Originally Posted by Kel Ghu
So much non sense in this threads... It hurts...
First of all, the ZxR will have a similar sound quality and sound signature as STX or Titanium HD:
- They all uses the same OpAmps (JRC2114D and LME49710).
- TiHD and ZxR have an arguably better DAC which is the PCM1794 against PCM1792 for STX. But it's virtually the same DAC, but one is software controlled and the other one hardware-controlled.
- ZxR and STX uses a better headphone amp than TiHD, which is TPA6120A2.
To simplify things for you guys, ZxR is the best bet. It's a STX with a better DAC or a TiHD with a better headphone amplifier but minus the hardware acceleration for games, but who cares, no games support OpenAL nowaday.
Need to make a choice?
- Best overall, probably ZxR. Best hardware and better gaming feature than STX.
- For high-end headphones, ZxR or STX.
- For music through speakers, any of them. They are the best amongst soundcards. But I'd go this way ZxR > STX > TiHD.
- For games, Titanium HD if you play OpenAL games. Otherwise, ZxR. STX has the worst gaming features of the three.
- If you have a Titanium HD, upgrade only if you need the headphone amp.
- if you have a Titanium HD and game a lot, keep your Titanium HD. It's not worth upgrading to ZxR imho.
- Price/quality: For games, TiHD > STX > ZxR. For music, STX > TiHD > ZxR.
I heard someone saying the Z is better than Titanium HD. That's just impossible. The Z has a sub-par DAC and low-quality opamp and caps.
I see no reasons to buy Zx except for the controller and microphone.
Also heard someone laughing about audiophiles with headphones. I should be bashing him. Headphones is the easy and cheaper way to become an audiophile. It's still expensive though.
And finally, you need advice about sound. This is not the right forum. Head over to Head-fi.org.