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Originally Posted by NamelessPFG View Post


Yes, that's exactly what I'm saying. I've confirmed it myself with an SU-DH1 (hardly an audiophile DAC, but still a DAC with S/PDIF input nonetheless). RightMark 3DSound's positioning and EAX test doesn't lie to my ears.

 

You don't even really need one of the more expensive cards, since the main benefit of higher-end sound cards like the Titanium HD, anything Auzentech-built, and the Xonar Essence line is a higher-quality analog output stage, which is being completely bypassed by using a DAC. Lower-end X-Fi cards (XtremeAudio aside) also retain all the relevant DSP features like CMSS-3D Headphone and hardware EAX 5 (for older games that use it). In essence, you're using the sound card solely as a DSP to process the audio and letting a higher-end DAC convert it to analog more cleanly than the card itself can.

 

 

Sweet. Maybe I'll play around with the Titanium HD for a bit and then get an external DAC. Thanks for showing me the light. smile.gif

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Hi,

First time poster, long time reader. :D
I have done a lot of reading recently which is now only serving to confuse me (information overload).
Because of this, I thought it would just be easier to ask for advice.

My Situation:
I play (only) Battlefield - BC2 and BF3.
Until recently I played on XBOX and used PX5's.
Although the PX5's do work on PC, they are primarily designed for console's and I've had issues getting the mic working properly.
I believed that the PX5's offered good sound (although a little light on bass) but you'll probably all tell me otherwise.
I have recently built my first gaming PC which at present only has on board sound via the ASUS P8Z68-V LX (Realtek ALC887 8-Channel Audio).

What I want:
After selling my PX5's I will need to buy headphones (or headset) and a mic.
I do play to win but I still want the immersion so need a balanced headset.
The explosions in Battlefield games are intense, I don't want to miss out on that because they are 100% competitive headphones.
I will be on a budget of about $200 ish (I'm not very good with a budget).
I would like to avoid having to buy a sound card (I will do if necessary).
If I need to buy a sound card I'm hoping I don't need an external amp.

 

  1. What are your thoughts on the most balanced headphones (on a budget)?
  2. Do I need a sound card?
  3. Do I also need an amp?


Thanks in advance.
 



I've been extremely happy with the Sennheiser PC 360. If you get that for around $200, you will not need an amp (Though I have a decent Sound Card, not sure what exactly is the min requirements), and you will have a highly rated mic that many here have found worthwhile.

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So I recently borrowed my brother's copy of CoD Black Ops for the PS3. I haven't had much time to play games lately, but I fired it up and played one round with my DT990s hooked up via the Mixamp to E9. I played a round of Free For All. My stats are fresh (I'm not a PS3 CoD gamer).

First game: 30 kills, 1 death, with no killstreaks rewards except two Helis that killed 3 enemies (they got shot down quickly).

I was absolutely destroying everyone. The DT990s tend to be quite vicious at pinpointing enemies in this game, even with explosions.

Just makes me love them so much. I wouldn't even touch my PC360s if I didn't need a mic.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 1/3/12 at 10:08pm
post #2959 of 37299

Just get the realizer and things should sound more surround sound.  wink.gif

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I would gladly accept one as a gift. smily_headphones1.gif
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Haha same here.  My wallet ran away when I mentioned it... I need to go find it now... redface.gif
 

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I would gladly accept one as a gift. smily_headphones1.gif


 

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My wallet slapped me upside the head. It's been mad at me for quite a long time. frown.gif
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Hahahahaha!  

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Hahahahaha!  


wallet? what's that? my wife confiscated everything that I can use to pay after my Ed8 and LCD2 adventure :P

 

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I still can't believe you did that, btw. I remember you asking me via pm, when you first started out. Now... you surpassed my spending habit... very, VERY quickly. tongue.gif
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Whoa... my wife trusts me but she hasn't confiscated my wallet YET...deadhorse.gif
 

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wallet? what's that? my wife confiscated everything that I can use to pay after my Ed8 and LCD2 adventure :P

 



 

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My wallet isn't very happy with me either.

 

Not just because of Head-Fi compelling me to drop the big bucks for Stax, but also because of those digital distribution service sales over the holidays. I probably have over $2,000 worth of games on my Steam account right now...it's gotten to the point where my New Year's resolution is actually to buy less games and finish more of what I've already bought!

 

One of these days, though, I'll have to sample the Smyth Realiser and/or the SR-009, if at all possible...it would be nice if I could do so without, you know, having to spend thousands of dollars I don't have first.

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I held back on getting the Schiit Lyr (literally canceled at the last minute), in which I must say, I'm proud of myself. I realize that it's overkill for the DT990/600, and I realize I will always prefer the sound of SS amps. So I think I'm gonna get the Audio GD C-2.2, which is slightly cheaper and should have enough power to let the DT990 do it's thing. (200mw@600ohms vs 80mw@600ohm on the E9). That and I believe I'm gonna get another D7000 in the future, which sounds better on an SS amp than on the the Lyr for me, and it doesn't require all that ridiculous power.

I was gonna get the Lyr, but I realize, I'm not gonna get an Ortho to replace the DT990, so it's moot.

If and when I order the C-2.2

http://www.audio-gd.com/Pro/Headphoneamp/C-2new/C2.2EN.htm

I will also order the Moon opamps which would settle the treble down on the DT990 a little, though I honestly find myself not having an issue with it lately.

As for a DAC upgrade, that will have to come later. Not sure if Bifrost or an Audio GD one. The Bifrost seems easier to use. I really wanted a Schiit combo... I wish the Asgard had a LOT of power. The people I know who have owned it and the E9, still say the E9 is better.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 1/3/12 at 11:29pm
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Ya know the C-2.2 should be able to handle any ortho short of an HE-6...

 

Wouldn't really be surprised if it could handle them as well.  Audio GD amps are pretty powerful.  

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The HE-4 did sound decent with the E9, but I could tell it was lacking compared to how the HE-4 sounded off the Lyr. Maybe if the HE400 sounds close to the HE4 (assuming Hifiman velours work for the HE400 without messing up the sound, as it comes with pleather pads), I might consider it. I'm just too happy with the DT990/600 to replace it, and I really do want a D7000 again, leaving no space for another open can. I'm too satisfied with the DT990.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 1/4/12 at 12:13am
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