I recently bought a Sennheiser HD598 and I can hear an improvement to my previous headphones (which I later realized were pretty good, too).
To go with that I bought a Titanium HD, because I read that it was a good sound card as well as amazing at emulating 3D sound for games and I play games as much as I listen to music.
My problem is that compared to the onboard sound the Titanium HD didn't offer any noticeable improvement for me and the CMSS-3D didn't quite blow me away either...
I have an AMD R9 290, which sports AMD True Audio and I never even looked at that feature, because at the time I bought that card I didn't give a damn.
Other than that the box of the Titanium HD looked like it was opened before and there were scrub-traces on the cards cover as well.
My mainboard is a GA-970A-UD3 with an AM3+ socket and I believe it's the 1.2 revision. (Speccy says that it's the 2nd)
I did install the latest driver for the Titanium HD.
I tried to find a difference by replugging and changing the standart playback device repeatedly (which is quite a hastle every time and makes a direct comparsion impossible)
and I found that guitars sounded slightly "better", but that may have been due to the increase in volume when the Titanium HD was used.
I am by no means an adiophile, but I'd rather return that card when I don't really gain anything from that hefty 140€ investment or I am not capable of noticing the improvement.
Maybe I'm doing something wrong... Or need to fix some issues...
Well, I'd like to get that out of the way before I return the card and never ever consider buying sound cards again. According to what I've read this was supposed to be a difference of night and day. The only increase in quality I noticed might just be a placebo or a simple increase in volume...
Thanks for your time.
Edited by suckershake - 12/31/13 at 7:55am