Originally Posted by crzycuyler
I am almost certainly purchasing both the Polk Audio RTi A1 speakers and the Audio Technica W1000X for my computer audio setup. I will be using my computer for gaming and music. Other than the better amp in the Xonar STX, does it have any benefits over the Titanium HD? If not, I am wanting to pull the trigger on the Creative card. If I go with the Titanium HD, I will be using an old RCA receiver I found at my parent's house as my headphone amplifier. Is this a good idea?
Titanium HD analog out -> RCA Receiver analog in -> Built in 1/4 inch headphone amp -> Audio Technica W1000X (possibly Sennheiser HD700) and obviously RTiA1 from the speaker amplifiers in the receiver
If I went with the STX I would still need a speaker amplifier, anyway. So this makes sense, right?
The X-Fi Titanium HD does have this quirk where if anything's plugged into the front or rear headphone outputs, the RCA outputs are forcibly muted, with no option to change this in software. The Xonar Essence STX allegedly does not have this behavior, and that's won over some people as a result.
Other than that and the amp, though, the X-Fi Titanium HD has the edge in gaming overall.
Your proposed setup only needs the RCA outputs anyway and uses a receiver as an amp for both (quite similar to my setup, actually), so you could really just switch between headphone and speaker modes through the X-Fi control panel without having to unplug or replug anything, depending on how your receiver works.
Originally Posted by PurpleAngel
The PowerDVD is needed to play Blu-ray movies and will work fine with speakers, but I'm not sure if PowerDVD can process headphone surround sound?
So the $25 Xonar DG is still need.
PowerDVD does Dolby Headphone in software, but only with the editions that they charge money for.
That's why I don't make headphone surround support in the sound card a priority for movies, only for gaming.
Originally Posted by element72
Should I use daniel_k's unofficial drivers for my Titanium HD?
Daniel_K's X-Fi Support Pack does NOT support the Titanium HD. It wouldn't work.
Fortunately, Creative's really stepped up the driver stability on the Titanium HD, so I don't find it to be a necessity.
There's a driver pack I put together that I linked near the bottom of the original post. Download that and install everything according to the included instructions.