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went with the auzentech hometheater hd... thanks guys
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you guys forgot the ht omega claro(halo)
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i checked the omega out but it was best for headset users
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Xonar STX if you have a Free PCIE slot, IF you dont then Xonar ST. The PC350 will get justice from being ampped any way. I Suggest you do get a card with a hp amp on it any way.

The Xonar ST has a jitter protection while STX doesnt. Thats the only diff between them to. Xonars can emulate EAX5 sure its not perfect But I dont have any issues with it.

IF you must have X-FI chipset then The Forte, The Forte has a breakout Analog I/O that you have to use for the speakers, While the HP amp has a dip jumper on the card to change its imp to your headphones.

The Bravura is another choice tho Its hp amp settings is a button you press on the card while its on. By Default Its on high imp hp setting.

Tho Like I mention I highy Suggest a Xonar STX, Then Set the HP amp Settings to high Gain for your PC350s. To switch back and forth from Speakers to headphones usage you select Headphones or 2speakers from the analog out,when its on headphones the hp amp settings will appears as a hammer icon next to it btw.

Edit: Just saw you already went for the Auzentech HDMI card.
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Xonar STX if you have a Free PCIE slot, IF you dont then Xonar ST. The PC350 will get justice from being ampped any way. I Suggest you do get a card with a hp amp on it any way.

The Xonar ST has a jitter protection while STX doesnt. Thats the only diff between them to. Xonars can emulate EAX5 sure its not perfect But I dont have any issues with it.

IF you must have X-FI chipset then The Forte, The Forte has a breakout Analog I/O that you have to use for the speakers, While the HP amp has a dip jumper on the card to change its imp to your headphones.

The Bravura is another choice tho Its hp amp settings is a button you press on the card while its on. By Default Its on high imp hp setting.

Tho Like I mention I highy Suggest a Xonar STX, Then Set the HP amp Settings to high Gain for your PC350s. To switch back and forth from Speakers to headphones usage you select Headphones or 2speakers from the analog out,when its on headphones the hp amp settings will appears as a hammer icon next to it btw.

Edit: Just saw you already went for the Auzentech HDMI card.
i checked the xonar out and its a great card but it was mostly geared towards headphones from what I was getting and im not really a headphone guy. But i'll get back on how the auzentech sounds since its meant for everything and has an amp'ed headphone also
Edited by MaverickNemesis - 9/19/10 at 6:52am
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can I get some input on how the ASUS Xonar Essence ST, HT | OMEGA Claro Halo XT, AuzenTech HomeTheater HD and Creative X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion Series perform?
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@MaverickNemisis - My understanding is that AuzenTech is an improved version of Creative's stuff. It uses the X-FI chip and similar if not the same drivers as Creative. That's not a good thing. I'm looking for a top of the line sound card as well, but after owning an X-FI Gamer, I am NOT considering anything from or associated with Creative. The X-FI sound quality is okay, but I've had a lot of driver issues (Win XP) and I'm just not satisfied with the card, software or Creative in general. I'd only buy Creative if gaming was the primary thing I do on the PC.

I'm on the fence b/t either an Asus Essense STX or the soon to be released PCI-E Claro. It's supposed to be a Claro Plus with a headphone amp similar to the Halo's. I'm trying to finish my new i7-930 based build so I'd like to make a decision soon on whether to wait on the Claro PCI-E or just go ahead and get the STX.

My current speakers are Klipsch Pro Media and headphones are AKG 240 Studio. Okay, not the best, but I just don't have the cash to upgrade for a while. I'll definitely get better headphones as some point and maybe speakers as well if I can find ones compatible with my space limitations.

I listen generally through the speakers but do use the headphones quite a bit as well. So whatever I get should be good at both.

I'll use this PC for just about everything, though I'm not too much of a gamer. Mostly it will be video encoding/editing/playback and to a lesser extent audio editing/playback. I'll do some audio recording as well, but I have a Presonus Firebox+Cubase for that. Eventually I hope to get all my audio & video files to external HDDs and play through my HT system via WDTV Live Media Player.

I have ZERO experience with either Asus or HT Omega products. From what I can tell, they are about equal in sound quality, though my impression is that the Claro line is a bit more well rounded (i.e. good if not great at gaming/HT/audio) and more flexible in terms of output while the STX is a bit better for audio sound quality. Other than that, the Asus does have an EMI shield which at least will protect the circuits from contact with other cables.

Any suggestions?

Thanks


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though intel replaced/discontinued the 930 for the 950?
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though intel replaced/discontinued the 930 for the 950?

I don't think the 930 is discontinued, but in any event, I already bought the 930 and installed it so it's too late to RMA.

Any thoughts about the sound cards?


Edited by goesto11 - 6/10/13 at 4:17pm
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