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Originally Posted by Change is Good View Post
 

Matrix M-stage 2012 version with USB DAC for only $209?!? That's a STEAL!!!

 

http://www.amazon.com/Matrix-M-Stage-Headphone-Amplifier-USB/dp/B00775POZW

Isn't there a newer version of that DAC or is it the newest revision? Also, the listing says 2011. Is that wrong?

post #21347 of 30857
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Originally Posted by Acerackham View Post

Hey guys wondering if someone could shed some light on a few things for me, tried sifting through the previous posts for an answer but can't really find anything. I'm a bit new to the headphone scene recently bought a pair of AKG K545's from Amazon due to a sale in the UK. Wanted to get a mix amp and use this with my ps4 but as far as I'm aware I would need to get a seperate mic such as the Zalman or Modmic.

Few questions:
1. Is it not possible to use the mic cable that comes with the headphones for voice chat or is that not compatible? As I understand the V moda mic acts much in the same way being a cable use instead of the normal headphone cable

2. If I purchased a attachable mic, would I have to buy a Y adapter in order to use this with the mixamp?

3. How would I then set this up in the ps4 settings to have the mic work and the headphones with the 5.1 surround soon?

4. Finally, is the mix amp better than the turtle beach dss2? Could only find comparisons with the original dss, not really bothered about price just wanted the best sound quality and chat options.

I apologise for seeming obtuse or asking alot of questions , I'm very new to this stuff and any help would be appreciated thanks.

 

 

Don't get the Zalman.  It stopped being recommend ages ago as it's not that good.  There are mic recommendations on the front page.

 

1.  If your headphones came with an inline mic cable you can try using that, although the mic probably won't be spetactular.

 

2.  I believe the mixamp comes with a Y adapter.  It used to at least.

 

3.  Not sure about the mic settings as I don't have a PS4, but the audio output needs to be Dolby Digital 5.1 (via optical) to the mixamp in order to get surround.

 

4.  The DSS2 doesn't use Dolby Headphone, it uses a different surround DSP which - FWIR - isn't as good as Dolby Headphone.  The Mixamp and the original DSS both use Dolby Headphone and thus sound pretty much the same.  Mixamp is better if you use chat a lot, DSS if you don't.

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Originally Posted by roguegeek View Post

Isn't there a newer version of that DAC or is it the newest revision? Also, the listing says 2011. Is that wrong?

It's the old model with the old DAC
the new 2014 comes with an improved DAC section the amp section is almost identical (might be completely)
This one's DAC section is not that great compared to the newer one's.
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Thanks a bunch, still learning how to navigate the site! Will most likely get the V Moda BoomPro though it is fairly difficult to get V Moda accessory products in the UK but it seems like the best option for what I'm looking for. Hopefully have the 2013 Mixamp by the end of the week with a mic and the K545's and test how it works.

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Originally Posted by conquerator2 View Post

It's the old model with the old DAC
the new 2014 comes with an improved DAC section the amp section is almost identical (might be completely)
This one's DAC section is not that great compared to the newer one's.

Which in point is why I think the older version at 209 is a steal... even with its mediocre DAC. One can always add a better standalone DAC, down the road.

And yes, 2011... I have the 2012 but it looks identical to mine (vents on the sides).
Edited by Change is Good - 2/28/14 at 3:59pm
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Is the Audio Technica ATH-AD700X worth it? I want to get a good headphone for gaming and music.
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those of u using yamaha silent cinema for ps4....what are mic options?  I have vmoda boom pro and phillips x1

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Just wanted to make sure with the xonar DGX.

Is the DH effect only available via analog output, or the optic out also? Since I'm only connecting the DGX to the Aune dac via Optic out.

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Can anyone verify that the PX5 receiver uses DH? Can't really find that anywhere though the description seems similar to the DSS.

 

Product page: http://www.turtlebeach.com/product-detail/ps3-headsets/ear-force-px5/51

Manual: http://cdn-assets.turtlebeach.com/products/51/PX5%20User%20Guide-web.pdf

 

Thanks!


Edited by conquerator2 - 3/1/14 at 9:18am
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@conquerator2please see the following page for dolby headphone verification

http://www.dolby.com/us/en/consumer/product/gaming/headset/turtle-beach-ear-force-px5.html
post #21356 of 30857
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Originally Posted by iamstumper View Post

@conquerator2please see the following page for dolby headphone verification

http://www.dolby.com/us/en/consumer/product/gaming/headset/turtle-beach-ear-force-px5.html

Woo, amazing! Thanks! I was expecting this but wasn't sure... a great checklist website. good Dolby.

Sucks the PX5 is not sold separately though... I mean it's probably discontinued now anyway, but it is a nice unit. Should have been offered separately.

Thanks again. Cheers! :beerchug: 

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Originally Posted by Evshrug View Post

Pretty...

On another note, I've hooked up my Yamaha again. First, the amp in this is pretty nice... Not detecting any treble fatigue in my k712's (with Q701 pads) and power delivery is smooth. Well, sometimes it seems like the bass is clipping a little... But that could just be the downloadable Guardians of Light. Halo: Reach is as good as I remembered this way, with my now-knowledge of Dolby Headphone it does indeed sound very similar, though the "standard" movie DSP has a bit more reverb and basically is what I'd imagine DH mode 3 to be like. You can adjust the strength of Silent Cinema's surround effect, so it's like a more granular adjustment between DH Mode 1, 2, and 3. Very much a "Dolby headphone" clone. Haven't fiddled with every single setting yet. For example, I wonder what happens if I apply Dolby Pro llz to a 5.1 DDL signal?

The most evident thing, however, was getting used to the TV here... It's a 55" LED 3D "Smart TV" by Panasonic, I turned on game mode and as many enhancements as I could to "off;" I can't actually "see" a delay, I just can't pull off the super-fast aim adjustments as frequently as I could using a VGA cable to my monitor. It's also hard to understate the effect of going from sitting in front of a 20" monitor to trying to find the optimal distance (sitting on a table, lol) to take in a 55" screen and not be overwhelmed by the sheer scale of what you're taking in. It definitely has intensely good picture quality though. Call me weird... but I may have to switch to my smaller 42" plasma, once I get that set up (somewhere).

Input lag is usually more on the big tvs than for
Monitors. Id suggest u do single player on ur plasma and multiplayer on ur monitor. Thia is coming from a guy who got his 50 in halo 3 on a 37 inch led. Vga was a night and day improvement
post #21358 of 30857
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Originally Posted by mikaveli06 View Post

those of u using yamaha silent cinema for ps4....what are mic options?  I have vmoda boom pro and phillips x1
Well, IMO the VMODA BoomPro provides little if any convenience in that situation.

I don't have a PS4 yet, but I think you need to route chat/mic audio to the controller. You're gonna need a Y-Split adapter, with extensions for the "game audio" to come from the receiver and a short extension for the "mic input" to go to the controller.

Honestly, I think it would be less mess to have a separate lapel mic to just plug straight into the controller (or a Bluetooth mic?), and a nice long cable for audio between your headphone and AVR.
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Originally Posted by Change is Good View Post

Looks like you gotcha hands full for a while. i'll wait before surprising you, then... tongue.gif

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I thought Mad wouldn't be reviewing headphones for a while anyway, because he couldn't afford to ship them back? So... maybe it's open season anyway biggrin.gif

Side note: what are ya playing on PS4? I finished filing my taxes last week, refund check should be soon on the way...
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Well, the DNAs were 'given' to me, and calpis was nice enough to give me the HS15. Nothing to ship back, lol. As for the A30s, you know I bought those with the 5.8 a while ago, but just got them back from being RMA'd.

As for my dire situation, my friend came through and got me a roommate. Literally, last few days before I was moving out. So it looks like I'll have my place until at least the lease is over in Sept. redface.gif

I still needed the money to pay off the share of stuff my old roommate skipped out on, so selling the MA900 was a wise choice.

I currently just beat Strider on ps4.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 3/1/14 at 10:48am
post #21360 of 30857
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Originally Posted by kcazbarach View Post

Input lag is usually more on the big tvs than for
Monitors. Id suggest u do single player on ur plasma and multiplayer on ur monitor. Thia is coming from a guy who got his 50 in halo 3 on a 37 inch led. Vga was a night and day improvement
Oh, hi there!
Lol you posted right when I came back.
The huge LED 3D Smart TV I was talking about is at my new place, it belongs to my roommate (but he shares). I got the input lag down a fair bit by turning off a bunch of processing then switching on Game Mode, but it still processes stuff in the background and I know that my Plasma does it more simply and better. Wish there was a 24" plasma monitor with DisplayPort input... talk about refresh rate potential! Probably never gonna happen frown.gif I suppose I could hook my VGA cable to the plasma too... it's not a very high-quality cable though, makes a difference for these analogue signals.

On Halo 3, I got stuck on rank 38. Since then, however, I've gotten a little better with my positioning and tactical decisions.
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