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Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD Review

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srgtherasta 17th January 2011, 07:58 Quote
Humm will it crackle like most of the other xfi cards do. I had a xfi once, it started cracking after awhile. Bought a d2x and i will never go back.
neonplanet40 17th January 2011, 08:04 Quote
How long do Creative intend to keep using x-fi? Its old and out if date.
memeroot 17th January 2011, 08:42 Quote
You could also consider the dacmagic for a bit more .
I have an m audio currently which is lovely through cans.
My xfi on laptop OS also a big step up from say the xbox
This product fails as to expensive for games and not goodenough for audio
B1GBUD 17th January 2011, 08:46 Quote
It's taken Creative this long to stick phono connections on the back of their soundcards?
mi1ez 17th January 2011, 08:48 Quote
Tianium?
B1GBUD 17th January 2011, 09:46 Quote
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Originally Posted by mi1ez
Tianium?

Dammit, how did I miss that? I thought I was the unofficial proof reader!
Deders 17th January 2011, 09:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by srgtherasta
Humm will it crackle like most of the other xfi cards do. I had a xfi once, it started cracking after awhile. Bought a d2x and i will never go back.

How long where you using it before it started to crackle? had mine nearly 2 years now and it's still crystal clear.
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Originally Posted by neonplanet40
How long do Creative intend to keep using x-fi? Its old and out if date.

Compared to what? there's nothing out there at the moment afaik that has better 3D audio processing and effects for games. The Xonar range may have better quality outputs than most X-FI's but this card is Creative's attempt to give the best of both worlds.
Material 17th January 2011, 10:02 Quote
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Originally Posted by mi1ez
Tianium?

Well done, your training as proof readers continues (fixed)
Pete J 17th January 2011, 11:07 Quote
The card looks nice though :D .
Senilex 17th January 2011, 11:22 Quote
How is this a review? One & 3/4 of the article just expands on what the specifications are, then it's just a paragraph tacked on at the end to represent personal opinion.
logan'srun 17th January 2011, 11:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by Senilex
How is this a review? One & 3/4 of the article just expands on what the specifications are, then it's just a paragraph tacked on at the end to represent personal opinion.

+1
Unknownsock 17th January 2011, 11:45 Quote
Seems to be the opposite conclusion to alot of other reviews I've read.

Bought one of these just after x-mas, but to be fair it was spare xmas money.
No faults with it so far.
neonplanet40 17th January 2011, 11:52 Quote
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Originally Posted by Deders
Compared to what? there's nothing out there at the moment afaik that has better 3D audio processing and effects for games. The Xonar range may have better quality outputs than most X-FI's but this card is Creative's attempt to give the best of both worlds.

I have an Auzentech X-Fi prelude in my system and it does almost everything anyone could ever want from a pc soundcard. I got it over three years ago. My point is that this x-fi line is getting long in the tooth. The gaming surround has been terrible since windows 7 came out chainging how sound in Windows work.

Its time for a revamp and something new brought to the table. At the minute my next card will be from Asus.
Deders 17th January 2011, 11:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by neonplanet40
The gaming surround has been terrible since windows 7 came out chainging how sound in Windows work.

The initial changeover from EAX to OpenAL was initially annoying when Vista arrived but now most games support OpenAL, sound in games is once again excellent with little or no cpu overhead.
kempez 17th January 2011, 15:00 Quote
Having had an Asus Essence STX, I would think anything would struggle to keep up with it in sheer terms of audio quality.

Still, it's taken Creative long enough to catch up with Asus and Auzentech!
memeroot 17th January 2011, 15:56 Quote
"Having had an Asus Essence STX, I would think anything would struggle to keep up with "
there are lots that blow it away - but they do cost more - some mentioned in article.

it really depends what you use your computer for to be honest.
mrb_no1 17th January 2011, 16:37 Quote
i always find it hard to judge the quality on a soundcard....i started with a terrtec card because it was recommended to me for its quality, then i became a gamer so bought the creative x-fi fatal1ty card and have had it in the machine for years and years....now bit tech recommends the asus sonar x... for gaming...my question is, would the asus be any better, or do i stay where i am?

on a side note, with some cards being for gaming, and others for 'audio fidelity' can we have 2 seperate card conclusions?

peace

f.
Cleggmeister 17th January 2011, 16:44 Quote
...it's worth noting that sound quality is largely subjective matter,...

No, it isn't. The more precisely an audio product performs the better the sound will be. Simply put, any audio product will lose or corrupt the musical signal. Those that lose or corrupt the least will sound better than those that corrupt or lose more.

Simple.
kempez 17th January 2011, 16:54 Quote
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Originally Posted by memeroot
"Having had an Asus Essence STX, I would think anything would struggle to keep up with "
there are lots that blow it away - but they do cost more - some mentioned in article.

it really depends what you use your computer for to be honest.

Well yes I should have put a caveat in regarding price etc, my bad. I meant in the desktop enthusiast space.
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Originally Posted by Cleggmeister
...it's worth noting that sound quality is largely subjective matter,...

No, it isn't. The more precisely an audio product performs the better the sound will be. Simply put, any audio product will lose or corrupt the musical signal. Those that lose or corrupt the least will sound better than those that corrupt or lose more.

Simple.

Well yes and no really. I've sat in a room listening to over £10k's worth of audio at a time, with other people, and it's hugely personal. My mate has a lot of cash and always demo's new kit and we often have different experiences as we listen.

Also, kit that is precise and accurate can sound cold and too precise. Whilst I welcome not losing detail of course, you are always re-creating a sound and not experiencing it first hand. That means reviewing audio kit is always subjective.
Zaim 17th January 2011, 16:56 Quote
There cards are good, no doubt about that, the problem is there rubbish drivers, this card has been out for ages and there still isn't a official driver out lol.

The real shocking thing is this card doesn't even support DTS or DD decoding, that is something cheaper cards do and a £160 doesn't have it. makes no sense.

The Asus D2X (or what ever is newer) is on my list to purchase when my X-FI dies.
Deders 17th January 2011, 17:09 Quote
Audio can be very subjective, it really depends on what you are used to and what expectations you have. This is why some people prefer vinyl to cd's.

Audiophiles will often rate a completely flat frequency response to be the best sounding, this ideal comes from recording studio's where they will go to great lengths to mix tracks with a flat sound so that any unwanted frequencies can be easily identified and sorted out. All this is done knowing in the back of their heads that most people will be using cheap stereos with the bass boost on full, if they mixed it with too much bass in the first place it would blow too many speakers.

It's actually virtually impossible to get a completely flat frequency response when you take into account the entire audio chain from whatever hardware it's outputting from through the amplifier, speakers and earphones will help shape the sound and even the acoustics from the environment it's played in.

Most of my friends don't pay as much attention to or appreciate sound quality as I do, but even I will use an eq in certain situations to shape the sound to what I'm used to hearing. Also my personal taste in earphones leans towards a warmer less clinical sound so I'd be shunned from any audio purist community.

It took me a while to get used to the sound of a particular album that has just ben re-mastered because I was so used to the original mix. At first it sounded harsh but after several listens i've grown to prefer the new mix over the old one.

if audio wasn't subjective then why do modern soundcards give you the option to remove and change the hardware pre-amps to your particular taste?
memeroot 17th January 2011, 17:23 Quote
I have to admit i personally like the sound of old speakers and amps... sounds 'fuller'

hence a quad and some 10k 1979 reference speakers mmmm bliss.
Repo 17th January 2011, 17:25 Quote
I've tried several Creative Labs sound cards (X-Fi Music, Xi-Fi Xtreme, Audigy 2 ZS, etc, etc) and for HTPC and music use I couldn't really tell the difference between them and the inbuilt Realtec through Coax.

Maybe it's just me but when the outputs going through a few grand of AV kit you really ought to be able to hear an improvement over onboard sound!
Deders 17th January 2011, 17:49 Quote
I could hear the difference immediatly, but then onboard audio has improved since I last used it.
kornedbeefy 17th January 2011, 17:50 Quote
Not sure if it's been mentioned but along with a good sound card you need good speakers and or headphones. I tried the onboard audio during an upgrade and was seriously disappointed after reading so often that onboard is good enough for gaming.

I'm currently using an Auzentech X-Fi and the sound from games is fantastic. When I first bought it while playing one night I actually jumped out of my chair due to hearing a scuffling sound on the ground behind me.. Turned out to be some animal in the game behind me.

in case your wonder I switch between Logitech 5300e 5.1 and Senheiser HD555
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