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post #19651 of 29402
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post
Because it's unconventional and illogical. Most people looking for gaming headphones tend to have small budgets. For gaming purposes, recommending a $600 amp/dac on the guide just doesn't make sense. If they happen to own such a solution, then chances are they already know to use it. For thise looking for simple, accessible methods on powering headphones for gaming, will more than likely go for something in the $100 range.

I know I have expensive headphones up, but those are more likely to be bought, than an expensive amp/dac.

 

The other reason it doesn't make sense is that most of the perceived sound quality at the end is a function of the headphone.

 

Buyers should pick out whatever headphone fits their tastes and then buy the amp that brings the most out of it. Going the other way around is unnecessarily limiting...especially if you're like me and develop a taste for electrostatics at that price range, which rules out the vast majority of the amp market.

 

Also, I don't really like combo DAC/amps. Want to replace just one? Too bad, you gotta replace both. Besides, if I had that much money to blow on just amplification, I'd grab another Stax SRM-T1, maybe an SRM-313 with a Normal bias jack, depending on what's available on the used market. Those sort of amps never get DACs integrated into them anyway.

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Hey, i was wondering if someone has tried using the Beyerdynamic COPs for gaming? How are they compared to the dt770/880/990 in terms of soundstage and detailing sounds?

Hopefully these can be reviewed by MLE since theres quite a few people buying then for gaming but have mix reviews.
Would appreciate it smily_headphones1.gif
post #19653 of 29402
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Originally Posted by rudyae86 View Post

Hey, i was wondering if someone has tried using the Beyerdynamic COPs for gaming? How are they compared to the dt770/880/990 in terms of soundstage and detailing sounds?

Hopefully these can be reviewed by MLE since theres quite a few people buying then for gaming but have mix reviews.
Would appreciate it smily_headphones1.gif

 

 

FWIR the COPs don't have a particularly impressive soundstage.  I wouldn't expect them to be on par with the 770/MMX300, let alone the 880/990.

post #19654 of 29402
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Originally Posted by avens View Post
 

 

On a side note, the 555 soundstage mod is overrated. Doing it has big tradeoffs, ruining the headphones for music (not that they were good to begin with) and I'd say doesn't make them any better for gaming as well.

 

I find this to be true of most mods. 

post #19655 of 29402

I wonder if anyone could give some input into my situation. I am an only-PC gamer but this seems to be the more active place for headphone advice.

 

Currently I'm using Goldring NS1000s and a Xonar DG, and I'm looking to upgrade since these are beginning to have issues and my birthday is approaching. Isolation isn't an issue, and most of my time is spent playing competitive FPS. When I do listen to music, it's generally classical or stuff like Elbow/Adele/Coldplay/occasionally-guilty-musicals.

 

I don't have a huge budget, and I would like to avoid having to get external DACs/Amps. Q701s look ideal (if on the very high end of the budget - £150 imported from US) for me, but from what I've read the Xonar DG would struggle to drive them properly. I could alternatively get DT770/990 Pro 80Ohms for £118, which I hear also benefit greatly from amping but holy **** they look comfortable. The headphones I'm leaning towards right now are the AD700s, which I can get for £92.

 

Would appreciate any thoughts on the best solution.

 

On another note, to get Dolby Headphone I should just have 5.1 selected in game and DH enabled in Xonar menu right?

 

 

Thanks


Edited by Simarilli - 1/5/14 at 2:04pm
post #19656 of 29402
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Originally Posted by Simarilli View Post
 

I wonder if anyone could give some input into my situation. I am an only-PC gamer but this seems to be the more active place for headphone advice.

Currently I'm using Goldring NS1000s and a Xonar DG, and I'm looking to upgrade since these are beginning to have issues and my birthday is approaching. Isolation isn't an issue, and most of my time is spent playing competitive FPS. When I do listen to music, it's generally classical or stuff like Elbow/Adele/Coldplay/occasionally-guilty-musicals.

I don't have a huge budget, and I would like to avoid having to get external DACs/Amps. Q701s look ideal (if on the very high end of the budget - £150 imported from US) for me, but from what I've read the Xonar DG would struggle to drive them properly. I could alternatively get DT770/990 Pro 80Ohms for £118, which I hear also benefit greatly from amping but holy **** they look comfortable. The headphones I'm leaning towards right now are the AD700s, which I can get for £92.

Would appreciate any thoughts on the best solution.

On another note, to get Dolby Headphone I should just have 5.1 selected in game and DH enabled in Xonar menu right?

Check out the AKG K612 Pro (120-Ohm) headphones, 120 GBP.

 

Setting the game to 5.1 (6-channel) sounds right.

Also assuming you have set the Xonar DG's Audio Channel to "6-channel"

and enabled "Dolby Headphone" in the DG's Audio Output

 

Hopefully you have disabled the motherboard's on-board audio, in the BIOS

Have you tried the Unified Xonar drivers? with the Xonar DG.

post #19657 of 29402
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Originally Posted by Simarilli View Post
 

I wonder if anyone could give some input into my situation. I am an only-PC gamer but this seems to be the more active place for headphone advice.

 

Currently I'm using Goldring NS1000s and a Xonar DG, and I'm looking to upgrade since these are beginning to have issues and my birthday is approaching. Isolation isn't an issue, and most of my time is spent playing competitive FPS. When I do listen to music, it's generally classical or stuff like Elbow/Adele/Coldplay/occasionally-guilty-musicals.

 

I don't have a huge budget, and I would like to avoid having to get external DACs/Amps. Q701s look ideal (if on the very high end of the budget - £150 imported from US) for me, but from what I've read the Xonar DG would struggle to drive them properly. I could alternatively get DT770/990 Pro 80Ohms for £118, which I hear also benefit greatly from amping but holy **** they look comfortable. The headphones I'm leaning towards right now are the AD700s, which I can get for £92.

 

Would appreciate any thoughts on the best solution.

 

On another note, to get Dolby Headphone I should just have 5.1 selected in game and DH enabled in Xonar menu right?

 

 

Thanks

The ATH AD700X are more comfortable!

post #19658 of 29402
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post
 

Check out the AKG K612 Pro (120-Ohm) headphones, 120 GBP.

 

Setting the game to 5.1 (6-channel) sounds right.

Also assuming you have set the Xonar DG's Audio Channel to "6-channel"

and enabled "Dolby Headphone" in the DG's Audio Output

 

Hopefully you have disabled the motherboard's on-board audio, in the BIOS

Have you tried the Unified Xonar drivers? with the Xonar DG.

 

Thanks for the suggestion, looks like a definite possibility.

Fairly sure I've done all that, although I seem to remember it being irritatingly difficult/non-intuitive to disable onboard. Definitely running the unified drivers.

 

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Originally Posted by martin vegas View Post
 

The ATH AD700X are more comfortable!

 

They are? Excellent, might go for them instead. I can actually get them slightly cheaper, although whether they would arrive in time for birthday is up in the air. 

post #19659 of 29402
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Originally Posted by martin vegas View Post

 

The ATH AD700X are more comfortable!

 

A matter of opinion. I cannot stand AT designs in terms of comfort. I'd take the AKG or Beyer cans as they fit my head. The AT wing design is terrible if you have a somewhat narrow head, as I do.

post #19660 of 29402

I am just wondering what those of you with handheld consoles (Vita & 3DS) are using for headphones? 

post #19661 of 29402

The Koss clip ons have been well known around here for those who game on the go. I have none, myself, but have read great things about them... especially at their price...

post #19662 of 29402

HD800. Joking aside I use the KSC75 or PortaPros with my 3DS, so a plus one for the Koss clip-on.

post #19663 of 29402
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Originally Posted by chicolom View Post
 

 

You can't go wrong with NEW Q701s for $199...

 

 

...or NEW X1s for $249.

 

 

Both great headphones, and great values at those prices.

What do you mean by NEW X1s?

post #19664 of 29402
He means "NEW" as in brand new...
post #19665 of 29402
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Originally Posted by TomatoTen View Post
 

What do you mean by NEW X1s?

 

He's just emphasizing that it is not a used price.

 

Wow I am late to the party. Change beat me to it buy quite a while.

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