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Razer Barracuda AC-1 vs. Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty

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So I'm pretty tired of my Razer Barracuda AC-1. It doesn't play nice with a lot of games and I feel it may be holding back my Logitech Z-5500's. I was wondering if I would hear a considerable difference if I got the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty sound card. I also listen to music 70% of the time rather than game and was wondering if the audio quality would be better.

What are your thoughts?

PS: Price range is ~$140 to 200
    
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If you can go for the ASUS Xonar D2 or X-FI prelude. They would sound a lot better then the Razer Barracuda. I had the Razer Barracuda to replace my X-fi Extrememusic and you can tell the difference for sure. I too have the z5500 and the extrememusic blow away the Razer Barracuda by a long shot.

I hear music 90% of the time. I sold my Razer Barracuda and stood with the X-fi.
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Thanks for the suggestion. +Rep. Good to hear that my worries are not unfounded. I'll have to take a look at those cards. Any other ex-barracuda owners wanna weigh in?
    
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Also, does anybody know if the driver problems for the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty are true and if so, what kind of problems have people had?
    
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Not sure about the Fatal1ty version, but my normal x-fi titanium works perfectly on vista 64-bit. Should be the same, I'm sure; like I don't think you would have any issues.

I had the barracuda right before it, but unfortunately I don't have any decent quality headphones to test the differences between the two yet (waiting for some better ones in the mail). They sound fairly similar to me when on the razer barracuda HP-1 headset with a small edge going to the x-fi card. And this might also be giving a bit of a "home field advantage" to the AC-1 (many reviews I read stated that the headphones sounded quite a bit worse out almost any other sound card, again whether this is true or not I can't tell).

I would do another comparison when I get my grados headphones in, but I sold my ac-1 to my cousin, so I might not have a chance until long after you've already bought the card that you want

EDIT: By the way, I'm sure you could find a better card in your price range. I only went with the titanium because I needed a PCIe x1 card and found some one selling 10 new titaniums on ebay for $45 each.

If you do end up following the titanium path maybe consider getting just the plain titanium and not the fatal1ty edition. The only difference between the two cards is that one has more onboard RAM that the other (apparently 16mb vs 64mb according to creative here: http://support.creative.com/kb/ShowA...aspx?sid=54521) and to be honest it's really just a gimmick. You have 8gb, the extra 48mb footprint from a sound card would never make a difference.
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Would you like to sell me your Barracuda AC-1 if you decide to buy a new sound card? I've been looking for a cheap used one to test if the HP-1 headsets sound any better with the sound card.
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Wow, that link was a great find. That information was very valuable. I guess I'll throw out the Fatal1ty version. What do the audiophiles think are the best cards in the $140-200 range (especially for music)?

Edit: That ASUS Xonar D2 looks like it would be very good for music and movie watching. Anybody have one?
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Would you like to sell me your Barracuda AC-1 if you decide to buy a new sound card? I've been looking for a cheap used one to test if the HP-1 headsets sound any better with the sound card.
Sorry, if I upgrade I'll probably throw this card to my little brother. He would love it.
    
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For me personally I will not buy anything with the Fatal1ty name on it...All you are doing is paying extra for the name...not the quality
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