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I am a very happy X-Fi Titanium HD owner, but I have the analog outputs currently running directly into my Yamaha Preamp, which also doubles as my headphone amp.  The times when I've had my computer at a LANparty, etc and had to plug directly into the card to power my headphones, I was less than impressed.  My DT990 Pro headphones are 250ohm though, and that can be tough some cards.
I believe I got mine for ~$90 from a fellow forum member, but $140 is still a good price compared to retail.  It should be a very substantial upgrade over your older X-Fi when it comes to music.
Neither of them have particularly good DACs.  It's the higher end model in each series that has the good DAC (X-Fi Titanium HD, Sound Blaster ZxR).   But what you can do is get an external DAC (NOT a USB model), and then run the Digital output from your current X-Fi to the external DAC.  You would get great game processing AND great music output.
I have always run my Titanium HD at 100% Volume when playing music.  When I first got it, I did extensive back and forth comparisons with my EMU 0404.  Both the EMU 0404 and the Titanium HD had identical output levels during testing, with both at 100% volume.  If 100% was +16dB on the Titanium HD, I don't think that would be the case as that would represent a fairly substantial difference in output.
It shouldn't be much different.  WAV files are basically just CD tracks.   But why not ALAC?
I'm currently using an X-Fi Titanium HD.   I like it, but I'd also like something cheap that lets me get back into tube swapping.  I was looking at the Aune T1, and that is about the price range I'm looking at, but I was disappointed that USB is the only input for the DAC.  Ideally, I'd like to continue using my X-Fi Titanium HD and simply run the digital output from that card to whatever DAC I get.
It's fully possible to have 7.1 surround sound via headphones.   Headphones only have two speakers; you also only have two ears.  It is the way in which the audio is presented to your ears that creates the illusion of surround.
The ZxR is a fantastic card for music playback, with a very high quality DAC.   You might also keep an eye out for the X-Fi Titanium HD.  It's the immediate predecessor to the ZxR but uses essentially an identical DAC.
I have a pair of DT990-Pro 250ohm headphones.  I love them but it feels like I'm running them right on the edge of their capabilities.  I often have to turn the volume down to avoid over-excursion of the headphone drivers.  I use a Yamaha C-80 Stereo Preamp from 1984 as a headphone amp and it has a VERY powerful headphone amplifier, such that all of my little-dot units were almost immediately retired when I got it.  Now my C-80 works these DT990's like a $5 whore.   The...
Instead of rebooting, have you tried simply restarting Patchmix DSP?   The 0404 PCI won't put out any sound unless everything is working okay with Patchmix DSP.
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