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Essence ST/STX vs Forte vs Titanium HD

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I'm looking for a replacement of my good old X-Fi XtremeMusic sound card. Budget is not a problem so I'm mainly interested in the cards mentioned above.

I know it's a tough call as everyone has different opinions but if someone has tested some of these cards or went from an old X-Fi to them I'd love to hear what they have to say about it.
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Xonar ST.

However I am partial as I own one. If you have the luxury to choose between PCI or PCIe on your mobo, go with the PCI version (ST). It uses power from the PSU instead of through the motherboard reducing electrical noise interference.
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stx, the forte is nice and I loved it and the stx is absolutely amazing
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Xonar ST.

However I am partial as I own one. If you have the luxury to choose between PCI or PCIe on your mobo, go with the PCI version (ST). It uses power from the PSU instead of through the motherboard reducing electrical noise interference. haha
    
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for mixed use, the Essence ST / STX.
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Right, are any good the opamps or should I already start looking for swappable ones?
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post #7 of 11
Don't get the Forte they die on people early. Get a HT Omega Claro Halo better than all the cards you listed.
post #8 of 11
I have owned all four of those. To be honest, they all have similar sound signatures, it comes down to what you need (we need to know what headphones you use to answer your question). If you need the built in amp, go with the st/stx, if not go with the forte.
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I couldn't find an European retailer and taxes are huge where I live.


Forgot, phones are Beyers DT880 250 ohms.
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post #10 of 11
go with the st or the stx. Preferably the ST, but if you want it to be pci-e then the STX is good too. The amp should help with those.
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