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Bought Creative Sound Blaster Titanium HD. Don't feel too happy about it.

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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
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Did you disable the motherboard's on-board audio? in the BIOS.

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I did now. 

But now I can't compare which is better anymore...

If I have to double restart (BIOS requires it) between listenings there's no way in hell I could actually properly compare them.

 

 

edit:

I figured it out. I never figured that there was a difference between motherboards when it comes to onboard-audio-chips. Go figure...

According to what I've read I'm not the first one to be underwhelmed by the "improvement" a dedicated integrated audio peripheral (Titanium HD or Xonar Essence STX) offers over the supposedly decent ALC889 audio-chip of the Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 motherboard.

This makes me even happier about having invested in a decent mainboard.

 

I guess I'll return the Titanium HD since -even if my hearing is too bad to notice the change- such minor improvements aren't worth the cost for me when I was buying it expecting a huge difference.

When the HD598  arrived a few days prior, it provided an audible improvement to me and an increase in comfort.

 

(Seriously! I can wear it 24/7 and only the skin covered by the foam gets a little sweaty, while I subdued myself to excrutiating pain for hours on a daily basis until I managed to cough up 50 bucks for some crappy Logitech 5.1 system to make the pain go away. I can't believe I went on like this for so many years (more than a 3rd of my life).)

 

As for surround sound.... I'll give the free razer stuff a chance and try not to go "oh sheet it broke my audio; uninstall!!!" like I did last time and invest some time in setting it up properly....


Edited by suckershake - 1/1/14 at 5:52pm
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