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Gaming Sound Card - Asus Xonar or HT Omega? Other suggestions?

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Since I was getting barely any hits and no responses, decided to narrow my questioning a bit.

I'm looking at the ASUS Xonar Essence ST (or STX), and HT Omega Claro Halo (or claro and claro+).

Use will be mainly for gaming with Sennheiser PC350's. I do listen to music and movies on my Logitech Z-2300 speakers. Even if the card might be overboard now, I just want one that will allow room to upgrade in the future.

Please post your opinions/suggestions on which I should purchase!

EDIT: If I was to say the card was only going to be plugged into my headphones and used for gaming, which would you choose?
Edited by sivarthcaz - 3/21/11 at 6:16pm
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I changed up my thread details, hopefully this will gain some attention.
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Xonar D2X? Reason I say this that you would need the expansion card if you want to attach more than 2.0 to the STX / STX.
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They have the extension card though for the STX if you want 7.1.
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Originally Posted by chinesekiwi View Post
Xonar D2X? Reason I say this that you would need the expansion card if you want to attach more than 2.0 to the STX / STX.
Do you know how the Xonar D2X varies from the listed cards in the original post in terms of gaming?

If I was to say the card was only going to be plugged into my headphones and used for gaming, which would you choose?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by sivarthcaz View Post
Do you know how the Xonar D2X varies from the listed cards in the original post in terms of gaming?

If I was to say the card was only going to be plugged into my headphones and used for gaming, which would you choose?
Since all the cards you listed (D2X, STX/ST, Claro Halo) use the same C-Media CMI8788 digital signal processor (DSP), the gaming experience will be relatively similar in terms of sound positioning. The only sound card that can really outdo the CMI8788 would be the X-Fi in the Titanium HD.
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post #7 of 8
I'd just get a D2. Won't matter for your purposes, and AFAIK, HT | OMEGA cards have a lot of chipset issues.
    
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The Xonar D2 and D2X do not have front panel connectors. Now, I know some of you condemn front panel connectors and for an audiophile, that really is something I should be complaining about but my Xonar D1's front panel is completely silent and really adds value to the card.
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