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Somewhat offtopic- I've spent a ton of time reading about all of this audio stuff and I'm somewhat intrigued.

Given the needs outlined above, would [ame=http://www.amazon.com/Technica-ATH-AD700-Open-air-Audiophile-Headphones/dp/B000CMS0XU/]ATH-AD700[/ame] prove to be the best quality to suite my needs? From a price perspective I don't mind spending more if the quality improvement justifies it.

I'll be trying out both of the cards starting tomorrow- I'll let you know what I think!
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Unless there's a new kid on the block, i'm pretty sure the AD700s are the best headphones for gamers under $100. I ordered mine after reading all the recommendations and they're phenomenally clear with a very wide sound stage. Only gripe i have is that since they're open they bleed a lot of sound and don't have a very strong low-end.
    
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post #23 of 27
Ladies and Gents,

I returned Titanium HD and bought STX (I was going to buy Xonar DX, but were all open box) Anyway, I can say for sure that STX achieves better and clearer sound than Titanium HD. Mids are extremely accurate and clearer to my ears. Please note, the testing was accomplished with HD598s. Bass is more punchy and highs are really clear (not just crisp) I've listened to the same songs and I can hear much clearer. The quality of music is much better. (subjective preference)

I prefer STX for music listening for sure; nevertheless, Titanium HD is able pf producing great sound.

Bottom line. (again, subjective opinion)
Titanium HD Gaming: 50% Music: 50%
Essence STX Gaming: 25% Music: 75%


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Edited by voxox - 3/22/11 at 12:49am
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Albeit true, I liked the essence stx for BC2 better. I could turn the volume way higher than the HD allowed me to and enjoy full immersion in the battle and background noise. Hence I feel they're great for gaming as well, not just 25% for games.
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by yellowtoblerone;12821988 
Albeit true, I liked the essence stx for BC2 better. I could turn the volume way higher than the HD allowed me to and enjoy full immersion in the battle and background noise. Hence I feel they're great for gaming as well, not just 25% for games.

True. I actually think it's closer to 50% for gaming. Titanium HD is probably 60% gaming and 40% music purpose wise.

They might be both 50/50, but STX just produces amazing, natural (more accurate) and beautiful sound.
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Asus Xonar Xense 7.1 - you get a 600 ohm headphone amp and can hook up up to 7.1 in analog mode.
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Originally Posted by voxox;12822137 
True. I actually think it's closer to 50% for gaming. Titanium HD is probably 60% gaming and 40% music purpose wise.

They might be both 50/50, but STX just produces amazing, natural (more accurate) and beautiful sound.

I ordered both.

FPS make up maybe 35% of games I play- and even then I'm not sure positional advantage is that much worth it if it means everything else sounds worse. Although winning more is always fun smile.gif

I'll post feedback / decision later. Considering it seems like there are a dozen of these threads, if anyone has any questions, feel free to ask.
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