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post #16 of 29
hey wait theres better prices for the 555s on ebay than that, let me check a link


http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-Sennheiser-H...item414a6cafed

regarding your link, if your spending that much, take a serious look at the auzentech forte 7.1. soundcard.
post #17 of 29
In regards to the Auzentech Forte...while it seems like a good card, and does indeed have good sound when working, I would recommend getting it from a place with a good return policy.

From experience, it doesn't like Windows 7 very much, and the driver updates are very slow (last one was June 09 I believe). A number of people, including myself experience random static/popping noise, as well as total sound loss requiring you to exit the application/game and disable/re-enable the card in the control panel.
post #18 of 29
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I use Ultrasone HFI-780 with a ZERO DAC-Amp and bought them both used for around $300. It's a terrific amp which allows you to alternate opamps for the desired sound, kinda like tubes on a tube amp.

Brilliant soundstage for gaming, I play modern warfare 2 amongst others and often give friends a listen... the difference between a decent 5.1 speaker setup and these headphones is unreal, very intense, like you're really in the middle of the action. The new games that are coming out now, bad Company 2 etc have started to make use of Dolby... this in my opinion is where they really start to shine. In fact I now use Dolby Headphone for all my music listening; follow the link in my sig if you're interested in that.
I do not recommend this setup. If you want a serious 3D soundstage for a headphone you *need* CMSS-3D Headphone from an X-Fi enabled card. Dac to Amp to Headphone simply doesn't capture the proper 3D signals to give pinpoint listening precision in 3D FPS/3PS.
post #19 of 29
Xi-fi extreme music + Denon d2000
post #20 of 29
Thread Starter 
I don't care much about 3d soundstage, this isn't just for gameing, it's also for my music which is an important part of these headsets to me so the reason I wanted to try the claro card is because of the headphone amp it has and it being a sound card it just feels like something i know more about instead of going headstrong into a amp that i would be screwed on if something happened or if i didn't get what i want
But still trying to decide between the hfi 780s or hd 555s, the closed ear of the 780s seems better since it would provide a lot more bass or is there any other headsets you suggest

Also if I can slide with a good audio card for under 100 I'll go with that since the claro is breaking the bank when all I really want is some good headsets for music and gameing and maybe a soundcard to improve it for cheap.
post #21 of 29
The M-Audio Audiophile 2496 soundcard did a rly good job for me, it was a huge improvement to my previous one and its not that expensive.
For headphones I'd recommend you to take a look at the M-Audio Q40, the Audio-Technica ATH-M50 and the Ultrasone HFI 780, these headphones have a great soundquality and are also know for their great bass response which is ofcourse perfect for playing shooters.
All these headphones are relatively cheap aswell btw.

Good luck with your search.
post #22 of 29
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The M-Audio Audiophile 2496 soundcard did a rly good job for me, it was a huge improvement to my previous one and its not that expensive.
For headphones I'd recommend you to take a look at the M-Audio Q40, the Audio-Technica ATH-M50 and the Ultrasone HFI 780, these headphones have a great soundquality and are also know for their great bass response which is ofcourse perfect for playing shooters.
All these headphones are relatively cheap aswell btw.

Good luck with your search.
Think I'm gonna try to choose between the hfi 780's and the denon ah d2000 since i tried my friends hd 555s and the bass wasn't really enough for me the and open ear is kinda weird for me

and if I get the denon ah d2000's i'm thinking about a sound card that's good for music + gameing if such thing exists lmao also how do they compare to the 780s for gameing?
post #23 of 29
Thread Starter 
sorry bout the double post but it looks like i have my eyes set on the denon ah 2000's and a auzentech forte if someone can just help me to make sure that this is a good path to go on before i buy it tonight that would be great

edit: i decided i wanna go for a sound card under 100 so skip the forte and back to the striker or something else? sorry bout changeing my mind so much but after researching it seems that everything i find something is better haha
post #24 of 29
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Originally Posted by endure View Post
sorry bout the double post but it looks like i have my eyes set on the denon ah 2000's and a auzentech forte if someone can just help me to make sure that this is a good path to go on before i buy it tonight that would be great

edit: i decided i wanna go for a sound card under 100 so skip the forte and back to the striker or something else? sorry bout changeing my mind so much but after researching it seems that everything i find something is better haha
Skip the D2000, they need a whopping amp to shine. JVC HA-RX700 sound a lot better IMO, plus there only $30. I have the Chaintech AV710 bit-perfect soundcard, might be hard to find one as there discontinued but there must be other cheap bit-perfect cards out there.
post #25 of 29
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K since I don't know anything about amps I thought that I'd go with the
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=33841&...ure=HT%20Omega
and either the 555s new for 199 or the hfi 780s for 220 from ebay that are supposedly new
I just bought my 555's from amazon for $100 with free shipping. . .I would not recommend buying any Sennheiser product from eBay, as they are very adamant that they WILL NOT accept any headphones purchased from any eBay place for warranty period. They will only accept them to repair them at your cost. . .or so I have read many places. I don't know if the prices work for you in Canada also, but check out Amazon. . .I bought mine directly from them, not a merchant. Personally I'd get the HT Omega sound card as opposed to a amp and dac, but then again I have not messed with them. HT Omega's eq can tweak your audio quite a bit (in a good way). . .just sit down, and take a little time to adjust it to preferences. On my Striker, I usually start with the "Soft Rock" as it gives the best starting point to my taste (rock, heavy metal, industrial) and produces a nice rounded overall sound. Then again this all just MY opinion. . .although everything here is just that opinions, lol. (Unless there is scientific evidence, nothing is a fact )

Also, you don't HAVE to get the Claro with the built in amp. . .my Striker works just fine. An amp will only improve the sound quality, especially the 555's. I am only running mine through my surround sound receiver, as I already stated. . .I'd say straight from the sound card is like 85-90% of what it is from the receiver. . .so its not a MASSIVE difference.
post #26 of 29
Thread Starter 
the d2000's are the only ones i can buy in a store near me so if i dont like them ill just return them but with the rest i'd have to ship them back so i'm gonna try the d2000s first and go with the striker since it's cheap

also before i buy them how are the d2000s for gaming?
post #27 of 29
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the d2000's are the only ones i can buy in a store near me so if i dont like them ill just return them but with the rest i'd have to ship them back so i'm gonna try the d2000s first and go with the striker since it's cheap

also before i buy them how are the d2000s for gaming?
They are closed aren't they? I would imagine (as that is all I can do since I've not tried them myself) that the "soundstage" might not be as big. . .but, its something that if you are not used to it being there. . .you aren't going to "miss" it. I would speculate they would do fine though. . .someone that owns them and games could be more helpful here.
post #28 of 29
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Originally Posted by endure View Post
the d2000's are the only ones i can buy in a store near me so if i dont like them ill just return them but with the rest i'd have to ship them back so i'm gonna try the d2000s first and go with the striker since it's cheap

also before i buy them how are the d2000s for gaming?
...Don't buy headphones just for the looks! The RX700 is $30 and has an identical sound.
post #29 of 29
Once again, the M-Audio Audiophile 2496 soundcard will be a huge improvement to your current soundcard for listening to music. Plus, its under 100, I got it for around 85 euros or something.

I'd still go for the Ultrasone HFI 780 headphone, mostly because it does a fantastic job running just from your computer, they dont need an extra amp. Which saves you quite a buck.
But its ofcourse still your own decision ;-D
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