Creative Labs X-Fi Titanium HD PCI-E

General Information

Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD
The Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD is powered by the second-generation Creative X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity audio processor for PCI Express slots. The Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD combines captivating industrial design with audiophile grade Digital to Analog Converters (DACs) and components to produce a 122dB signal-to-noise ratio, the highest SNR ever produced by a Creative sound card. A replaceable Op-amp is also a distinguishing feature allowing users to customise audio output with colouration that is refined to their personal tastes.

Additional product specifications include:
•RCA Line Out for audio playback up to 122dB, 24-bit/96kHz Digital-to-Analog Converters (DAC)
•RCA Line Input for recording up to 118dB, 24-bit 96kHZ Analog-to-Digital Converters (ADC)
•0.001% Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise (THD+N)
•Headphone output for audio listening up to 115dB 33 Ohms, and 117dB, 330 Ohms, at 24bit/96kHz
•Replaceable Op-amps
•Hardware-accelerated 3D positional audio and EAX 5.0 effects that provide a truly immersive experience with headphones and speakers
•Dolby Digital and DTS encoding enables one-step single-cable connection to home entertainment systems
•TOS-link optical-in/out
•1/8" microphone-in
•1/8" headphone jack
•Creative ALchemy to restore EAX and surround sound that is otherwise lost in DirectSound game titles running under Windows Vista and Windows 7
•ASIO recording support with latency as low as one millisecond with minimal CPU load
•Works with Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating systems

Latest reviews

Pros: amazing quality, above average pre-amp.
Cons: has 3 output jacks, only 1 works at a time, loads of useless audio affects some on by default.
as far as output goes this sound card is amazing in quality and really impressive with output level, has nothing on the soundblaster 16 or awe64 but shure as hell beats any thing modern. im happy with this card accept of one big thing, and for me its big. i only can use one audio output at a time, this sucks, i live in a house with a large amount of electrical interference so to keep my siganls clean i use thick cables short distances and avoid splitters. this sound card forces a jack off then you use a high one. basicly i have 3 sets of amps, front amp, rear amp, and several sub amps i chain together. i do not use surround sound as my setup is for music quality and surround only lets music play on front L and R. the audio effects are pointless but atleast i can turn them off. and the quality of this card is amazing, it made a cheep set of usb speakers sound good, and my amazing speakers mind blowing. 
I was really shocked this could not reconfigure the jacks, i mean even realtech cards do that, and i payed 90$ for this one so i assumed i would have more control than with a realtech card. if i could use all the outputs at once it would be 4.5 * and if i could reconfigure all jacks it would of bin 5*.
The extra gain from the card dose help canter balance the fact im using splitters. and when i ran this up to 2500wrms of bass over 4 subs (3 15's and a 18") and my sound dynamics constert monitors in the back, my optimums on my monitor (and sadly i got mad and kicked my sonys to pices in the back) my system came to life, cant wait to show off my setup in a party im having this satruday, it will also be the first party with my 18" running off of a 1500wrms amp on 1 ohm!
Pros: Crystal clear sound, hear things you couldn't even notice before in your music and games
Cons: Few connection ports (4 digital optical and then just 2x 3.5mm jacks for headphones)
Ingame shotgun sound from behind actually freaked me out first time I heard it and had to check my back!
If you want a sound card, then go high-end or not at all. The motherboard inbuilt ones can do sometimes better than cheap soundcards. This one is a bit more expensive, but very high-end and will make a huge difference! You will be left to wonder how you lived without. Crystal clear sound, hear things you couldn't even notice before in your music and games.
Very satisfied with the card and it looks reasonably well built too, zero issues but software could of been better.
Ensure correct setup for best quality sounds. Set on DTS Connect encoder seems to work best. You can disable and ignore X-Fi Crystalizer.
Pros: A Good All Rounder - Music, Gaming, Movie...
After my E-MU 0404 USB that serve my workstation @ China dying (I'm using E-MU 1820m back in Singapore), I was thinking of buying another E-MU products. But when I try to look around, the choices is slim at China and the price is high.
There is two choices here - either going to Creative products or opt for Asus products.
I would like to try out Asus products, but I am TOO familiar with Creative products, knowing the strength and the weakness of each product, thus at the end I purchased the X-Fi Titanium HD - which is possibly the best product if someone looking for an all rounder. And to be honest, I do not know how long will Creative continue producing this product, that is another reason I bought this card.
You can find all the comments on the Sound Quality of this soundcard all over the internet so I will not comment much about this. Further more, sound quality is very personal and subjective - some preferred punchier bass and some preferred more high or warmer sound, add up different cans having different sound signature.
I listened to FM Acoustic system once, it taught me one thing: Music is for listening and to entertain me.
To me, equipment is for me to enjoy the music, not to analyze the frequency spectrum - no, I am not saying the objective measurement is not important. But most of the recent cards are measured pretty well and it is up to the users how to mix and match for their preference.
To me, equipment is a Tool - Knowing your Tool will help you to understand how to setup your preferred sound.
Thus, my comment is: This is a very Powerful soundcard - probably the MOST powerful soundcard (no, not about output power but the features) since it utilize 20K2 chips, plus hardware SRC, etc. Too bad the potentials are not fully explore. Who to blame? Microsoft? Creative themselves? Game Developers? Or the Users?


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