Overclock.net › Forums › Components › Sound Cards and Computer Audio › I can't choose between 2 soundcards.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

I can't choose between 2 soundcards.

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
I'm looking forward to buy either the Asus Xonar Essence STX or the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD as a birthday gift but I don't really know which one to buy.
I have a pair of Audioengine A2 speakers so I mostly listen to music and don't really need huge bass but sound clarity. So which one is better suited for my speakers?

BTW, where I live here, the Asus is a little bit cheaper than the Creative.
Crow
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 920 C0 @ 3.80 GHz Asus P6T Deluxe V1 Gainward GTX 280 6GB (3x2GB) Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Seagate Barracuda 1TB + Corsair Force F120 SSD Sony Optiarc BWU-500S Blu-Ray Burner Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit Asus VK222H (Calibrated using Spyder3 Pro) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G11 Corsair TX750W Silverstone Raven RV-01 Logitech G9 
  hide details  
Reply
Crow
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 920 C0 @ 3.80 GHz Asus P6T Deluxe V1 Gainward GTX 280 6GB (3x2GB) Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Seagate Barracuda 1TB + Corsair Force F120 SSD Sony Optiarc BWU-500S Blu-Ray Burner Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit Asus VK222H (Calibrated using Spyder3 Pro) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G11 Corsair TX750W Silverstone Raven RV-01 Logitech G9 
  hide details  
Reply
post #2 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by VortexBlast View Post
I'm looking forward to buy either the Asus Xonar Essence STX or the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD as a birthday gift but I don't really know which one to buy.
I have a pair of Audioengine A2 speakers so I mostly listen to music and don't really need huge bass but sound clarity. So which one is better suited for my speakers?

BTW, where I live here, the Asus is a little bit cheaper than the Creative.
I would probably go with the Asus, but I'm probably a bit biased since I own an Asus card and I hear quite often that Creative's drivers are terrible.
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II X4 940 Asus M3N-HT Deluxe Asus GTX 570 4096MB G.Skill DDR2 1066 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
1TB WD Caviar Black Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Asus VE228H 21.5" Logitech G11 
PowerCaseMouse
Antec Earthwatts 650W Antec 900 Logitech G5 
  hide details  
Reply
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II X4 940 Asus M3N-HT Deluxe Asus GTX 570 4096MB G.Skill DDR2 1066 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
1TB WD Caviar Black Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Asus VE228H 21.5" Logitech G11 
PowerCaseMouse
Antec Earthwatts 650W Antec 900 Logitech G5 
  hide details  
Reply
post #3 of 11
i like my friends xonar a bit better for clarity but i'm happy with my titanium. either way they are both good sound cards
post #4 of 11
Go for the Xonar. Really, honestly, the Xonar is a definitely great card, the latest X-fi hasn't really had enough testing by audiophiles yet to be sure.
Ryzen 5 1600
(12 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 MSI B350 Gaming Plus Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 WINDFORCE2 OC 16GB (2x8GB) Corsair DDR4 Vengeance LED, PC4-24... 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
256GB Samsung PM961 Polaris M.2 NVMe  1TB Toshiba DT01ACA100 3.5" HDD, SATA III  Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Windows 10 64 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Unicomp Model M 650W EVGA SuperNOVA G1, 80PLUS Gold, Full Modular Kolink Luminosity Cooler Master Reaper Aluminium 
  hide details  
Reply
Ryzen 5 1600
(12 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 MSI B350 Gaming Plus Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 WINDFORCE2 OC 16GB (2x8GB) Corsair DDR4 Vengeance LED, PC4-24... 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
256GB Samsung PM961 Polaris M.2 NVMe  1TB Toshiba DT01ACA100 3.5" HDD, SATA III  Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Windows 10 64 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Unicomp Model M 650W EVGA SuperNOVA G1, 80PLUS Gold, Full Modular Kolink Luminosity Cooler Master Reaper Aluminium 
  hide details  
Reply
post #5 of 11
I just got my Xonar STX and I'm going to install it soon but from what I've heard it's much better for the general user (While Creative cards are tailored towards games; but that isn't to say that the STX is bad for games [It's actually really good]). So if you want the best bang for your buck, I'd go with the STX!
Also the STX has amazing packaging.
Summer - '08
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 Duo E7200 @3.8GHz Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3L ASUS 5770 V-Tweak Ed. 1020/1380 @ 1.225V 4gb G.Skill ram 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
160/320GB + 1TB WD Black Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Samsung Syncmaster 2493HM Saitek Eclipse II 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
OCZ StealthXStream 600W Antec 900 Logitech G500 QcK+ 
  hide details  
Reply
Summer - '08
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 Duo E7200 @3.8GHz Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3L ASUS 5770 V-Tweak Ed. 1020/1380 @ 1.225V 4gb G.Skill ram 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
160/320GB + 1TB WD Black Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Samsung Syncmaster 2493HM Saitek Eclipse II 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
OCZ StealthXStream 600W Antec 900 Logitech G500 QcK+ 
  hide details  
Reply
post #6 of 11
i think creative suck, so a asus xonar
the xonars sound clearer and crisper than x-fi's, i think only the newest expensive xfi is close

remmber to check to see if u need a power cable/adapter for the xonar, they take a floppy plug on some models
teh shiny
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
q6600 misi neo 2 4870 +9600gt 8gb 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
windows 7 24" + 20" ms natural 700w akasa 
CaseMouseMouse Pad
antec p182 mirror finish :D razer lacharis func :o 
  hide details  
Reply
teh shiny
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
q6600 misi neo 2 4870 +9600gt 8gb 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
windows 7 24" + 20" ms natural 700w akasa 
CaseMouseMouse Pad
antec p182 mirror finish :D razer lacharis func :o 
  hide details  
Reply
post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 
Well both looks tasty but will I benefit for the higher impedance of the STX? The STX has 600 ohms but the X-Fi has only 330 ohms (but it doesn't need to plug a molex connector)
Thanks for the suggestions by the way.
Edited by VortexBlast - 1/5/11 at 7:04pm
Crow
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 920 C0 @ 3.80 GHz Asus P6T Deluxe V1 Gainward GTX 280 6GB (3x2GB) Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Seagate Barracuda 1TB + Corsair Force F120 SSD Sony Optiarc BWU-500S Blu-Ray Burner Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit Asus VK222H (Calibrated using Spyder3 Pro) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G11 Corsair TX750W Silverstone Raven RV-01 Logitech G9 
  hide details  
Reply
Crow
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 920 C0 @ 3.80 GHz Asus P6T Deluxe V1 Gainward GTX 280 6GB (3x2GB) Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Seagate Barracuda 1TB + Corsair Force F120 SSD Sony Optiarc BWU-500S Blu-Ray Burner Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit Asus VK222H (Calibrated using Spyder3 Pro) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G11 Corsair TX750W Silverstone Raven RV-01 Logitech G9 
  hide details  
Reply
post #8 of 11
Pick up my Creative X Fi Elite Pro!
post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
I've just purchased the Asus Xonar Essence STX and first impressions are really good. There's a huge difference. The bass are much cleaner, more precise and less muddy. The vocal is much more pronounced and less drowned in the instruments. The addition of virtual surround is a great plus too while watching movies. Haven't tested voice recording yet.
Just a question, my Audioengine A2 has RCA connectors and so does the STX. Is it better to connect RCA from the A2s to RCA from the STX or 1/8 jack from the A2s to RCA from the Xonar?

PS: It's a shame that it's still not on par but yet quite close to my Shure SE530's. Can I use my SE530 connected to the headphone jack when needed or will the impedance be too strong and will cause damage?
Edited by VortexBlast - 1/7/11 at 3:52pm
Crow
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 920 C0 @ 3.80 GHz Asus P6T Deluxe V1 Gainward GTX 280 6GB (3x2GB) Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Seagate Barracuda 1TB + Corsair Force F120 SSD Sony Optiarc BWU-500S Blu-Ray Burner Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit Asus VK222H (Calibrated using Spyder3 Pro) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G11 Corsair TX750W Silverstone Raven RV-01 Logitech G9 
  hide details  
Reply
Crow
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 920 C0 @ 3.80 GHz Asus P6T Deluxe V1 Gainward GTX 280 6GB (3x2GB) Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Seagate Barracuda 1TB + Corsair Force F120 SSD Sony Optiarc BWU-500S Blu-Ray Burner Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit Asus VK222H (Calibrated using Spyder3 Pro) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G11 Corsair TX750W Silverstone Raven RV-01 Logitech G9 
  hide details  
Reply
post #10 of 11
I've had the same doubts. I went for the X-fi titanium HD. Because:

1. Don't need the opamp, already have a dedicated headamp
2. I play FPS, and need the card for pinpointing.

I've also heard the essence at a friend, it really sounds good. But I couldn't really compare because we use different setups. Soundstage wise, I thought the esssence was lacking, but perhaps that was because I'm used to my dedicated headamp?
Home
(18 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 2600k GA-P67A-UD4 HD 6990 Corsair Vengeance Low Profil 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Kingston SSD Intel postville Samsung Spinpoint Accelero Twin Turbo 6990 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Thermalright Ultra Extreme Windows 7 Ultimate Dell 2711 HZ27WC 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco Majestouch Blue Corsair AX850 Cooler Master Advanced II Logitech G9x 
Mouse PadAudio
Razer eXactMat Creative X-fi Titanium HD 
  hide details  
Reply
Home
(18 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 2600k GA-P67A-UD4 HD 6990 Corsair Vengeance Low Profil 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Kingston SSD Intel postville Samsung Spinpoint Accelero Twin Turbo 6990 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Thermalright Ultra Extreme Windows 7 Ultimate Dell 2711 HZ27WC 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco Majestouch Blue Corsair AX850 Cooler Master Advanced II Logitech G9x 
Mouse PadAudio
Razer eXactMat Creative X-fi Titanium HD 
  hide details  
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Sound Cards and Computer Audio
Overclock.net › Forums › Components › Sound Cards and Computer Audio › I can't choose between 2 soundcards.