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What amp/DAC combo do you guys recommend to get the most refined sound out of the X1?

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I wanna get a pair of gaming headphones for pc fps. From reading the reviews I wanna get a pair of AD700. They are discontinued.

But I can get a pair of AUDIO-TECHNICA ATH-AD700X I wanna know if someone can confirm these are as good as the older AD700?

Has Mad Lust tried them yet?

 

Thanks

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I wanna get a pair of gaming headphones for pc fps. From reading the reviews I wanna get a pair of AD700. They are discontinued.

But I can get a pair of AUDIO-TECHNICA ATH-AD700X I wanna know if someone can confirm these are as good as the older AD700?

Has Mad Lust tried them yet?

 

Thanks


He didn't but all the guys who did say that they sound pretty much the same but with slightly worse build quality


Edited by Yethal - 6/5/14 at 5:18am
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He didn't but all the guys who did say that they sound pretty much the same but with slightly worse build quality


Ok. So I guess it will be a safe bet.

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Ok. So I guess it will be a safe bet.


I wonder if the bass is better. I considered buying them for a time but lack of bass in the original ad700 makes them unsuitable for music imo.

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Neat idea but... Somewhat useless, isn't it?

 

Agreed. Plus it uses proprietary hardware that's tethered to a console. 

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I finally got my SRM-T1 back from Accutech after a component went bad, and part of the welcoming party was my new Xonar U3 (to upmix the signal from 2.0 to 7.1 with Dolby Pro Logic IIx, custom remap the spatial processing with 7.1 Virtual Surround, downmix the 7.1 data back to 2.0 with Dolby Headphone, and apply equalization/sound normalization before outputting the resulting processed PCM data through optical TOSLINK) and my Fiio D07K (cheap, effective optical DAC).


In short, my new audio chain is Xonar U3 (processor) -> Fiio D07K + HiFiMeDIY USB Power Isolator (DAC) -> Stax SRM-T1 (amp) -> Stax Lambda Normal Bias (headphone).


The results of this are absolutely mind-blowing. I've never heard anything like this before, even from something like an Astro Mixamp. A Mixamp can't even hold a candle to this, both in processing and in SQ. The spatial processing is so accurate it is almost eerie - I can perfectly place everything going on around me just from watching my uploaded YouTube videos, much less actual in-game audio. When I get my HD7970GEs back from servicing on Monday and start playing again after my month-long hiatus, I wouldn't be surprised if this turns out to be game-breaking.


It works just as well with music, too - I compared the processed and non-processed output while listening to some Daft Punk (the Xonar U3 control panel has a switch to turn all processing on and off) and the result is a vast improvement over vanilla 2.0 - by comparison, the unprocessed signal sounds terrible, or as terrible as a mid-tier Stax setup can sound. My Lambdas sound effortless, but with custom processing, they sound so, so much more so.


So, basically, I've found my audio nirvana. I can't imagine headphone audio ever getting better than this. I highly recommend the Xonar U3 to anyone who listens to music or plays games through a PC, and either has an optical DAC, or doesn't mind shelling out a few bucks for one (the D07K costs like $50, and the Modi is $100). The Xonar U3 costs like $30, and to me, it's worth far more than that.

Glad it's working out for you. Mine has a permanent spot in my setup.
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^The dead has risen! LOL
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Glad it's working out for you. Mine has a permanent spot in my setup.

I wonder, wouldn't it be easier to render the sound in 7.1 mode and process it with dolby headphone and then send it to DAC instead of rendering it in stereo upscaling it and downscaling back again?

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I wonder, wouldn't it be easier to render the sound in 7.1 mode and process it with dolby headphone and then send it to DAC instead of rendering it in stereo upscaling it and downscaling back again?

 

Yes, you can do that. With the Xonar U3, it auto-detects what the audio signal is (2, 4, 6, 8 channel). Upmixing from 2.0 to 7.1 is available for 2 channel, but if you already have a 7.1 signal, the Xonar automatically removes Dolby Pro Logic IIx (the upmixer) from the processing chain. I've only listened to music through my new setup so far since my GPUs are on their way back from a servicing center, but if the spatial effects are THIS GOOD from just 2.0, I can hardly imagine the effects I can get from a legitimate 7.1 source.

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Yes, you can do that. With the Xonar U3, it auto-detects what the audio signal is (2, 4, 6, 8 channel). Upmixing from 2.0 to 7.1 is available for 2 channel, but if you already have a 7.1 signal, the Xonar automatically removes Dolby Pro Logic IIx (the upmixer) from the processing chain. I've only listened to music through my new setup so far since my GPUs are on their way back from a servicing center, but if the spatial effects are THIS GOOD from just 2.0, I can hardly imagine the effects I can get from a legitimate 7.1 source

I wonder how battlefield sounds on that setup. With grenades flying everywhere and noobtube spam

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Yes, you can do that. With the Xonar U3, it auto-detects what the audio signal is (2, 4, 6, 8 channel). Upmixing from 2.0 to 7.1 is available for 2 channel, but if you already have a 7.1 signal, the Xonar automatically removes Dolby Pro Logic IIx (the upmixer) from the processing chain. I've only listened to music through my new setup so far since my GPUs are on their way back from a servicing center, but if the spatial effects are THIS GOOD from just 2.0, I can hardly imagine the effects I can get from a legitimate 7.1 source.

 

Can the Xonar work with a console?

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Can the Xonar work with a console?

nope

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nope


Has anyone tried it with the ps4?

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Has anyone tried it with the ps4?

 

Yes and it doesn't work because the U3 needs drivers to operate.

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