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Asus Xonar D2x vs Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium

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Hey everyone I have a choice for which sound card I should get. I currently have a 5.1 surround sound system Logitech 5300e
[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Z-5300e-THX-Certified-280-Watt-Surround/dp/B0002SQ0AE"]Amazon.com: Logitech Z-5300e THX-Certified 280-Watt 5.1 Surround Sound PC and Gaming Speaker System: Electronics[/ame] I plug directly into my sound card. No amp. I will mostly game and sometimes listen to music. Which of these two sound cards would give me best sounding performance. Also price is not a factor as I can get them around the same price. The sound card has to be PCI-E. THank you!

Asus Xonar D2x
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829132005&Tpk=Asus%20Xonar%20D2x

Sound blaster X-FI
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102024
Edited by SimplyTheBest - 12/28/10 at 6:22am
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post #2 of 9
The Xonar is better. Hell, the D1/DX is better than that X-fi.

The link to the speakers doesn't work though. If they're cheap speakers don't buy either of those. It'd be a waste of money.
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Hello anyone have an opinion?
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In terms of pure sound quality, the Xonar D2X definitely wins. My friend had one and later on regretted selling it for a X-Fi Fatal1ty but now he has an HT Omega Claro Halo. In fact, I will agree with jason8eg above and say the Xonar D1/DX sound better than the X-Fi.

I own a Xonar D1 and a X-Fi XtremeMusic (hardware almost identical to the X-Fi Titanium non-HD). Having compared them side by side, the D1 is obviously richer sounding and has more "emotion" to the music. However, in gaming, the roles are reversed and the X-Fi has the clear edge in sound positioning and ability to play back more sounds. I've tried both sound cards with Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 speakers and the JVC HA-RX900 and HA-DX3 headphones.
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Totally honest here, you won't be able to hear a difference between your current xtreme gamer and either of those cards with those speakers. Its not worth spending the money, IMO.
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post #6 of 9
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Sorry I didnt mention it I had to remove my Xtreme Gamer sound card when I went SLi, I need to get a PCI-E sound card. Now im using the onboard SupremeFX X-Fi 2 that came with my motherboard. Is it worth it now or not...
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If u play games u'll need the X-fi hands down.
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actually I bought the Xonar D2x on craigslist for 100 bucks, It sounds incredible with my Z-5300e 5.1 speakers. It can handle volumes so load and it just stays clear. Games are incredible no regrets..
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Xonar for sure.
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Originally Posted by SadSoul;11813979 
If u play games u'll need the X-fi hands down.

Nope. No modern PC needs hardware accelerated 3d sound, no new games use EAX, and Xonar does most older EAX games.
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