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He ain't kidding. I was NEVER impressed with any of the Battlefield games's directional cues. The quality of the sound is great, but there is almost no real sense of directionality, regardless of settings.


 

Ah OK lol. In your thread I think you found CoD 4 to have excellent positional cues, especially noticeable with quality headphones? Hmm, I'm thinking my search for a gaming sound card is pretty much futile!
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Yeah, CoD4 and especially MW2 had some amazing sense of directionality in multiplayer. BLOPS does too, assuming you are using Ninja Pro, but its not as good as the former two. MW3 doesn't impress me soundwise. Can't soundwhore in that game like the others.
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I am looking for a new set of headphones.  I had the AD700s for a few years and they have served me very well but I am now looking for an upgrade.  The AD700s have been very comfortable and I have tried some AD900s but the drivers seem to touch my ears and they are not nearly as comfortable.

 

At the moment I am considering two headphones.  The Q701 or the DT880 Pro 250ohm.  The main uses are gaming and music.  My music taste varies greatly and covers loads of genres.  At the start of this guide the DT880 Premium was rated pretty well but some comments were made about the positional audio, is that true of the DT880 Pro as well?

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That's something I wish I had the answer to, because I've been eyeing the DT880 Pro for awhile. The DT880 is more to my liking for music than the Q701, but the reverse is true for gaming. Still, I feel that they are close in quality for music, but the Q701 definitely wins for gaming. In any case, the Beyers don't have the deepest cups, so your ears will touch the padding in front of the drivers. I don't find that uncomfortable one bit, whereas the AD700s relatively naked drivers shocked me once in a while. Going from the AD700 to the Q701 would be a very clear upgrade, as I feel it is the truest upgrade to the AD700.



In other news:



So I've been A/B-ing the NFB5 with the E9 (both running off the NFB5's DAC obviously), and it's literally too close too call for the D7000. I'm damn certain that at the same decibel level, I would fail blind A/B tests everytime. So even though the E9 has a high output impedance, which isn't ideal for the Denons, i honestly can't hear anything impacting performance. It's just good music with either amp.

The Q701 sounds just slightly more fluid off the NFB5, where it sounds a little dryer off the E9, but the difference is small.

Again, the output impedance of the E9 should be negative affecting both headphones in comparison to the low impedance of the NFB5, yet it sounds too close too call.

I'm not one of those to fall for new toy syndrome. If I hear CLEAR differences, I'd say it. I'm not. They are both great sounding amps.

If anything is different is that the drier tone of the E9 makes it more analytical, where the NFB5 is more musical, just slightly so.

So all in all, I'd say the NFB5 is for those that want clearly more power than the E9 for some hard to drive cans, but that the differences aren't gonna be jarring for headphones that they both can handle well.

Of course, people here on Head-fi always go for the more expensive stuff and always say it's better than their older equipment, but I wouldn't BS you guys with that hyperbole. If you have an E9, be happy. It sounds great. As far as SS amps go, I doubt you'll find something to REALLY blow it away in comparison in the logically affordable price range. I'd just look for something with a clear coloring of sound if you want different, like a tube amp.

edit: I might have to rethink what I said about the Q701s.... they might actually be better for me now over both the DT880s AND 990s. Just something about them that is just damn awesome.

There is no glaring flaw with them. Seriously, they're just good. Where the DT990s get a bit screechy in the treble, the Q701 just sings happily. The bass AND mids are pretty damn good, as well. The only drawback being sub bass isn't as emphasized as what I'm used to, yet it's not something that can offend the ears like the DT990's treble. The Q701 sounds so rich, and musical. Just not what I expected. AT ALL.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 2/17/12 at 4:28am
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I am looking for a new set of headphones.  I had the AD700s for a few years and they have served me very well but I am now looking for an upgrade.  The AD700s have been very comfortable and I have tried some AD900s but the drivers seem to touch my ears and they are not nearly as comfortable.

At the moment I am considering two headphones.  The Q701 or the DT880 Pro 250ohm.  The main uses are gaming and music.  My music taste varies greatly and covers loads of genres.  At the start of this guide the DT880 Premium was rated pretty well but some comments were made about the positional audio, is that true of the DT880 Pro as well?


What source(s) are you going to be plugging the headphones into?

 

 

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Aloha,

 

I've just received my Astro Mixamp Pro this morning. Still waiting for those two 770 Pros.

I plugged the mixamp into my laptop via usb and my current headset (plantronics gamecom 777) into the included y-adapter and then into the headset jack.

I dont hear any difference between Dolby on or off. Is that because I have it plugged in via usb?

 

I have a little soundcard for my gamecom 777 (because it is the USB version http://gamingweapons.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/plantronics-gamecom-777-usb-headset.jpg  ) and when i use that there is a very clear difference between stereo and dolby headphone. (there's a little on/off switch on the side of the soundcard)

 

I don't hear any difference now when i turn it on and off ingame.

I just plugged the mixamp in and selected them as dedicated sound in Win7.

Do I have to install something or make some other changes?


Edited by torpedoPhil - 2/17/12 at 9:08am
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You must have it plugged in via optical or digital coaxial (for those who don't know, the Pro has a digital coax input).
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You must have it plugged in via optical or digital coaxial (for those who don't know, the Pro has a digital coax input).


How can I acchieve that on my Laptop without a toslink? Is there an adapter for that?

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I don't think you're in luck. The main function of the Mixamp's USB was for chat purposes. It's been mentioned that the Mixamp doesn't do DH through the USB. Sorry.

They really should add the necessary drivers for USB function in future Mixamps. It just makes sense. PC Headsets with DH have been able to do it through USB for the longest time. Just lazy on Astro's part.

They cut corners on the stupidest things, like only having one optical input... just ridiculous.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 2/17/12 at 9:29am
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Damn it, I will send the Mixamp back then. Do you have any recommendation what to get? The DT 770 Pros will be here in a few days. I just want to enjoy awesome stereo sound for music over my laptop and surround sound for games (mostly fps). Should I get the Creative X-Fi Surround 5.1? Or are there better soundcards that improve the stereo quality as well?

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http://www.head-fi.org/t/593050/the-nameless-guide-to-pc-gaming-audio-with-binaural-headphone-surround-sound

Ask here, Nameless knows all about PC gaming with virtual surround. I know nothing. Personally I'd go with probably the Asus Essence STX or Xonar DG... whatever had DH.
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

He ain't kidding. I was NEVER impressed with any of the Battlefield games's directional cues. The quality of the sound is great, but there is almost no real sense of directionality, regardless of settings.


IDK what they did, but on PC BF3>>BFBC2. I've been really pleased with my Beyers and CMSS. Seems pretty smooth to me, dunno if it's true binaural though.

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http://www.head-fi.org/t/593050/the-nameless-guide-to-pc-gaming-audio-with-binaural-headphone-surround-sound
Ask here, Nameless knows all about PC gaming with virtual surround. I know nothing. Personally I'd go with probably the Asus Essence STX or Xonar DG... whatever had DH.


Ok, thanks. Those two soundcards are internal, I would need an external soundcard because I'm using a laptop.

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Oh, sorry. I dunno, TBH. I'm sure Nameless can help.
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