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False. I currently own a Xonar D1 and have also gamed on a Xonar D2X. I also have owned a X-Fi XtremeMusic and currently a X-Fi Titanium HD. The Xonar cards have awful sound positioning for FPS and is like playing the game with earmuffs. I don't know how many times I've died because I didn't hear someone blatantly shooting in my direction or getting knifed because I didn't hear them walking behind me with the Xonars in Bad Company 2. This was done for an extensive period (read: months) with the same headphones used on both the X-Fi cards and the Xonars.

I almost tossed out the Xonar D1 because of this because it was just that bad.

Bottom line: Xonars are poor for gaming sound positioning but does make music and effects sound really good. X-Fi cards are great with positioning but sound "leaner."
Honestly, it depends on the game and your settings.

Apparently, when gaming, you're supposed to turn on Dolby Headphones and SVN apparently helps as well. For music, you would NEVER want these on because they destroy music.

I also think the game matters as well. If you were trying BC2 with the Xonar, I agree it's REALLY difficult to tell where people are in that game with a Xonar...but with a game like Modern Warfare 2, you can hear EVERYTHING.

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Would you say the Essence STX would be a downgrade in FPS gaming sound positioning than, say, an onboard ALC889? Or do these comments about the Xonars only apply to the lower-end and not the STX?
Almost any sound card is going to be a huge step up in gaming, imo.
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You'd be surprised to find out your HD555 unamped on a Xonar D1 or DX sounds the same as it does on your ST. Been there, done that (almost - with a Little Dot MKII tube amp) with my HD595.
I have a quick question...

I've bought Sennheiser HD598 headphones and was wondering if I should buy Asus Xonar Essence ST or buy something less expensive and un-amped?

I am worried that un-amped sound cards would not feed the headphones to their full potential.

As far as I see both HD555 and HD598 are rate at 50ohm.

I certainly don't want to utilize the onboard realtek crappy sound with those headdies.


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I have a quick question...

I've bought Sennheiser HD598 headphones and was wondering if I should buy Asus Xonar Essence ST or buy something less expensive and un-amped?

I am worried that un-amped sound cards would not feed the headphones to their full potential.

As far as I see both HD555 and HD598 are rate at 50ohm.

I certainly don't want to utilize the onboard realtek crappy sound with those headdies.


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The Xonar DX will be more than enough for your HD598s. STX really isn't worth the move up if you don't have headphones that need amping.
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The Xonar DX will be more than enough for your HD598s. STX really isn't worth the move up if you don't have headphones that need amping.
Alright, fair enough...
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The Xonar DX will be more than enough for your HD598s. STX really isn't worth the move up if you don't have headphones that need amping.
Yep. This is correct.
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Yep. This is correct.
I went ahead and bought Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD for $140 from a local shop. I know the Xonar DX would not have been better? Or would it?

RallyMaster, I see you own one too.

+Rep folks

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I went ahead and bought Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD for $140 from a local shop. I know the Xonar DX would not have been better? Or would it?

RallyMaster, I see you own one too.

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I believe it was the best card for your needs. It's better than the DX as well. Especially for gaming.
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I own both the Titanium HD and the Xonar D1. I also use both. For $140, the TiHD is a good deal. I will say my Xonar D1 for $50 was even better though IMO for casual listening and gaming, the Xonar D1 is better. I only really use the X-Fi for FPS games these days but it sounds good with music as well.
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Thanks again guys. I am just waiting for the HD598s to arrive.

Let me tell you guys my first impressions of the dedicated sound card (btw my ever first dedicated sound card)

Of course, I unillustrated realtek drivers and disabled it in the BIOS.

I tried the songs that I alway listen with Sennheiser HD212 pros and now they sound very lively (as if I am there) and crisp clear even though the headphones are lower end! I am speechless, guys! I can't believe what I've been missing all these years. Why? Why? -.- Still, I can now notice that the HD 212 pros lack clarity in mids and lows are bit mushy.

Watched a quick 720p movie and boy the stereo works amazing. I hear every bit of detail even with HD 212 pros.

In any even, I will never ever go back to integrated sound cards.

Can't wait for my HD598


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Thanks again guys. I am just waiting for the HD598s to arrive.

Let me tell you guys my first impressions of the dedicated sound card (btw my ever first dedicated sound card)

Of course, I unillustrated realtek drivers and disabled it in the BIOS.

I tried the songs that I alway listen with Sennheiser HD212 pros and now they sound very lively (as if I am there) and crisp clear even though the headphones are lower end! I am speechless, guys! I can't believe what I've been missing all these years. Why? Why? -.- Still, I can now notice that the HD 212 pros lack clarity in mids and lows are bit mushy.

Watched a quick 720p movie and boy the stereo works amazing. I hear every bit of detail even with HD 212 pros.

In any even, I will never ever go back to integrated sound cards.

Can't wait for my HD598


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Let this be proof for all that say sound cards are not better than onboard.
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