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Hey guys,

I was wondering if it's worth upgrading my sound card to maybe the stx or zxr? I'm upgrading my computer case. so looking for things to upgrade too in a one-time thing..
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What do you use your computer for?

I've made it a rule to stay far away from anything bearing the "Fatal1ty" monicker ever since I feel I got ripped off on a headset bearing that name (that are now gathering dust on my headphone rack).

Not saying that you need to jump to the STX or ZxR right away if you don't need to, though. Right now, you can get the TiHD for a pretty good price and have most of the features that the STX and ZxR have, aside from the headphone amplifier that is built into both.
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What do you use your computer for?

I've made it a rule to stay far away from anything bearing the "Fatal1ty" monicker ever since I feel I got ripped off on a headset bearing that name (that are now gathering dust on my headphone rack).

Not saying that you need to jump to the STX or ZxR right away if you don't need to, though. Right now, you can get the TiHD for a pretty good price and have most of the features that the STX and ZxR have, aside from the headphone amplifier that is built into both.

Sorry to hear about that tongue.gif, i got my Fatal1ty for 60$ used! other than that i do indeed stay away from the Fatal1ty gimmick.

I mostly use my computer for gaming, but not a FPS type of guy(Starcraft 2/Dota2) ftw. So sound isn't important to me, but my music is! My Equipment consist of entry level stuff i would say... ATH-M50/Promedia( but im upgrading these to Passive + amp) in the summer.

The built in headphone amp for the ZxR/Stx is nice cause I'm planning to upgrade my headphones again in the future tongue.gif
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If that's the case, I say go for it.

You'll save $70-$100 getting the ST/STX rather than the ZxR, but both seem to be great cards (I have a DG).

The benefit of the ZxR (and really the whole Z series) is that you don't have to unplug your headphones to switch to the speakers. Not sure if the ST/STX has that feature.

Note that the amplified port on the ZxR is on the back (front audio out is not amplified) and is a 1/4" jack rather than the standard 1/8". Not a big deal these days, especially as you venture into higher grade headphones as most if not all of them either come with a 1/4" plug (with a short cord adapter for the 1/8" plug a la Grado) or come with a screw on 1/4" adapter.
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If that's the case, I say go for it.

You'll save $70-$100 getting the ST/STX rather than the ZxR, but both seem to be great cards (I have a DG).

The benefit of the ZxR (and really the whole Z series) is that you don't have to unplug your headphones to switch to the speakers. Not sure if the ST/STX has that feature.

Note that the amplified port on the ZxR is on the back (front audio out is not amplified) and is a 1/4" jack rather than the standard 1/8". Not a big deal these days, especially as you venture into higher grade headphones as most if not all of them either come with a 1/4" plug (with a short cord adapter for the 1/8" plug a la Grado) or come with a screw on 1/4" adapter.

Thanks for the information dude!

Any OCNers here experience the stx and ZxR? My local computer store seems to be out of Zxr's.. but they have the Zx in stock. Are those any good compare to the STX?
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