Originally Posted by PurpleAngel
As you using the JVC HA-RX700 headphones, can't really see a good reason for replacing the Xonar DG sound card.
From the rumor mill, I was hearing the Forte is not really a reliable card.
You can get a refurb Creative X-Fi Titanium (non-HD) sound card for $44.99 from Newegg.
I would say to just keep using the Xonar DG and sell off your JVC HA-RX700 and put all your cash towards a new headphone.
Takstar Pro 80/Gemini HSR-1000 closed headphones, $88.
I agree with this. The non-HD X-Fi Titanium is a good, cheap card. I used to have one (X-Fi Titanium Pro Fatal1ty actually) paired with my JVC HA-RX900's and it was a nice combo.
However, I just went through the exercise of trying MANY different sound cards with my RX900's, the X-Fi Titanium, X-Fi HD USB (mobile headphone amp version, not the PCI-E sound card), Asus Xonar U3, a Denon AVR-1712 receiver, a Yamaha HTR-6030 receiver, and finally the Fiio E17. I can tell you BY FAR the biggest upgrade was a new set of headphones. I demoed some Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro/80 headphones and the difference was night and day. I settled on the DT990 Pro/250, along with an E17/E9K combo. Of course, for gaming you will probably want to stick to a gaming card, but the point still remains, save up for a new set of headphones over getting a new card, because it will make the absolute MOST difference versus a new card. With my RX900's being the bottleneck, it was difficult to tell the difference between all of those cards/receivers, but the difference between the RX900's and the DT770/DT990 was absolute night and day, in sound quality, soundstage, games, movies, music, EVERYTHING.
Edited by c00lkatz - 12/9/12 at 12:51pm