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Which Sound Card to get?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by motasim, Nov 15, 2010.

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Which Sound Card to get?

  1. Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD

    18.8%
  2. Auzentech Forte 7.1

    29.2%
  3. ASUS Xonar Essence ST

    33.3%
  4. HT OMEGA Claro Halo

    8.3%
  5. Other

    10.4%
  1. Wile E

    Wile E Power User

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    Yeah, that's analog.
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    Can it be used with the receiver, the analog adapter tho also has a pink connector for the mic on the headphones with optical i just use the usb.
  3. Wile E

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    No, won't work with the receiver that way. Those headphone aren't going to play nice with the receiver that way. But the Z5500's aren't going to either. You need to hook the headphones directly to the playback source (whether it's the PC, or PS3/360/BD player or whatever with optical out), no matter how you look at it.
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    I'd go with the Xonar. personally, I want to pick up a D2X. I would never ever go with a Creative soundcard ever again.
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    ... so Creative finally worked out their sound card's driver issues? The Sennheiser PC360 headset that I intend to get is quite similar to your HD 595, how is it pairing with the Titanium HD? To be honest; I wanted to go for Auzentech Forte 7.1, but since it is no where to be found; I'm inclined to go for Creative X-Fi Titanium HD but I'm a little worried because of what I repeatedly heard concerning the driver problems ... and as of now; all of the voting is in favor of Asus Essence ST/X, so I'm really puzzled now :wtf: ...

    Edit: at $150, that's great value! can you please confirm the model number (reading it off the card or box)? it should be something like 70SB127000002, but best-buy only says 70SB1270000, could it be a older revision, although I seriously doubt that.
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    sooner or later you'll just have to make a choice. Is there a wrong answer here? Probably not. I'm sure you'd be happy with any of them. Go with what you think is best, the info is out there for ya!
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    You're right, on Black Friday's Sale I'll just decide on and get the best sound card for me.
    I'll keep you posted ;)
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    I say the ST/STX still comes out tops. creative have sorted out most of their bad driver issues but theyve already left a lingering bad aftertaste in their customers mouths. so even though their one of the more popular names Asus cards still offer better sound quality for less.
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    In addition to that since he's in Canada is a company called Fluance. They're tiny, but they've got some really nice speakers for not a lot of price. http://www.fluance.com/
    300 gets a great set of 5 speakers that fill a room with sound very easily.
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    yeah thats true, thats kinda hard but since my audigy got no right driver on windows 7 :cry: so my audigy is dead by now :banghead: i prefer taking asus :laugh:
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    Asus and Creative are now equal on the driver front. Neither have had any serious problems for a while now.

    It's a shame the Forte is nowhere to be found. I love mine. Best bang for the buck going.

    Claro Halo is my choice if you can afford the extra.
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    google 'Daniel K - Audigy Support Pack' - this guy modded some drivers to work on W7 for Audigy cards when M$/Creative dropped support for it.
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    Sounds good, I provided as much information as I possibly could on my choice, but in the end try and get to be able to listen to them all yourself and then make the decision on what you personally prefer.
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    Personally i think Auzentech X-Fi Forte is the best all around high end soundcard, be it music, movies or games. It can handle all of them with excellence.
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    Sort of a bump. What did ya end up deciding to go with?
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    Although I was really set on getting the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD, I followed the advice of the majority of you guys and went with Asus, but instead of the Xonar Essence STX I went for the newer Xonar Xense bundled with Sennheiser PC350 Headset ($280 at newegg including free Op-amp upgrade kit), I think that I've done what's right!

    Thank you everybody for the valuable advice. :rockout:
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    Anytime and such a good choice. I really hope it fulfills your needs for years to come :)
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    ... SabreWulf69 FTW ...
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    sick deal right there. Good choice, sir! :)

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