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post #11 of 35
My take on gaming is that the utmost clarity helps, but I've also been owned by people using USB-based surround headphones, so I think it's a partially moot point. Each person is different...hence our different rigs. I'm considering going this route anyway, since I used different settings on the X-fi for listening to music and gaming. For gaming...X-fi was pretty good, but the surround goofed up a LOT (loss of all sound, buzzing, background noise, partial channel loss). If left in one mode, I didn't have issues.
For your application, maybe just get a good surround card, and have the (hopefully) cheaper gaming headphones.

It's a thought, anyway.
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From what I can see, my best bet would be to go for the Asus Xonar Essence ST. Even though it's PCI. It seems to be a small upgrade from the STX, and you can also connect a card to it to get 7.1. Also heard it has a improved clock curcuit, and because of that got a little better sound and removed some "jittering".


Edit: When reading on most people say they are pretty much the same in performance. I guess my best bet is to go for the one that can be placed the furthest away from the graphics cards. If this was only for gaming, would you rather go for the Auzentech X-Fi Forte 7.1 considering I will be using a headset (Sennheiser PC350)? I see the ST/STX has a built in headphone amp.
post #13 of 35
I've heard of PCI-E noise more often than PCI, so I still would suggest a PCI audio card. A headphone amp is handy for powering headphones to small speakers, and will usually give excellent clarity (assuming quality components are used).
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post #14 of 35
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I found a couple of links:
Asus Xonar Essence STX vs Auzentech X-Fi Forte 7.1 and A lot of sound cards tested

I guess my best bet would be to go for the Forte? A bit concerned on how it works with Counter-Strike Source (as I play it competitivly)
post #15 of 35
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I found a couple of links:
Asus Xonar Essence STX vs Auzentech X-Fi Forte 7.1 and A lot of sound cards tested

I guess my best bet would be to go for the Forte? A bit concerned on how it works with Counter-Strike Source (as I play it competitivly)
Forte's are notorious for dying after a year. Great while it lasts though.

ST/X is only good if you've got headphones that need amping.
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Forte's are notorious for dying after a year. Great while it lasts though.

ST/X is only good if you've got headphones that need amping.
Hmm, read up quite a bit, and does Forte's dying after a year does not seem to be mentioned often?

As I said earlier, got the Sennheiser PC350. Don't know if they need amping?

It just seems to me that the only "real" gaming sound cards out there are some Auzentech cards and quite a few Creative cards. Forte is from my understanding basicly a Creative card with better drivers and therefore better performance.

If I was getting a headset ONLY for gaming with the Sennheiser PC350. What would you recommend?
post #17 of 35
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Hmm, read up quite a bit, and does Forte's dying after a year does not seem to be mentioned often?

As I said earlier, got the Sennheiser PC350. Don't know if they need amping?

It just seems to me that the only "real" gaming sound cards out there are some Auzentech cards and quite a few Creative cards. Forte is from my understanding basicly a Creative card with better drivers and therefore better performance.

If I was getting a headset ONLY for gaming with the Sennheiser PC350. What would you recommend?
You wouldn't need anything special since the PC350s aren't special. Get a Titanium HD if you're already dishing out that much for a Forte.
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post #18 of 35
3d positioning sound on the x-fi chips are pretty good beans. But, if you got a receiver, just use your GPU as the sound out. Much better then grabbing a new sound card.

STX looks good btw.
post #19 of 35
You're using stereo headphones...just get a really good 2.1 card and have fun. Maybe look at M-Audio stuff (audiophile 2496 model comes to mind). Their drivers are usually pretty good. Granted, I believe Creative now owns them (EMU as well, which was bought to gain the chip that powered the original audigy, for that tidbit of useless knowlege). Still, the drivers are usually more up to date, and they will give better clarity than a Creative branded card. Specs might not be everything, but real-world performance is.
I have an X-Fi Platinum that I'm considering selling because I'm fed up with the drivers. Maybe someone more patient, or who doesn't try to record, will have more success. For me...I'm seriously considering getting an M-Audio Delta66, which has a breakout box with 1/4" TRS jacks, for ins and outs. That might be more beneficial for gaming, and simple setup.

I still suggest PCI over PCI-E.
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post #20 of 35
With a decent set of speakers, you will get outstanding positional audio (gaming wise) with a Titanium HD. I can close my eyes and hear exactly where an enemy is coming at me from.

...then I die and curse myself for closing my eyes.

I give it a 60/40 'weight' distribution...gaming/music,, respectively.
(more of a 50/50 with my current setup)

I remember the earlier SB cards having issues with drivers and such, but I have yet to encounter any with the HD.
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