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Originally Posted by steven88 View Post
Is this card worth upgrading from a regular X-Fi Titanium? I know mtbiker said it was.....but I was wondering if anybody else went from X-Fi to X-Fi HD

For those who went straight from on board to X-Fi HD, the difference will be huge. Even if you went Creative's lowest tier sound card, it will sound way better than on board. I'm just wondering if it's worth it to jump from my regular X-Fi to this HD version
I went from the X-fi Xtreme music to this. And the difference is HUGE in music and ESPECIALLY games. The soundstage is much larger. In BCBC2 the sound with the X-fi xtreme music was awesome, but with the titanium HD MIND BLASTING .
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I went from the X-fi Xtreme music to this. And the difference is HUGE in music and ESPECIALLY games. The soundstage is much larger. In BCBC2 the sound with the X-fi xtreme music was awesome, but with the titanium HD MIND BLASTING .
That's good to hear...I'm hoping others can chime in on their experiences and I might just pull the trigger from there

btw, what kind of headphones/speakers are you using? I'm also afraid that my current setup might not take full advantage of the X-Fi HD. I'm using Creative fatal1ty mk2 as my headphones and logitech z-2300 for speakers
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I'm using a dt990 pro and a dedicated headamp (meier audio concerto). Not using a speaker set (have the logitech x-230, but don't use it due to lack of space).

But the card itself has much better quality components, so I think even with your setup, the difference is there.
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Not sure how applicable my scenario is, but I went from an X-Fi Xtrememusic to the X-Fi Fatality Champion card. My output devices are either the Klipsch 2.1 system or my Senn HD650's. The difference in sound quality on the Klipsch was surprising. The imaging of the sound-stage and the tightness, accuracy/clarity and general "oomph", were improved beyond measurably, perhaps significantly is the right term.

I can only imagine that the HD card is an improvement even on this. I got my card on black friday sale for $95, otherwise I would've got the HD.
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Unlike the reg X-FI, this one has audiophile grade components on it like the Xonar ST/STX. Also have op-amp sockets which why HD is at the end of the name.
We're talking about sound here not video, wouldn't it be high fidelity or am I totally losing my mind?

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How does this compare with an Essense STX? Any opinions?
I personally wouldn't buy any other Creative sound card after the 3 that have crapped out on me over the years, of course that's my opinion - inb4 everyone rages at me.

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It's always better to run windows sounds at 100% and adjust games and everything else to compensate, the card has power, you want to use it to it's fullest potential.
Hell. No. I run mine at 10% with medium gain (60-300ohm) on my 595s and 18% with high gain (300ohm+) with my modded JVCs. No one should run their card at 100% volume.

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Neg. Why? Because of firmware limitations i.e. above a certain point, the software will either add added software volume gain and/or the components get too stressed at the power load and adds distortion as a result. For Creative / Auzentech it's 55%, Asus soundcards 76% (been measured).
this pretty much

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Originally Posted by Spritanium View Post
So true.

HD doesn't even mean High Definition anymore. It means "THIS PRODUCT IS MORE EXPENSIVE THAN THE PREVIOUS PRODUCT AND IS THEREFORE BETTER".

Seems like a neat sound card, though.
I'm with you, HD =/= HF
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We're talking about sound here not video, wouldn't it be high fidelity or am I totally losing my mind?



I personally wouldn't buy any other Creative sound card after the 3 that have crapped out on me over the years, of course that's my opinion - inb4 everyone rages at me.



Hell. No. I run mine at 10% with medium gain (60-300ohm) on my 595s and 18% with high gain (300ohm+) with my modded JVCs. No one should run their card at 100% volume.



this pretty much



I'm with you, HD =/= HF
yea your loosing your mind, its not a video thing. audiophile componets are the op-amps used, the dip-8 sockets the caps . normal sound cards uses cheap components. while audiophie grade sound cards uses those components

the org x-fis all used cheap components.
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Hey man, I just went ahead and got this card. I can't say its a huge improvement over my regular X-Fi Titanium. There are some slight improvements. I notice everything is a tad more louder and vibrant, at the same volume. But I'll say, I don't think its worth the upgrade if you already own an X-Fi Titanium (whether its Fatal1ty or regular)

Maybe the x-fi extreme music is not as good as the X-fi Titanium? thats why I couldn't tell too much of a difference when I switched over to Titanium HD

Oh well, regardless....I'm still keeping this card. Just letting everyone else know that if you own a regular X-Fi Titanium (non HD), you won't see a huge difference going to the HD version
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Hey man, I just went ahead and got this card. I can't say its a huge improvement over my regular X-Fi Titanium. There are some slight improvements. I notice everything is a tad more louder and vibrant, at the same volume. But I'll say, I don't think its worth the upgrade if you already own an X-Fi Titanium (whether its Fatal1ty or regular)

Maybe the x-fi extreme music is not as good as the X-fi Titanium? thats why I couldn't tell too much of a difference when I switched over to Titanium HD

Oh well, regardless....I'm still keeping this card. Just letting everyone else know that if you own a regular X-Fi Titanium (non HD), you won't see a huge difference going to the HD version
What kind of speakers/headphones are you using with it?
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What kind of speakers/headphones are you using with it?
logitech z-2300 and creative fatal1ty mkII headset
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http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Creative...=1218229987574

not a bad price
    
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