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Is it worth getting a sound card for these headphones?

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I'm thinking of getting a sound card but i mainly use headphones, Sennheiser HD448, which has the following specs:

Frequency response: 16 - 24000Hz
Impedance:32 Ω
Sound pressure level (SPL): 114dB
THD, total harmonic distortion: <0.1% (1kHz/100dB)

So just wondering if i'll notice any major improvements over the on board audio of the P8P67 Deluxe if i do get a sound card?

- Sound card i'm looking at: ASUS Xonar Essence STX (almost 200aud!)
- Headphone uses: Music (mainly), movies and gaming

thanks in advance!
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Definitely not the Xonar Essence STX since it's overkill unless you intend on upgrading to better headphones in the future.

You might want to just look into a Xonar DX if you want to save some money. The Xonar line is pretty good for music.

<- Currently own the Xonar Essence STX and the X-Fi Titanium HD. Just took the Xonar D1 out of the computer today.
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<- Currently own the Xonar Essence STX and the X-Fi Titanium HD. Just took the Xonar D1 out of the computer today.
Is the X-Fi Titanium HD any good (the sound blaster one?). Thinking I might get it for my PC-360.
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You might want to just look into a Xonar DX if you want to save some money. The Xonar line is pretty good for music.
So i will notice some improvement over the on board if i get the Xonar DX?
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Is the X-Fi Titanium HD any good (the sound blaster one?). Thinking I might get it for my PC-360.
Yes. Excellent deal if you can find it under $150.

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So i will notice some improvement over the on board if i get the Xonar DX?
Yes.
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if u got the $ for a STX /titanium HD id say go ahead. maybe some time later u might want to upgrade ur headphones then you wouldnt have to worry about the source again.
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Yes. Excellent deal if you can find it under $150.
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=56405&...reative%20Labs

$149.99
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