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Microphonics are either absent or so inaudible as to not bother me once I get music/sound playing. I actually use the Vali + Mad Dogs as my gaming setup, and I've been playing Arkham Origins (Steam sales ftw!) for about 10 hours this week with no issue of microphonics.   In fact, no issue of comfort or sound fatigue either. I suspect the Vali helps avoid treble spikes (in any headphone), so that's great. Also haven't had issue with hearing character dialogue.   As for...
You could consider the Vali, if you're ok with the little bit of microphonics from the tube.
  Totally agree. I think it was Dan who said that he enjoys this pairing as well? And better than MD + Magni, IIRC. I now try to spend some time listening to music on the MD + Vali every night...and that's something I actually never did with my previous headphones!
Digital--actually, "optical". TOSlink is just one of 2 optical connectors (the other is S/PDIF).  Anyway for PLYR1: always optical input.
I second the recommendation for Mad Dogs at that price. Am listening to mine as I type this--the comfort is great, and the isolation is pretty good. And the sound is ridiculously good: balanced (maybe a little warm?), good clarity but definitely not shrill, excellent bass. Just prepare to look like a dork on the train.
Double amping is when you amp something...twice. It's more likely to introduce distortion into the signal chain.   PLYR2 only has USB and 3.5mm input--and doesn't come with 3.5mm cable btw--so the only way to connect it to the Xonar U3 is via 3.5mm cable. This will result in double amping.   Again, I would question the idea of buying a PLYR2 if you're going to be sitting right next to your computer anyway. There's many wired headsets you could buy instead, since...
That Xonar U3 looks like amazing value for money, and a great option for laptop gamers (finally!) too. I might pick one up for a friend who games on a laptop.   Re: Dolby Headphone on U3 vs DH on PLYR1, I'd just assume that it's the exact same tech so the execution is equal. In fact, if I was gaming on a laptop, or strictly at my desktop, the U3 looks like a good alternative to the PLYR1 entirely...why pay twice for the same feature (Dolby Headphone)? The PLYR1 makes...
And where did you get that information from? Because: (from Box Contents) "...an S/PDIF optical out adapter...""...the fifth jack doubles as optical S/PDIF out and microphone/line in"
tdock: if you find the Vali doesn't add warmth to your 701, then there's no reason to expect it to add any to an 880. It certainly didn't add any perceivable warmth to mine.
Sesq92: that's my config. Internal soundcard (Asus xonar dx), optical cable, to PLYR1 base station. xonar set to 8 channels, output = optical (Dolby); plyr1 set to Dolby Headphone. Quillik: lemme double check settings when I get home in an hour Update: just tried USB only. It works in some instances. Here's my settings: iTunes works (on Windows). But I can't hear YouTube. I can hear on the Apple Trailers page. Skype works for chat only--when I called the "echo sound...
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