If you want to save for something bigger I'd suggest the Titanium HD which is like ~120 brand new. smile.gif
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I am using the X-Fi Titanium HD myself with Sennheiser PC 360's. The 360's don't deliver much bass but I can crank them up all the way, it's as loud as I can stand and it is crystal clear. Gotta love hearing the enemies footsteps devilsmiley.gif . Now if I could just get my teammates to be quiet in Teamspeak....................................
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Wait you've been using the PC350 with on board all these time? All I can say is you are missing out. The Titanium is really good SC and for $45 shipped, it's a no brainer. Assuming you are using on board, you'll likely a similar experience like me. My 1st SC was a Xonar D1 which I paired with a Senn HD215, my jaws were dropped when I heard them over the builin Realtek ALC888.biggrin.gif There was so much I couldn't hear before, I could clearly note subtle changes(hear more instruments) when listening certain songs which I'm used to. Those details were non existent before.
I sold the D1 and purchased a Titanium thereafter. The clarity was more or less similar, but i felt the Xonar was more accurate and unaltered in terms of sound. The Titanium felt abit colored, which is certainly not a bad thing if like your sound a bit different. There's also a handful of options on the software side. Personally I feel they're overrated, the Crystallizer, SurroundFX and other gimmick but you might like them.
Also note, the Titanium is PCIe x1 card, so make sure you have a free slot which is not blocked by GPU coolers. If you want to save for something bigger I'd suggest the Titanium HD which is like ~120 brand new. smile.gif

Yeah. Ive been listening with my pc 350s with my onboard sound. While it still gives fairly amount of good bass, since the previous owner did the bass mod on it, it still doesnt sound as loud as i like it to be. So would having a soundcard boost up the volume? And yeah. I have a extra PCIe free slot, as i got a soundcard before, but for the wrong pci slot doh.gif So i made sure i got the right one this time thumb.gif
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I am using the X-Fi Titanium HD myself with Sennheiser PC 360's. The 360's don't deliver much bass but I can crank them up all the way, it's as loud as I can stand and it is crystal clear. Gotta love hearing the enemies footsteps . Now if I could just get my teammates to be quiet in Teamspeak....................................

Thats what i plan on doing when i hit up CSGO biggrin.gif
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