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Which surround sound card/amp + headset for PC gaming $300 Budget?

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

I am looking to upgrade my PC's headset rig, which currently consists of a Sennheiser PC160 headset http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-PC160-Binaural-Noise-Canceling-Microphone/dp/B0008EWRD6 headset connected to the analog ports of an Asus P6X58D-E motherboard http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-LGA-1366-Motherboard-P6X58D/dp/B003FV5XGC.  

 

My budget is around $300 for both a new sound card/amp and a headset.  My requirements are that the sound card/amp supports surround sound (I have seen Dolby Headphone and CMSS 3D Headphone mentioned).  The headset must be open ear, and either have a built in mic or be modable to attach a mic to it.  While I do like bass effects for explosions and gun shots, I value more audio quailty across the full range of frequencies.  

 

Any advice or suggestions would be very appreciated.  Thank you in advance.

post #2 of 7

Sounds like a pair of AudioTechnica AD700s, a clip on mic and a X-FI would suit your needs. 

post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 

Are there any other headset suggestions I should look at?  Not that there seems to be anything wrong with the AD700, but at only $85 they seem to be rather inexpensive for an audiophile grade headset.

post #4 of 7
Thread Starter 

Also what's the best X-Fi card to go with these days?  I am looking at the X-Fi Titanium HD.  Will I be able to plug the AD700 directly into that card with good results?

 

Thanks again for the help biggrin.gif

post #5 of 7

I think the one you mentioned is the top X-Fi card these days.  At least, it is the one they are marketing toward audiophiles, and I think the reviews have been good.

 

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Also what's the best X-Fi card to go with these days?  I am looking at the X-Fi Titanium HD.   

post #6 of 7

Don't worry about the price, the AD-700 is known for being an excellent bang-for-buck.

But, if you value bass more than soundstage, you should seriously consider the AT M50.

I am sure either one will blow your old pair away...

As for soundcards, i would go with the tried and tested Asus Xonar ST or STX.

 

post #7 of 7

yep +1 for the ad700s. most comfortable headphones ever, so it's perfect for those long gaming sessions

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