Originally Posted by SKilleT
So between the Creative X-FI Titanium HD and the Creative Sound Blaster Z which one do you prefer ?
I can get the Creativee X-FI Titanium HD for $109.99 !!!!! 47% Off on amazon (NEW).
The Sound Blaster Z is about $119.99 on Amazon (NEW).
So please tell me ASAP before the deal is over on the Titanium HD.
Not an easy question.
The Titanium HD has better hardware (DAC) for audio quality, but does not come with a true headphone amplifier and it's headphone output comes with a high impedance (35-Ohm) :(
Where as the Sound Blaster Z series comes with a true headphone amplifier and the headphone output comes with a lower impedance.
The Z series audio processor (SoundCore) is a stripped down version of the one in the Titanium HD (CA20K2)
Older PC games (EAX 5.0) can take advantage of the Titanium HD's features.
But as the Z series is what Creative Labs is pushing, it's going to get the most driver support (updates).
If you were will to get a Schiiit Magni headphone amplifier ($99) with the Titanium HD ($109), you would have a nice audio quality setup.
Sometimes the Sound Blaster Zx goes on sale for $120.