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post #21 of 173
I don't know if BC2 is a good game to test sound performance. You won't really see any hardware acceleration from these cards where the only thing you'll be able to compare is the grade of the audio compoenents. Still good, but the audio performance of this game is horrific and unrealistic. Though I'm quite shocked that you were able to get better sound positioning from the X-Fi card. Though I have to agree with this, I noticed very accurate positioning with my Forte with this game too.

I'd like to see some classic or competitive games get through in this comparison. Day of Defeat, Counter-Strike, Unreal Tournament, Call of Duty 2, BF2, etc. I'd also like to see numerous effects turned on as well.

For music playback I would also like to see songs that all have various grade bit-rates. Compare 160, 320, and FLAC qualities of each track.

Looking forward to a full review. This thread is going to be awesome.
post #22 of 173
Hi everyone, i just want to say that i agree with the fact that the x-fi card is much better than the essence in gaming, you can definitly hear your enemys much better, i mean a lot better, believe me.
The other thing i apreciate in the x-fi is the SVN setting.The asus have this settings too but its not so good.

I have the asus essence st and creative titanium(not hd), and this one is still better.For listening i only use the Sennheiser HD598.Any questions im free to clarify.

The only thing i like in the asus card while gaming old games that use DS3D is because i dont need to use alchemy, thats a pain in the ass.

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Edited by dr.noob - 4/18/11 at 12:10pm
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post #23 of 173
so currently there is no best sound cart when it comes to gaming + music meeting in the middle?
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In my opinion the creative titanium (cheapest) is the best choice if you are a gamer and dont want to waste a lot of money.

If your thing is listening to music and you like to use the EQ, then go asus.

proof that both are compatible and that i own them biggrin.gif

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post #25 of 173
I do the same with an X-Meridian 2G and an X-Fi Titanium HD. No problems whatsoever.
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Originally Posted by dr.noob;13176836 
In my opinion the creative titanium (cheapest) is the best choice if you are a gamer and dont want to waste a lot of money.

If your thing is listening to music and you like to use the EQ, then go asus.

proof that both are compatible and that i own them biggrin.gif

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Say what you can have two sound cards in the same system? I hadn't contemplated that before but that's exactly what I'm going to do when my Xonar STX shows up today.

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post #27 of 173
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Before the Titanium HD and Essence STX setup, I had the Titanium HD with the Xonar D1 and even before that, the XtremeMusic with the Xonar D1. It works fine; you just have to select an audio source in Windows if you want to switch a primary output source.
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Somebody needs to add the HT Omega Claro Halo to this list.
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I think if I asked my friend to borrow it for a week, he would probably agree except he lives an hour and a half away. I guess I can trade a sound card with him for a week though. The Claro Halo has the same DSP (or very close) as the Xonar cards so the gaming aspect should be similar.

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post #30 of 173
Id like to add that Im a satisfied Titanium HD owner. I agree with everybody else, the positioning is quite amazing, Better than real life.
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