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Originally Posted by mim3tic;12899021 
How about everybody who is giving their advice here give a little justification to why they are saying it. It would be sad that you are advising Asus just based on the fact that you personally like Asus and hate creative.

I bet the majority here saying go with the STX have never owned or heard the X-fi titanium HD

I agree. It seems that those that have stated a preference have not clarified if they have used both cards or not.

I used both cards for 30 days straight. side by side. I disliked the ASUS software over the Creative very much. Cramped, outdated, hard to read even on a big monitor.

Drivers? STX was extremely small. Creative's was a much bigger install, but you get Audio Creation Mode with a lot of options and choices. You can keep three separate interfaces.

Sound? Swap the OpAmps and everything changes. I used a pair of National 49720NA's to replace the stock OpAmps on the Titanium HD. Great Choice and it cost me $8.00 with $3.00 shipping.

Headphones? How many people use headphones that have an impedance requirement of 600 ohms? Probably not as many as those that use 300 or below.

It is nice to have if you need it though.

Hope that sheds some light on my personal preference.
post #12 of 44
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Originally Posted by chalkbluffgrown;12899088 
I disliked the ASUS software over the Creative very much. Cramped, outdated, hard to read even on a big monitor.

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This is from the HARDOCP review in regards to the software control panels of the 2 cards
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After having used the two cards' individual control panel programs and tray applets, we have to say that we preferred the Creative set. There are so many variables that can simply be overlooked in the ASUS set when playing a game or a "legacy" direct sound game.

Also in the ASUS software, a user must always choose the number of sound channels present in the movie he is watching and this is a pain. When you forget to see if you have 2, 4, 5, or 7.1 channels and set it incorrectly, playback is terrible. With Creative's software, we chose the number of speakers we had, turned CMSS-3d on for movies and games, and off for music.
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that's right the main cons of asus's is that we must choose manually the sound ch's source...

already use prelude and now stx
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post #15 of 44
Settle down there young tight that is not what was being implied.

Oh by the way the Prelude is not a Titanium HD. So what exactly are you trying to say when you mention that you previously owned the prelude?
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Originally Posted by Paradigm;12899613 
Settle down there young tight that is not what was being implied.

Oh by the way the Prelude is not a Titanium HD. So what exactly are you trying to say when you mention that you previously owned the prelude?

well what i'm trying to say...prelude using x-fi' and creative's software....
so creative's compared to non creative's component and software...

so x-fi's and non x-fi's card, they got their own pro and cons....
(except prodigy's card i heard it's x-fi's not using creative software...)

and i think titanium HD is worth to try, just go for stx if u into more audiophile than gaming....

another cons of stx :
- lack of optical in, it's line in only support stereo analog via 6.3mmjack(shared with it's mic in)
so u can't hook ur consoles/another gadget via optical in for soundcard processing....(i dunno if there's another way)
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asus st/x all the way
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post #18 of 44
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Originally Posted by sugiik;12899732 

so x-fi's and non x-fi's card, they got their own pro and cons....
(except prodigy's card i heard it's x-fi's not using creative software...)


You have to understand that the Titanium HD is the first Creative card to be built specifically and natively for Windows 7. The driver has been re-written from the ground up. SO what ever experiences you had in the past with regards to the older generation-xp cards on win Vista/7 etc.. does not necessarily apply to this product.

I have had no issues as of yet in the past 4 months with creative's FEB 2011 Driver set. Of course all sound cards have there problems and Asus is not expect from this.

It tires and upsets me that the following mantra is propagated "if your into Audio go with ASUS". Now to to be fair it was for a good reason since in the last 2 years it held true. However since 2010 that statement no longer holds water, since we have competition from creative.

Spec wise on paper the Titanium HD is a superior Stereo soundcard. Subjectively well if you don't take my word, Go read what others have said via reviews and on there forums such such as ROBSICX at Guru3d or Earl Kiem @ Hard OCP both praise the card and it's sound signature all emphasizing it's warm, musical and detailed signature.

I have replaced my Asus STX since my purchase of the Titanium HD. What I stand by is that for gaming, CMSS works better than Asus DD. I used the STX while gaming for the past 2 years and I can say with confidence that Creative is still the king when it comes to 3d Positional and environmental gaming audio. Asus for games was either a hit or miss and it's GX liked to crash certain games( a well known problem)

I will agree that EAX/openAL effects don't seem quite as important as they used to be but to some they are mandatory when you consider also that many game houses are used to working with the EAX effect routines. I am sure you will still see EAX used to some extent on newer titltes but it will be through the OpenAL API

I just want to point out since 1998 I have never owned Creative card. I refused to buy them for over 10 years since I despised them as a company that killed off audio innovation in the pc realm and instead created a monopoly.
Edited by Paradigm - 3/28/11 at 6:23am
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well let just say titanium HD are worth to buy ^^
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post #20 of 44
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Originally Posted by mim3tic;12899021 
How about everybody who is giving their advice here give a little justification to why they are saying it. It would be sad that you are advising Asus just based on the fact that you personally like Asus and hate creative.

I bet the majority here saying go with the STX have never owned or heard the X-fi titanium HD

This man speaks the truth.

I have a Titanium HD and its pretty beast. It was a huge upgrade over my older X-Fi Xtrememusic.
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