First off, Thanks so much MLE and everyone else that has and will contribute to this thread you guys are amazing!
I've been reading through this thread trying to glean as much information as I can. I think I have made my decision on what setup I am going to get but I thought I should post it and see if you guys catch anything I'm missing.
I play games mostly on my PC but I also have an xbox that I use from time to time. I need (want) a pair of headphones that I can use with either system that will give me this DH surround that sounds so amazing. My PC doesn't have a sound card just what is on the motherboard (asrock 870 Extreme3) which claims to have "7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection (Realtek ALC892 Audio Codec)" and it does have optical out so I can hook that up to any of the DH systems previously mentioned. I haven't been able to trick it into giving me surround on my headphones but maybe someday I will try and figure that out.
I am most definitely not an audiophile and I do have some hearing loss which decades ago the audiologist said I should never use headphones...... ya that didn't last long. I did research here a few years ago and got a pair of nuforce IEMs that I find to be a much better sounding option than the ibuds that I was using, as long as you don’t move to much. I also have a pair of Sennheiser HD 435s from work that sound pretty good to me and I hope would work plugged into any of the DH amps that I will buy.
I hope to spend no more than $150(US) so after reading through this thread and checking prices I would love to get the Astro mixamp 5.8 but just can’t justify the cost since I can’t get it separately from the A40s which most of you have rated poorly. Someone earlier gave a glowing review of the TB PX5 and those have the added bonus of wireless (mostly) and built in mic. I figured for movies or single player I can just plug my 435s into the wired headset port. I also found them used on amazon (90 day return policy) for $130ish which seems like an amazing steal. After that I would probably just try the DSS2 or AX720 for the amp.
So there are my loooong musings if anyone has some input they would like to give me I would appreciate it, and thanks for wading through my post.
Ps – Any thoughts about the TB X42s that are going to be released in April?