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So my current setup includes the following, I mostly game and surf the net btw

- Creative X-FI Titanium HD
- Logitech Z-2300
- Creative Fatal1ty MKII Headphones

This setup sounds way better than on board...I absolutely love it....but I am wondering, is there room for improvement with the sound card and headphones? Or do I already have a better than avg setup?

I'm particularly looking into the Asus Xense package with the Sennheiser headphones....would the Asus destory my current Titanium HD/Fatal1ty MKII setup? Or I probably won't hear a difference, and I am just throwing away money?

For those of you who tested both, please input! Thanks!
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Ok, no offense but that is a horrible setup except for the Titanium HD. Get some better speakers and headphones. The NHT SuperZero 2.0 is a nice set. It's only $100. All you need is an amp which you can also use with some better headphones like the AudioTechnica ATH-M50 (or M50s. That has a straight cable instead) which is about $150 and is a good starter set of audiophile headphones.

Edit - I don't own any equipment but I've learned from others.
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Upgrading from the titanium HD would hardly be noticeable with your current setup. Get some new headphones: ATH-M50, HD 595, ATH-A700, ATH-A900, AKG K701, depends on what you want to spend.
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post #4 of 14
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Originally Posted by HybridCore View Post
Ok, no offense but that is a horrible setup except for the Titanium HD. Get some better speakers and headphones. The NHT SuperZero 2.0 is a nice set. It's only $100. All you need is an amp which you can also use with some better headphones like the AudioTechnica ATH-M50 (or M50s. That has a straight cable instead) which is about $150 and is a good starter set of audiophile headphones.

Edit - I don't own any equipment but I've learned from others.
lol no offense taken...it goes to show how little I know about headphones...haha

I'll look into those audio technica's....btw, you say the logitech z-2300 are bad speakers? IMO they hit super sick for a system that costs $120...and thats all I need because my room is small
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post #5 of 14
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Originally Posted by DrGroove View Post
Upgrading from the titanium HD would hardly be noticeable with your current setup. Get some new headphones: ATH-M50, HD 595, ATH-A700, ATH-A900, AKG K701, depends on what you want to spend.
thanks, i'll check out those part numbers you gave me and go from there

and btw, these headphones are recommend for gaming right? i'm not looking to do any sound analyzing or that ish
Edited by steven88 - 2/19/11 at 11:21am
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I'm sorry to say this to you if you're a logitech fan but they produce logicrap. The Z-5500 is OK but not as good as others. AKG headphones take a while. It has like a 300hr burn in time which is long but lots of people say it's worth it. We need to know what you're going to listen to though. Rock? Blues? I'm not a headphone expert but that's what they asked me when I was asking for headphones (I'm set on getting the Denon AH-D2000). I can't tell so you might want to ask the OCN Headphones Club. All of the headphones he's listed can be used for gaming.

Edit - also, are you going to be in a loud or quiet place? Closed headphones are good so you don't hear the people/sounds around you but your ears will sweat quicker. Open headphones are good for places with no sound and won't make your ears so sweaty because the drivers are pumping cool air to your ears at the same time they try to pump sound into your ear. If you want to look for headphones by yourself, don't fall for those 5.1 or 7.1 gimmicks. 2.0 is what most audiophiles use. Just because there are more drivers doesn't mean it sounds better.
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I'm sorry to say this to you if you're a logitech fan but they produce logicrap. The Z-5500 is OK but not as good as others.
Some say that the Z5500s are so bad that even X-540s from Logitech (which are like 50 bucks) sound better. The subwoofer is so overpowering. What you get is loud noise from these.

To the OP: Your Titanium HD is a pretty decent card. You could get better, but would you be willing to pay 180+ for your next card? Probably not the best investment unless you have a lot of cash lying around. I say keep your card. Lose your headphones/headset. That's FOR SURE.

If you want to get new speakers that's fine, but do yourself a favor and at least get a new headset. Those are disgraceful.

What's your budget on the headphones?

Sub 50- RX700s
Sub 65- Rx900s
Sub 90- AD700s

It also depends what you want from the headphones. Do you want the headphones just for gaming and speakers for music? If so the suggestions up there stand. If you want the headphones for music as well, take the AD700s out and tell us what kind of music you listen to etc.

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post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by HybridCore View Post
I'm sorry to say this to you if you're a logitech fan but they produce logicrap. The Z-5500 is OK but not as good as others. AKG headphones take a while. It has like a 300hr burn in time which is long but lots of people say it's worth it. We need to know what you're going to listen to though. Rock? Blues? I'm not a headphone expert but that's what they asked me when I was asking for headphones (I'm set on getting the Denon AH-D2000). I can't tell so you might want to ask the OCN Headphones Club. All of the headphones he's listed can be used for gaming.

Edit - also, are you going to be in a loud or quiet place? Closed headphones are good so you don't hear the people/sounds around you but your ears will sweat quicker. Open headphones are good for places with no sound and won't make your ears so sweaty because the drivers are pumping cool air to your ears at the same time they try to pump sound into your ear. If you want to look for headphones by yourself, don't fall for those 5.1 or 7.1 gimmicks. 2.0 is what most audiophiles use. Just because there are more drivers doesn't mean it sounds better.
lol, okay I'll take your word for it....maybe I haven't heard top tier audio stuff...but for me, the z-2300 fits the bill and sounds good to me....I don't wanna drop huge $$ on a crazy system because I don't have the space and money for it

Here are some key points for those interested

- Gaming first person shooters, strategy, RPG
- Headphones more important, I game at night and don't want to wake up anyone
- I don't mind paying more for a sound card. Thats IF it gives me performance upgrades. I'm willing to drop $$ on Asus Xonars
- Same with headphones, I don't mind paying for $200 phones but it HAS to sound amazing. And I mean overall gaming/music/internet. Not just excel in just music
- Music type, mostly mainstream top 40, rap. I'll watch youtube videos as well

Thanks for all the help guys!
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post #9 of 14
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I don't wanna drop huge $$ on a crazy system because I don't have the space and money for it
You don't have to. There's plenty of decent stuff for cheap (that isn't logitech).
For the same price, you can get Swan M10, which is much better than the z-2300's.

$125

http://www.theaudioinsider.com/produ...products_id=89

Anyway, easily the best sub $200 headphone atm IMO:

Ultrasone PRO650

$147 (steal really).

http://cgi.ebay.com/SHIP-12-HRS-Ultr...ht_1748wt_1135
post #10 of 14
If you're able to drop up to 200 for speakers, we can get you HOOKED up.

M-audio AV40
Swan M10s
ProMedia 2.1

Whatever you want.

As for headphones..mm...You could try those Ultrasones.

I would personally recommend Audio Technica A900s.
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