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Anyone have an idea if i could use a regular speaker stereo amp with a headphone jack instead of a dedicated headphone amp for a MixAmp setup for getting more power to thirsty headphones? I'm basically clueless about this stuff, but i'm thinking it might be a problem since a speaker amp may not be suited for a Dolby sorround device such as the MixAmp.

Also, do the MixAmp 2013 work perfectly now after the 1.3 firmware update? I've read tons of complaints on the 2013 version prior to that update in regards to using a mic and audio drops.
Edited by conceptionist - 4/29/13 at 6:43pm
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I think it's time you jumped on the field, MLE. Right now is the perfect time.
OOOH, Tomb Raider special edition is only $30!
I played BF3 on my Xbox a fair bit, even bought a copy of the game for a friend just to have someone to play with, but it was really frustrating to play against the high-level tanks with tons of unlocks, or the teammates who'd camp the jet spawns just to crash into the ground. That said, the Xbox gaming community might be different from the PC one, and my cousin was bugging me to join him (on PC). Have you played Planetside 2? I hear that's supposed to be good.
The reality, though, is I have 6 or 7 A list games in my library backlog, waiting for me to play them.
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That's why I loved MGO.
What's MGO?
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OOOH, Tomb Raider special edition is only $30!
I played BF3 on my Xbox a fair bit, even bought a copy of the game for a friend just to have someone to play with, but it was really frustrating to play against the high-level tanks with tons of unlocks, or the teammates who'd camp the jet spawns just to crash into the ground. That said, the Xbox gaming community might be different from the PC one, and my cousin was bugging me to join him (on PC). Have you played Planetside 2? I hear that's supposed to be good.
The reality, though, is I have 6 or 7 A list games in my library backlog, waiting for me to play them.
What's MGO?

MGO: Metal Gear Online.

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OOOH, Tomb Raider special edition is only $30!
I played BF3 on my Xbox a fair bit, even bought a copy of the game for a friend just to have someone to play with, but it was really frustrating to play against the high-level tanks with tons of unlocks, or the teammates who'd camp the jet spawns just to crash into the ground. That said, the Xbox gaming community might be different from the PC one, and my cousin was bugging me to join him (on PC). Have you played Planetside 2? I hear that's supposed to be good.

Planetside 2 is amazing! A bit repetitive, but the controls and game play are solid. A bit like BF, but bigger and persistent. What is absolutely horrible in the game is its sound engine. It sounds good, but directional audio is so entirely screwed in it. The good news is it isn't as critical in PS2 as it is in BF3, CS, or CoD due to the design of the game play. Definitely check out PS2 if you haven't.

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What's MGO?

Metal Gear Online.
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Planetside 2 is amazing! A bit repetitive, but the controls and game play are solid. A bit like BF, but bigger and persistent. What is absolutely horrible in the game is its sound engine. It sounds good, but directional audio is so entirely screwed in it. The good news is it isn't as critical in PS2 as it is in BF3, CS, or CoD due to the design of the game play. Definitely check out PS2 if you haven't.

 

Funny that you say that, because while PlanetSide 2's audio mixing is par for the software-mixed course, I still find it far, FAR better than BF:BC2 and what little I remember of the BF3 beta.

 

I'd rather have proper 3D audio back like with PlanetSide 1, though...but there's not much point in playing PS1 these days, especially with the required subscription fees.

 

The one thing that frustrates me, though, is the performance. PS2 wants as much CPU as it can get for the big battles, and a 3 GHz Q6600 is proving to be insufficient. I'm itching for Haswell already!

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Hey, new on the forum. 

I'm a gamer / hi-fi enthusiast / DJ / music producer and I'm looking good step up from my ****ty TB X31's. I'm looking for a great all around set up with a focus on gaming, but it should also work for movies, heavy music and some music production. So a good mix of analytical and fun sound with decent immersion and big soundstage. Would be super grateful for any input on this:

 

After doing a lot of research of reading this thread and other forums and reviews, I've come to the conclusion that I want to go down the route of Astro Mixamp Pro 2013 (or maybe earlier versions are better if EQ is not needed?) + a great third party headphone + Dx mini clip-on mic.

 

I've already got a NAD C320BEE amp (which I guess will be able to drive the headphones?) and a TC Electronic Twin Impact soundcard for music production, which I'm not sure if it's for any use in this case. It has microphone preamps and sounds great overall. Also, the NAD has EQ for low's and hi's which could render the latest 2013 mixamp EQ feature useless, if I've understood this correctly.

 

So far, I've narrowed down the headphone choice to:

- Beyerdynamic DT990 250 ohms - 125 USD 

- Beyerdynamic DT880 600 ohms - 120 USD (Can my NAD really drive this beast? Would it work at all plugged into my Ipod?)

- Sennheiser HD598 - 170 USD

- Sennheiser HD555 modded to 595 - 90 USD

- AKG K702 Annies - 350 USD (really sure not sure if I want to spend that much, though)

 

I play fps, racing and role playing/adventure games (cod, bf3, forza, skyrim, mass effect). I don't professionally compete, but I'd like to be very competitive in the shooters, if that makes sense. Still, I don't want to sacrifice too much bass or immersion for soundwhoring. I'm also gonna use the headphones for movies and some bass heavy music listening / production (hiphop, techno, house, dubstep). 

 

I'm leaning at either the DT990 or the HD598 atm. The 598's would be 50 bucks more though, but I've read Sennheisers in general pair well with the NAD C320BEE. 

 

Thoughts?

 

Thanks

Hey where are you findind these awesome prices. 125$ for dt990s is ridiculously awesome

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Classifieds on the forum and Ebay. I don't mind buying used stuff. Shipping is excluded in those prices.
Edited by conceptionist - 4/30/13 at 10:36am
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Anyone have an idea if i could use a regular speaker stereo amp with a headphone jack instead of a dedicated headphone amp for a MixAmp setup for getting more power to thirsty headphones? I'm basically clueless about this stuff, but i'm thinking it might be a problem since a speaker amp may not be suited for a Dolby sorround device such as the MixAmp.

Also, do the MixAmp 2013 work perfectly now after the 1.3 firmware update? I've read tons of complaints on the 2013 version prior to that update in regards to using a mic and audio drops.

 

The 2013 Mixamp runs just fine after the latest firmware update.  However, there was also an issue with the USB power cord included in the box.  Apparently, the original cords were causing power drops when plugged into the xbox 360.  I'm not sure if they replaced those for new orders, but Astro sent me a new cable and it has worked fine ever since.  I'm very happy with the product now.  The latest firmware addressed all the problems people were having and made the EQ settings far more neutral as compared to when it shipped.

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Funny that you say that, because while PlanetSide 2's audio mixing is par for the software-mixed course, I still find it far, FAR better than BF:BC2 and what little I remember of the BF3 beta.

 

I'd rather have proper 3D audio back like with PlanetSide 1, though...but there's not much point in playing PS1 these days, especially with the required subscription fees.

 

The one thing that frustrates me, though, is the performance. PS2 wants as much CPU as it can get for the big battles, and a 3 GHz Q6600 is proving to be insufficient. I'm itching for Haswell already!

 

I don't recall my experience in BC2 and wasn't being very critical of audio when I was playing it, so I can't really comment on it at all and I know BF3 Beta was pretty rough, but there is no doubt in my mind that the current version of BF3's positional audio rendering is lightyears beyond PS2. It makes sense in my head because I'm assuming the Forgelight game engine is probably handling a bajillion more complexities than Frostbite is. It's not distracting, but the audio is inferior IMO. It doesn't take away from the PS2 experience, though. I mean PS2 is really impressive once you understand everything that's happening.


Edited by roguegeek - 4/30/13 at 10:52am
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So my LCD2 is sold. For now, I'm stuck with the PLYR1 and my clip ons. wink.gif
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So my LCD2 is sold. For now, I'm stuck with the PLYR1 and my clip ons. wink.gif

 

HOW CAN YOU LIVE WITH YOURSELF?!

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I don't. I'm impulsive! frown.gif

Depending on how good the Emperor is, I may sell the Compass 2 as well and re-buy the ODAC, as I won't need a amp+dac anymore.

Somebody beat me to the D7000 that was on sale. I was going to buy it. rolleyes.gif
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 4/30/13 at 11:14am
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I don't. I'm impulsive! frown.gif

Depending on how good the Emperor is, I may sell the Compass 2 as well and re-buy the ODAC, as I won't need a amp+dac anymore.

Somebody beat me to the D7000 that was on sale. I was going to buy it. rolleyes.gif

 

You're really that impress with the D7000, huh?

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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View PostSomebody beat me to the D7000 that was on sale. I was going to buy it. rolleyes.gif

Try the W1000X instead. You'll be surprised (positively or negatively, no guarantees tongue_smile.gif). If you hated the A900X you'll probably like the W1000X.

 

I do prefer them over the Denons for gaming, though it's a close call for movies.


Edited by 3X0 - 4/30/13 at 11:48am
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