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I'm going to buy a sound card soon. I do a lot of gaming (about 90% of the time) and a little music listening (about 10% of the time). I'm think about getting either the Asus Xonar STX, or the Asus Xonar D2X. I'll be using these with my HD555s. Which should I get? Is there another card that would better cater to my needs? Thanks!
    
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Asus Xonar STX
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Love my Xonar DS.

Creative isn't as well an established company as Asus, so you can expect better drivers and support from the bigger/better company.

Out of the two listed, I'd get the STX. But you don't need to go uber high end with the soundcard. I'm running Audio technica A900's through my DS and they sound amazing.
Edited by Reflux - 1/30/11 at 9:55pm
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Gaming with Xonars (I have experience with the D1 and D2X) was frustrating especially in BC2. It was hard to hear where the enemies were shooting from because the positioning was either way off (it either sounds like they're shooting from far away or really close) or the gunshots wouldn't even play at all. It wasn't a good experience getting killed because you didn't know where they were shooting from. Since the STX/ST uses the same DSP as the D1 and D2X, it's going to have the same problem. You'll be much better off with an X-Fi in this regard. The XtremeMusic that I have has better positioning than the Xonar D1. Honestly, I would recommend getting the X-Fi Titanium HD because it's competent sound-wise and is far superior in gaming.
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I have no issue with my Xonar DX and BC2.
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Love my Xonar DS.

Creative isn't as well an established company as Asus, so you can expect better drivers and support from the bigger/better company.

Out of the two listed, I'd get the STX. But you don't need to go uber high end with the soundcard. I'm running Audio technica A900's through my DS and they sound amazing.
Not as established? Creative is 9 years older and was a HUGE pioneer in the sound card arena.

You'll get good results with either card IMO, although the Asus Xonar does seem to be very popular around here.
    
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i'd say xonars and better for music and creatives are better for gaming due to the xfi technologies being supported in loads of games. BUT dont quote me on that. thats just how i understand it.
     
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Or go for the Titanium HD which is the better of the 3 for gaming and holds up well for music as well. Not as great as the Essence in terms of music, but it's also significantly cheaper.
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