Congratumilations! I still have a ways to go before I hit that status.
just for my layman knowledge, what would the difference in terms of surround, soundstage and pinpointing be between these 2 configs:
1.- Just the Senn HD 598 from a powered source (for example, I guess a PC would do)
2.- The Senn HD 598 + DSS1 from the PS4, assuming the DSS1 performs as an amplifier and as a DH 7.1 surround (did I well understand?)
I mean, would the Senn by itself have a decent "surround"? If so, what does the 7.1 DSS1 add? Does it turn 2 channels into 7 virtual ones (+subwoofer), then improving surround in what what terms? Or what is the "gain" I will have thanks to the DSS1?
And another doubt: do you think moving from a Senn RS 160 to a Senn HD 598(+DSS1) is quality worth it?
I finally got a dss version 1, but is it all the same in terms of audio quality the SoundBlaster Recon3D? Does the Recon3D handle both audio+chat? Would you recommend one over the other?
I personally found the K550 dull and lifeless on their own with music, so I wouldn't expect them to be any fun for gaming. That said there are others who absolutely love them. I am not among those people.
I can't speak to the sonic differences, but the Recon3D can definitely handle chat.
Not sure how good their isolation is, but soundmagic HP100 are closed and have decent soundstage FWIR.
Before i got an AD700 i had an PC350 and the isolation is for a closed Headset really bad. You will hear most things out their, just at a bit lower Volume.
The A700 and K550 have both been discussed at length throughout the thread. I'd recommend using the search option when you have a few minutes to read through everything that's been said about both of them.
Just build a new pc and sold my asus U3. My mobo Asus z87pro got onboard realtek soundcard with 8 channel sound and optic out. Do I still need to buy internal soundcard (which asus xonar if I need it) for gaming and music?
I'm using Aune X1 as DAC with optical in from the onboard/internal soundcard.
The Realtek® ALC1150 does indeed put out 8 channel audio but looking over the spec sheet while it can output audio in DTS via DTS connect it can't do Dolby Headphone like your Asus U3 did before. Since you're using the Aune X1 and it's working perfectly for you now you'll simply need a basic card that can provide Dolby Headphone and then run out into the Aune. You won't be using the DAC or amp in the soundcard so it doesn't need to be expensive. The Xonar DG can get you DH easily and can be found online around $20 when on sale. Then run optical out to your Aune as you currently are and resume enjoying your gaming to the fullest.
Thanks for the reply axel. So no good then the onboard realtek, I still need a discrete soundcard for surround gaming right?
I'm eyeing for xonar DX and DS. The DX is a bit expensive, but the DS can output 7.1 and cheaper. Any opinion?
Both sound cards can output sound over toslink to your Aune X1. It looks like the DS doesn't supply Dolby Headphone but DX does. So I'd scratch the DS off your list. When you compare what you're getting from the DX vs the DG in your setup there's little difference. You'll be using the Aune X1 as your DAC/amp, so you don't really care much about those components in the soundcard. The DX does output 7.1 but that'll be mixed down close to the same with the DH in the end. Your Aune will do the same output sample rate with both cards. The DX does come with a 3 year warranty, so that's a bonus with the more expensive unit.
If you want a better card and don't plan to always use it with your Aune then go for the DX so you have the better components when using the internal DAC and amp. But if you'll always have it with the Aune the DG will get you there for less.