Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD review: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD

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Typical Price: $299.95
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4 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Excellent sound. High quality 24-bit DAC. Dedicated RCA inputs and outputs.

The Bad Not too different from on-board sound. No multi-channel analog output. Digital connections shared with analog stereo in. THX features are unnecessary.

The Bottom Line If you're looking to improve the sound quality of your computer, the Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD is an excellent choice and should be of particular interest to audiophiles and musicians.

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8.3 Overall

While the market is packed with add-in cards offering gaming and "multimedia" experiences, there have been very few that aspire to offer "audiophile" quality. There are very good reasons for this: the amount of rogue radio frequency present in a typical PC makes it quite difficult to turn out a hi-fi product. In an industry dedicated to making things faster and more powerful, not many companies are focused on making the computing experience "better".

But sound cards are sound cards, right? You wouldn't expect much difference between one and the other. It just works. Well, Creative would like to disagree with that.

Creative's E-mu division has a lot of experience in the pro audio field, and a lot of the technology produced there trickles down into Creative's high-end consumer audio cards, including this: the X-Fi Titanium HD.

While Auzentech and Asus have had "audiophile" cards on the market for some time, it's taken Creative quite a while to catch up. Like cards from those two manufacturers, the Titanium HD also caters to tweakers, with features like swappable op-amps enabling users to experiment with different sounds, but this isn't the most interesting thing about the card.

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