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  1. Roller

    Creative Sound Blaster new series Z, Zx & ZxR

    Quote:   Indeed, software OpenAL is available on all devices, while hardware OpenAL is limited to Creative Audigy and X-Fi cards. And due to being an open standard, it's used not only on Linux but also on mobile devices, even on walled gardens like iOS.   About games that run on...
  2. Roller

    How to Pick a Good Sound Card

    Believe me, I do understand what you mean. Audio hardware is also overpriced around here, and international orders aren't always desirable.   Just make sure you enjoy your card as much as you can
  3. Roller

    How to Pick a Good Sound Card

    Relatively close results are to be expected, with the Essence STX being slightly better, as well as having swappable opamps, which allows for further customization.   Bottomline is, the Phoebus is a good card, just a bit overpriced, IMHO.   Also, I find it quite odd that you see the...
  4. Roller

    Fidelizer 2.0 - Introducing new UI with multi-core optimizations

    Hum, I was under the impression the timer dropped to 1ms when in use, and custom settings were required to lower it to 0.5ms.   Do you happen to know of any method to lower it below 0.5ms?
  5. Roller

    Xonar Phoebus and Essence STX: Comparative audio quality and "GX 3.0."

    Well, for gaming and gaming alone, the Xonar Phoebus will provide a more stable gaming experience than the Essence STX, due to better software compatibility, which I believe is what you got your Xonar Phoebus for.
  6. Roller

    How to Pick a Good Sound Card

    Quote:   Don't worry too much about it. None of those external DACs would've been a better option for gaming because most external DACs lack any sort of gaming audio support. The Xonar Phoebus does have some gaming support and will work acceptably with modern games, that have software...
  7. Roller

    Fidelizer 2.0 - Introducing new UI with multi-core optimizations

    It should be noted that on supporting Windows OSes as well as supporting hardware (not all hardware is capable of), HPET is disabled by default and has to be manually enabled. It should also be noted that while HPET can help with latency, it introduces issues on video related tasks, so that...
  8. Roller

    Creative Sound Blaster new series Z, Zx & ZxR

    Quote:   Actually, positional cues are used on a lot more genres, not just FPS games. For instance, RTS games become much more immersive when better positional cues, as well as helping with competitive gaming by being able to easily pinpoint incoming units or even distinguish friends from...
  9. Roller

    How to Pick a Good Sound Card

    Quote:   Yes, it's the same card.   Quote:   All Asus soundcards have poor gaming audio support, with no hardware acceleration of OpenAL, EAX support higher than version 2 and no positional cue improvement algorithms. Not recommended.
  10. Roller

    pc or not pc as a transporter?

    Through careful component selection, you can get a very high quality transport through a PC. However, you would have to pick some components that are geared towards purposes other than audio, but some of its features are relevant for audio playback. And despite some people saying digital out can...
  11. Roller

    Xonar Phoebus and Essence STX: Comparative audio quality and "GX 3.0."

    Gaming wise, the only thing the Phoebus has over the Essence STX is a less buggier implementation of GX mode. Aside from that, the Essence STX is a superior card. Also, GX mode doesn't emulate any EAX version higher than version 2, it just increases voice count without any filtering at all...
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    Help Me Decide !

    You can also look into the Ultrasone Pro 550 (or its counterpart, the DJ1 Pro), it fits your criteria and is within your specified budget.   Amp wise, the PA2V2 is a solid performer for its price, and pairs up nicely with Ultrasones.
  13. Roller

    Quality open air headphones for gaming and other media

    Quote:   If you're using Windows XP, volume should be at 50%. If you're using Windows Vista or newer, volume should be at 100%. Only lower it if clipping occurs.     Quote:   He does PC gaming, where the Mixamp isn't suitable for, given that there are better and cheaper...
  14. Roller

    Creative Sound Blaster new series Z, Zx & ZxR

    None of that.   People often mistake surround virtualization techs, like CMSS-3D, as the sole feature that can improve positional cues. Soundcards with a X-Fi chip have different modes to switch, one of which being Game Mode that has additional features related to gaming, including options...
  15. Roller

    Help on computer audio

    It's indeed better to only use the DAC as it's an overall superior device. Adding the amp will allow you to drive a very wide range of headphones. After that, you won't need to worry about the onboard audio chip at all.
  16. Roller

    Help on computer audio

    But do you plan on using the onboard audio chip after you get your DAC?
  17. Roller

    Help on computer audio

    What's the brand and model of you desktop/laptop PC?
  18. Roller

    The Nameless Guide To PC Gaming Audio (with binaural headphone surround sound)

    Quote:   Glad to see you've made up your mind :)   I've actually heard that before, and it couldn't be further from the truth. The reason I recommended you that card is because it doesn't compromise a shred of gaming audio capabilities, while at the same time providing excellent sound...
  19. Roller

    Creative Sound Blaster new series Z, Zx & ZxR

    Hehe, no one said being an audiophile was a cheap hobby   Given that you wanted an integrated unit with both DAC and amp for gaming, the ZxR is the better alternative. However, there are issues with having combo units, as the system gets less modular and limits upgrading. Also, Battlefield...
  20. Roller

    **Hifiman HE-400 Impressions and Discussion Thread**

    Quote:   Don't wait too long. An amp will improve the HE-400 quite a bit.   It's not good to run an onboard audio chip rather than a soundcard or a DAC, but for your headphones pick, it's definitely recommended to get an amp. For your specified budget, the Fiio E9/09K will drive the...
  21. Roller

    **Hifiman HE-400 Impressions and Discussion Thread**

    Quote:   If $140 is as far as your budget can stretch, then the Essence STX will be your best option. The Fiio E17 has a lower quality DAC when compared to the Essence STX and the Titanium HD.   EDIT: I might've looked on the wrong places, but it seems the Essence STX has increased in...
  22. Roller

    **Hifiman HE-400 Impressions and Discussion Thread**

    Quote:   You could get an Asus Xonar Essence STX, which is a high quality soundcard with an integrated amp for headphones up to 600 Ohm. However, you might find that adding a more robust headphone amp would improve the overall sound of the setup.   Alternatively you could get a...
  23. Roller

    The Nameless Guide To PC Gaming Audio (with binaural headphone surround sound)

    Quote:   Well, first you have to keep in mind DH (Dolby Headphone) and CMSS-3D and surround virtualization techs, created for the same purpose of providing surround to an audio stream. They work in slightly different ways, with DH emphasizing bass while CMSS-3D emphasizes treble. For...
  24. Roller

    You know you're an audiophile when...

    Quote:   Question is, do Stax headphones make people thirsty enough that they just have to get a nice cold beer or is it just those chips...?
  25. Roller

    Need help deciding on what to buy?

    Considering you do competitive gaming, you should get a X-Fi powered soundcard, especially the flagship Creative X-Fi Titanium HD. X-Fi powered cards have full gaming audio support, including hardware EAX up to version 5, hardware OpenAL and positional cue improvement algorithms that aren't...
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