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post #2836 of 37329
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post


The Sennheiser PC360 has gone way up on price, best I can find is $215.

 

Go to the Electronics Expo website, put the Senn HD558 into the cart, use the coupon code "BOUNTII".

Should be around $80 less then the PC360, I'm sure you can get a decent mic for $15 to $25.

 

Asus Xonar DG is about the best bang for the buck sound card.

 

 


PC360 can be found at $200 from razordogdeals at ebay, but $80 off on hd598 sounds good :)

 

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PC360 can be found at $200 from razordogdeals at ebay, but $80 off on hd598 sounds good :)

 



It's 558 though, not 598

post #2838 of 37329

Just picked up the Denon AH-D7000 from an authorized dealer new open in-box for 585.00 + 10 bucks shipping. Not sure if that is a great price or not, but I looked around and couldn't beat it. I THINK I may be still able to register them for the manufacturer's warranty. I also ordered the Grado adapter to take them from the large plug to the small ones.

 

Now I just need to settle on a portable amp. I've heard good things about the E7. Anyone think I can do better for near the same price range?

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Thread Starter 
The E7 isn't much of an amp, more a good dac with an okay amp. The Fiio E11 would be better, though if you don't need portable, the E9 is great with the D7000. I loved it with the E9 over the Lyr.
post #2840 of 37329

Thanks for a great guide Mad Lust Envy.

 

My brother has expressed interest in a gaming headset for the XBOX 360 over the past few months. He mainly plays FPS and sports games. After browsing here for a few days, I have concluded that a nice pair of headphones with a clip-on mic would probably do the job better than a generic headset.

 

 

However, I am at a loss. Since I am on a relatively limited budget, I need to decide between:

 

 

A relatively cheap (albeit good-quality) pair of headphones, such as the Koss KSC75s, coupled with a mixamp/mic...

 

or

 

Higher-end headphones, such as the Samson SR850s or ATH-AD700s, possibly without the mixamp...

 

 

(TLDR: Not sure whether to get inexpensive headphones w/ a mixamp or a better pair w/out the mixamp.)

 

Any input is appreciated - Thanks in advance.

post #2841 of 37329

Get MixAmp + KSC75 + Mic.

Without the MixAmp you're going to have game and chat audio competing for attention--very far from ideal, and I've tried this even with the nice DT880 + mic.

post #2842 of 37329
Thread Starter 
The KSC75 isn't going to blow anything away, but its solid for the price. If you can only afford the Mixamp, you may as well get the AX720 which is the same price and comes with a decent headset. You can get better headphones later.
post #2843 of 37329

Appreciate the quick responses guys. I will have to look into the AX720s and the KSC75 options.

 

I am also wondering if there is an alternative to the $140 Astro 5.8 Mixamp. Maybe that way I could get a decent pair of phones (such as the SR850s) that would outmatch my previous options?

 

Thanks again

 

 

 

EDIT: Possibly Turtle Beach DSS instead of the 5.8?


Edited by kork - 12/19/11 at 8:48pm
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Thread Starter 
The DSS is like the Mixamp without voice chat. Only get it if you not gonna use a non-Turtle Beach headset.
post #2845 of 37329
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I just had a WTF moment.

I was just randomly listening to music when "Olive - Miracle" played. The very beginning of the song LITERALLY made me think my sound bar (obviously in front of my TV) was on. I was wearing my DT990/600. This is the first time EVER while wearing headphones that I have heard such a forward depth in the soundstage, that it fooled me into thinking the sound was coming from 10 feet in front of me. No joke, it wasn't like "OMG, these headphones sound so coolz, yo", but literally "OMG, why the hell did my E9 stop working through the headphone out and change to the RCA out? (going to my soundbar)

That is insane. eek.gif

Please continue with your regularly scheduled programming. biggrin.gif

And for the lulz:

264

C WHUT I DID THAR? Actually not as bad as I thought it'd be. Still sounds like itself, just at a lower volume, loud enough to consider moderate, and the lack of juice softens the treble, so it's easy to sleep to. smily_headphones1.gif
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 12/20/11 at 3:18pm
post #2846 of 37329

My Smyth Realiser arrived at my office but I can't test it yet because I am on vacation. Will try it with my SR009 and LCD3 after Christmas. I suspect it will be quite close to the ultimate headphone gaming experience one can have.

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frown.gif. The HD598s just dropped to $173 on Amazon with one pair left (and also a free upgrade to 1-day shipping for Christmas!), so I tried to speed-research and see if I could pull the trigger, but I wasn't fast enough. I thought I've read that they're bass-light and not too great with metal / electronic / rap, so that worried me. I love the look of the Q701 and there are a lot of pluses to them, but I've also read a number of people that say they don't like them at all. I think I just need somewhere to audition high-end 'phones, but I don't know if there's anywhere near here. It's too hard making decisions!

 

(Can I "Good story bro" myself? smile.gif )


Edited by Apollo33 - 12/20/11 at 5:47pm
post #2848 of 37329

Q701 are really nice and I wish I had gotten those instead of the Senn555.

Though, I say go with the DT990 or the 880. Those seem to be good all-rounder and do especially good with games too.

 

I'm no expert by any means and It's thanks to this topic that I became interested in headphone gaming, so you might want to wait and see what other people think.

post #2849 of 37329
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And for the lulz:
264
C WHUT I DID THAR? Actually not as bad as I thought it'd be. Still sounds like itself, just at a lower volume, loud enough to consider moderate, and the lack of juice softens the treble, so it's easy to sleep to. smily_headphones1.gif


Blasphemy!!!  How dare you use use those without an amp!!

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Blasphemy!!!  How dare you use use those without an amp!!


Hahaha, cuz Im gangsta like dat, SON! biggrin.gif
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