Originally Posted by Richardson0
Thanks for all the replies. I will take a look at that thread, and I will look at those units you provided angel. Would you recommend a Fiio E9 instead of the E11? Or even jumping the gun and going for the E12? I hear you cannot charge and use the E11 simultaneously, and this is for a desktop setup after all.
What is the difference between the Titanium HD and the Creative Z? From what I understand I THINK the Z is the newer model, and the Titanium is the older model. Does the hardware differ and which card sounds 'better'?
I have not used the T-HD (Titanium HD) or a Z (Z series sound card).
Spec wise the T-HD should provide better audio quality, also the T-HD would the best choice if you were into older PC games (that used EAX 5.0), the T-HD does not have a true headphone amplifier, but is still fairly decent at driving headphones from it's headphone jack, it's usually best to get an external headphone amplifier (Schiit Magni, $99) and plug it into the T-HD's RCA outputs.
The T-HD with the Magni should (guessing) sound better then the Z or Zx sound cards
The Z's audio processor (Soundcore3D) is a stripped down version of the audio processor that is used in the T-HD.
With computers now coming with 4 or 6 or even 8 core CPUs, a lot more of the audio processing can be handed over to the CPU.
The Z software seems to be newer design(?) then the T-HD, as the Z cards drivers only work with Win 7 or Win 8.
I believe(?) there are Win 8 drivers for the T-HD.
For which card is "better", ask here.