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So is the HT omega suited more towards using headphones than the STX? They both have the built in amps, so I'm not sure what would be better.

I guessed I've narrowed it down to those two though.
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post #12 of 22
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Originally Posted by JPJ5624;12465527 
So is the HT omega suited more towards using headphones than the STX?

I guessed I've narrowed it down to those two.

HT omega is more all purpose per say, it doesn't have an amp if i remember correctly but it does sound good. Both are great cards, do you want an amp and removable opamps? get the STX, want changable opamps? get the ST. want good sound quality but none fo those the Claro will be an excellent choice,
post #13 of 22
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Originally Posted by Eagle1337;12465445 
Asus sucks with driver support, but creative is worse imo.
I really really don't like to support creative with the BS they pull.
My card is useless because I lost the driver cd and creative wants me to buy their software now.

While this may be true, I have had absolutely no problems with the driver I am currently using with the STX. I have been throughly impressed with my stx while using my current set of cans (audiotechnica ath-a700) , but have yet to hook up any speakers or any decent speakers for that matter, yet.
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While this may be true, I have had absolutely no problems with the driver I am currently using with the STX. I have been throughly impressed with my audiotechnicas while using these cans, but have yet to hook up any speakers or any decent speakers for that matter, yet.

That's true but once the next high end asus comes out the driver support dies.
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So no one would rather get the Titanium HD? I'm pretty much going with the STX now, but I just want to make sure I'm not going to regret it.
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Originally Posted by Eagle1337;12465564 
That's true but once the next high end asus comes out the driver support dies.

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Thats terrible.
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post #17 of 22
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Originally Posted by JPJ5624;12465573 
So no one would rather get the Titanium HD? I'm pretty much going with the STX now, but I just want to make sure I'm not doing anything stupid.

I don't think any one would, the ST,STX and HT omega's claro plus are all great cards. You won't go wrong with either of those.

Dude on the plus side driver support may be slow but it comes out and they don't make you pay for features.
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Looks like I'm going with the STX thumb.gif

Once I get some good headphones I'll be all set haha
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post #19 of 22
All of the above are great cards with the Creative one being the only one with a proper gaming DSP. The Asus Xonar line, the HT Omega Claro line and the Auzentech X-Meridian line all use the C-Media Oxygen HD DSP. Soundwise, the Oxygen HD isn't bad at all but you can't discount the fact that in games, the X-Fi DSP is stronger for positional cues. I've had experience with a Xonar D1, Xonar D2X, HT Omega Claro Halo, X-Fi XtremeMusic and the X-Fi Titanium HD.

Eagle1337, what kind of Creative software do you need that you have to buy? It's not like they're asking you to buy the Console Launcher. BTW, both the STX and the ST have headphone amplifiers built in. The X-Fi Ti HD also has replaceable opamps.

Guys, none of the above manufacturers have really bad drivers (all of them work given that you know how to double click). From what I've seen, only HT Omega still has drivers and sound setup programs that look like they're from 2004. It literally looks like the type of setup program you'll see on old C-Media AC97 onboard codecs. I laughed at that when my friend paid $200 for the Claro Halo and it came bundled with this:
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post #20 of 22
had use prelude...
now stx <<< this great !! the cons are, u need to manually change the source channel and manually switch speaker - headphone....

if u only use 2.1 speaker and headphone, no doubt of the sound quality.....

tried in gaming, positional are great !!

haven't tried the ht omega, but from the build spec, it looks great...just go halo/halo xt / eclaro (that's the top line of ht omega i think)
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