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Auzentech X-Fi Bravura or X-FI Titanium Fatality PRO?

post #1 of 6
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Hey all,

I need advice on which soundcard to buy tomorrow. I can't use an ASUS Xonar DX (which would be my 1st choice) because my POS motherboard won't recognize it and I don't want to get sucked into driver hell trying to get it to work. So my choices are between:

Auzentech X-Fi Bravura 7.1 PCI Express
Creative Sound Blaster X-FI TITANIUM Fatality PRO

I'm going to almost exclusively be using Sennheiser HD 518's with the card for gaming and some music so I'm leaning towards the Bravura because it has a 6.3mm (1/4") jack and built in headphone amp. But it only has EAX 4.0 support... So maybe the creative? I'm also using Windows 7 Professional x64 if that makes a difference for drivers. Other suggestions are welcome but I need PCI-E and <$150 Canadian.

Any advice would be much appreciated.
post #2 of 6
EAX is both dead and a gimmick. Don't let it be a factor.
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post #3 of 6
The newest and best so far addition to X-Fi series is Titanium HD, it uses solid components unlike some of the X-Fi's. I don't know how it fares against Bravura, but it might be better. It is a bit pricier tho going for 154 in the same place you linked, but it's worth checking out.

I believe Guru3D have a review on it.
post #4 of 6
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Hey thanks for the info. I'll check out the Guru3D review. Do you think the headphone amp in the Bravura will make a big difference?
post #5 of 6
Go for the Titanium HD. It's actually only 135 dollars on Amazon.

[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Creative-Blaster-Titanium-Internal-SB1270/dp/B0041OUA38/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1299366560&sr=8-1"]Amazon.com: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD Internal Sound Card with THX SB1270: Electronics[/ame]

Click the 20 new from $134.99

The 135 dollar one is Amazon. Free shipping no tax.
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post #6 of 6
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Thanks for the advice but I'm in Canada so I can't get that Amazon deal. I can get the Titanium HD down the street at Canadacomputers for $155 + tax, is it significantly better than the Bravura (which is $127)?
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