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Ok so I've been lurking on here for a little while and this is my first post. Had Astro A50's and was looking to "up my game." I don't game on PC anymore. I use my Xbox One on a desk with my keyboard and mouse setup just pretty much exactly like PC gaming...but on my Xbone. haha

 

Anyway I was crossed between getting the new SteelSeries H wireless, the PC360's with the built in mic or going with DT990's 250 ohm and finding myself an Antlion Mod Mic along with a Mixamp.

 

So I went with the DT990's with the Fiio E17 and the 2013 Mixamp. First impressions were I wasn't impressed at all. The amount of hiss the 2013 Mixamp produced was insane. Completely unacceptable IMO. Turned me off to the whole custom setup at first plus I wasn't a fan of having a cluttered desk with wires going everywhere. So I immediately order the new SteelSeries H wireless. I found them in stock somewhere on eBay. Purchased those 2 days ago and I'll have them on Tuesday. I know the whole consensus is that if they have "gaming" on the box they are usually crap. These look really amazing though to me so I had to at least try them.  

 

Moving on I had also just purchased the older style Mixamp before it was redesigned and got it yesterday. OMG the difference between the 2013 mixamp and this 2010-11 model was amazing. I could turn up the volume all the way and get zero noticable hiss. On the 2013 Mixamp if I went past 50% on the volume knob the hiss got intolerable. Needless to say I will be returning the 2013 Mixamp! 

 

I'm really happy with the DT990/Fiio/Mixamp setup now. I ordered the 2.3 Antlion Mod Mic a week ago. Should get it end of the month. I',m debating whether to open the SteelSeries H wireless headset though. They look awesome although I doubt they will sound as good as my DT990's BUT they are wireless...which is a weak spot for me. :( I doubt I'll be able to not open them when I get them on Tuesday just to see. haha

post #20162 of 37366
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Originally Posted by Nokami View Post
 

And you will need a pretty good amp too 

 

Only for Gaming i wouldnt buy a AKG701..

The amp will be like $200 more right? The problem is i live in Argentina so the shipping cost is like $140 for the can and amp. 

 

The goal is music, movies and some gaming. I have a clip on mic maybe a headset is worthless? 

post #20163 of 37366
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Originally Posted by damstr View Post
 

Ok so I've been lurking on here for a little while and this is my first post. Had Astro A50's and was looking to "up my game." I don't game on PC anymore. I use my Xbox One on a desk with my keyboard and mouse setup just pretty much exactly like PC gaming...but on my Xbone. haha

 

Anyway I was crossed between getting the new SteelSeries H wireless, the PC360's with the built in mic or going with DT990's 250 ohm and finding myself an Antlion Mod Mic along with a Mixamp.

 

So I went with the DT990's with the Fiio E17 and the 2013 Mixamp. First impressions were I wasn't impressed at all. The amount of hiss the 2013 Mixamp produced was insane. Completely unacceptable IMO. Turned me off to the whole custom setup at first plus I wasn't a fan of having a cluttered desk with wires going everywhere. So I immediately order the new SteelSeries H wireless. I found them in stock somewhere on eBay. Purchased those 2 days ago and I'll have them on Tuesday. I know the whole consensus is that if they have "gaming" on the box they are usually crap. These look really amazing though to me so I had to at least try them.

 

Moving on I had also just purchased the older style Mixamp before it was redesigned and got it yesterday. OMG the difference between the 2013 mixamp and this 2010-11 model was amazing. I could turn up the volume all the way and get zero noticable hiss. On the 2013 Mixamp if I went past 50% on the volume knob the hiss got intolerable. Needless to say I will be returning the 2013 Mixamp!

 

I'm really happy with the DT990/Fiio/Mixamp setup now. I ordered the 2.3 Antlion Mod Mic a week ago. Should get it end of the month. I',m debating whether to open the SteelSeries H wireless headset though. They look awesome although I doubt they will sound as good as my DT990's BUT they are wireless...which is a weak spot for me. :( I doubt I'll be able to not open them when I get them on Tuesday just to see. haha

Did you purchase the 2011 mixamp from the Microsoft Store? I can hear hissing on mine but it's faint and only at high volume levels which would cause my ear drums to burst anyway. Glad you are happy with your setup. :atsmile:


Edited by DADDYDC650 - 1/18/14 at 12:40pm
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Originally Posted by DADDYDC650 View Post

Did you purchase the 2011 mixamp from the Microsoft Store? I can hear hissing on mine but it's faint and only at high volume levels which would cause my ear drums to burst anyway. Glad you are happy with your setup. atsmile.gif
No I got it used off eBay. It's the version that actually says A40 Mixamp on the bottom. It's not the one that looks like the new 2013 Mixamp if that helps.

Edit: This is what I'm talking about. I actually didn't know there were 2 different version of the pre- 2013 Mixamp. After I bought it I then noticed it wasn't the one I had in mind. I thought I screwed up but everything has been great since I got it. Like I said a night and day difference compared to the 2013 Mixamp in terms of hiss.

ce96a6a6_mixamp.jpg
Edited by damstr - 1/18/14 at 1:53pm
post #20165 of 37366

Guys,

 

Razordog is selling the K612 for $165 using coupon "K612PRO"

 

Also, this one is for chico. he has a discount for the flagship K812 using coupon "K812PRO" (only $200 off but thought I'd share, anyway)

post #20166 of 37366
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Originally Posted by Change is Good View Post
 

Guys,

 

Razordog is selling the K612 for $165 using coupon "K612PRO"

 

Also, this one is for chico. he has a discount for the flagship K812 using coupon "K812PRO" (only $200 off but thought I'd share, anyway)

 

My wallet is trying to tear a whole in my back pocket. Unfortunately I have to pass on this for the moment. House > headphones.

post #20167 of 37366
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Originally Posted by damstr View Post

No I got it used off eBay. It's the version that actually says A40 Mixamp on the bottom. It's not the one that looks like the new 2013 Mixamp if that helps.

Edit: This is what I'm talking about. I actually didn't know there were 2 different version of the pre- 2013 Mixamp. After I bought it I then noticed it wasn't the one I had in mind. I thought I screwed up but everything has been great since I got it. Like I said a night and day difference compared to the 2013 Mixamp in terms of hiss.

ce96a6a6_mixamp.jpg
Interesting. The mixamp that came with my a30 headset looks different. I wonder if there's any differences sonically. en_INTL_L_Astro_Gaming_A30_Wired_Sys_Hard_Bndled.jpg
Edited by DADDYDC650 - 1/18/14 at 3:22pm
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Originally Posted by DADDYDC650 View Post

Interesting. The mixamp that came with my a30 headset looks different. I wonder if there's any differences sonically. en_INTL_L_Astro_Gaming_A30_Wired_Sys_Hard_Bndled.jpg
Yeah that's the newer design version I was talking about. That's the one I meant to order the first time off eBay.

Question what is the orange piece on the bottom? I unplugged it and it has 2 3.5mm plugs on it. Not sure what it's for.
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Originally Posted by AxelCloris View Post

My wallet is trying to tear a whole in my back pocket. Unfortunately I have to pass on this for the moment. House > headphones.

I am a weak, weak man...
post #20170 of 37366
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Originally Posted by damstr View Post


No I got it used off eBay. It's the version that actually says A40 Mixamp on the bottom. It's not the one that looks like the new 2013 Mixamp if that helps.

Edit: This is what I'm talking about. I actually didn't know there were 2 different version of the pre- 2013 Mixamp. After I bought it I then noticed it wasn't the one I had in mind. I thought I screwed up but everything has been great since I got it. Like I said a night and day difference compared to the 2013 Mixamp in terms of hiss.

ce96a6a6_mixamp.jpg

The volume dials and markings look so much cooler on the older one

post #20171 of 37366
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Originally Posted by damstr View Post


Yeah that's the newer design version I was talking about. That's the one I meant to order the first time off eBay.

Question what is the orange piece on the bottom? I unplugged it and it has 2 3.5mm plugs on it. Not sure what it's for.

 

Pretty sure that's for hooking up multiple Mixamps together for LAN gaming or something.

 

What kind of presets does the old Mixamp have... the same 4 presets as the 2013 edition?

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Originally Posted by pervysage View Post

Pretty sure that's for hooking up multiple Mixamps together for LAN gaming or something.

What kind of presets does the old Mixamp have... the same 4 presets as the 2013 edition?
Only the 2013 has presets as far as I know.
post #20173 of 37366
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Originally Posted by pervysage View Post

 

Pretty sure that's for hooking up multiple Mixamps together for LAN gaming or something.

 

Exactly. It's for zero latency networking between multiple Mixamps, mainly used in squad competition gaming.

 

As for the presets, neither of the Mixamps I've ever owned have had those, so yeah it must be exclusive to the 2013.

post #20174 of 37366

Guys I have a pretty specific request and I know this guide is made to help you do just that, however comfort is a huge priority for me due to a TMJ problem with my jaw.  Basically if I don't have headphones that are extremely comfortable, I can't wear them for more than an hour or so and that makes them much less valuable to me.

 

I am looking for ones with extremely comfortable ear cushions and overall fairly light, although with a good head support the weight can be offset if they use a good system.  I am looking for headphones that are an over the ear design and perform well across the board (gaming -> music -> movies).  Also these will probably be about 50/50 between home use and office, I highly doubt they will ever see traveling (I'd just use my Nuforce NE-700XNU buds).

 

I'm looking to stay between $150-$225 and I'm not particular to any one brand, could anyone give me any good suggestions?  BTW the features are listed in importance from start to finish, so comfort is by far the most important.  Also if there is something that is barely over $225, I would be open to look at them, but I'd prefer to stay inside that budget if possible.

 

 

BTW my Signal Chain (Headphone) is as follows:

 

Creative ZXR (w/ MUSES01/2x AD8597/2x ADA4627-1BRZ) -> Headphones

 

Also while in the office I'll be using my Cowon iAudio 9+

 

 

In terms of headphones, I've kind of been eying the thinksound on1, although they are a little outside of my price range.  Also the Audio-Technica ATH-M50 caught my eye along with the Onkyo ES-CTI300.  Closed back is what I am looking at mainly (obviously).

 

 

I am thinking about adding a tube amp such as Bravo Audio "Ocean" (Class A Tube Amp) unless someone has a better suggestion for a sub $150 tube based amp.


Edited by NCSUZoSo - 1/18/14 at 11:19pm
post #20175 of 37366
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by damstr View Post

No I got it used off eBay. It's the version that actually says A40 Mixamp on the bottom. It's not the one that looks like the new 2013 Mixamp if that helps.

Edit: This is what I'm talking about. I actually didn't know there were 2 different version of the pre- 2013 Mixamp. After I bought it I then noticed it wasn't the one I had in mind. I thought I screwed up but everything has been great since I got it. Like I said a night and day difference compared to the 2013 Mixamp in terms of hiss.

ce96a6a6_mixamp.jpg

That's a first gen Mixamp which also has almost zero hiss. It's the cleanest sounding Mixamp, but it also lacks usb dac capabilities, so it won't work with the ps3 voice chat.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 1/18/14 at 10:31pm
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