I have a set of DT770 80 Ohm headphones. I have them plugged into a MSI Z97 Gaming 5 motherboard (Realtek ALC1150). I have no external DAC or AMP. The one thing I felt could be improved is the positional audio while gaming. I know they are a closed cup headphone so I am not expecting miracles but I noticed after watching this youtube video that CMSS-3D sounded a lot better. To be ears the order was
2. SBX Pro
4. Dolby headphone (sounded like I was in a cave to me)
The positional audio from 1 and 2 sounded better than my ALC1150 to me so I was considering getting a sound card. My concern is that CMSS-3D would mean getting a second hand card and here in the UK, for example, the Titanium HD is still fetching around £90 second hand. I am not sure I like the idea of buying an old second hand card.
My MSI comes with Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 2 which supposedly uses SBX Pro technology. The SBX Pro in the video still sounds better to me. I see you can also buy X-Fi MB3 software from Creative. This seems to have a lot more options than Cinema 2. Does anyone have any experience of both software? Does X-Fi MB3 sound better?
Is a SBX Pro sound card going to sound much better than ALC1150 with X-Fi MB3?
Is there a recommended sound card or would I be better sticking with ALC1150 and getting X-Fi MB3?