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post #21 of 81
How much is this card? I MUST Have one.
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How much is this card? I MUST Have one.
I bought mine from Creative.com with a 30% off coupon code. It was $125.99 with free two day shipping courtesy of Amazon Prime.
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I have one and wow this thing really drives my a700s.
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post #24 of 81
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I bought mine from Creative.com with a 30% off coupon code. It was $125.99 with free two day shipping courtesy of Amazon Prime.
Holy crap they are charging $264 here for the same card... and the AUD is currently higher than the USD!

http://www.xe.com/ucc/convert.cgi?Am...2&image=Submit

post #25 of 81
Creative makes decent cards. They would be much better if they had decent software to back up their hardware. But in my experiences with their software its all terrible.
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Creative makes decent cards. They would be much better if they had decent software to back up their hardware. But in my experiences with their software its all terrible.
I'll admit the early Vista software was atrocious but this is my second X-Fi card on this installation of Windows 7 and I've not had a single issue. Creative's gotten substantially better at making proper software for their sound cards.
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How does this compare with an Essense STX? Any opinions?
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post #28 of 81
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I have had:

X-fi xtreme gamer
X-fi Titanium
X-fi Titanium Fatality Champion w/ front panel (PCI)

and now the HD and there is definitely a difference. When I got the R3F with SLI I couldn't use my Fatality anymore due to location of the PCI slot. I picked up the Titanium from BB which was pcie. It was ok but not as good as the fatality so I ordered the HD. The HD is definitely an improvement, it's hard to describe (as it is with most sound products) but I could tell a difference immediately.
I read somewhere that the x-fi titanium fatality professional/champion uses the same drivers as the titanium HD. Did you really hear a difference between the two?
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post #29 of 81
Hmmm... wonder if I should replace my aging sound card with this...
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post #30 of 81
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I'd say you will notice a difference particularly with the DT990. The TiHD has better components compared to the XtremeMusic, period. The entire layout of the PCB has been redone, the crappy electrolytic capacitors are gone in favor of surface mounted ones, the DAC chip is now a Texas Instruments PCM1794 (the XM uses a Cirrus Logic CS4382), and the opamps are no longer worthless NJM4556 opamps that have been used since the Sound Blaster Live!. I have both the XtremeMusic and Titanium HD and I must say the TiHD is more detailed, isn't as harsh sounding and is more "spacious." Compared to my Xonar D1, it's not as "rich" sounding but is slightly more detailed. I like it. It's an excellent purchase if you're a gamer and still want to enjoy music.
Would you notice a difference using headphones?
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