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Yeah, I didn't like it at all. Rear audio cues are useless in comparison to DH and THS Tru Studio, imo.
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i've settled on the q701s as it sounds like they give good overall sound, not sure if the bass will be good

just to clarify i don't want boomy bass i just want to be able to hear it!

 

now im not sure if you know a lot about sound cards (i presume you do)

but which would you recommend for the q701s

 

im trying to decide between these

 

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=211&products_id=13190

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=211&products_id=22196

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=211&products_id=21183

 

im leaning towards the asus dx but i don't think i has a headphone amp :(

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Is there a headphone out there with good bass for rap/hiphop and dubstep, and forward midrange with smooth, but realistic treble?

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Mitch,
I do believe the Asus DG is recommended in the DH in a soundcard camp, because it has a decent amp. Fact-check me though. Personally I would pick the SoundBlaster for the drivers.
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Mitch,
I do believe the Asus DG is recommended in the DH in a soundcard camp, because it has a decent amp. Fact-check me though. Personally I would pick the SoundBlaster for the drivers.
Dh ?
Thanks smily_headphones1.gif
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Originally Posted by Mitchb2020 View Post

i've settled on the q701s as it sounds like they give good overall sound, not sure if the bass will be good
just to clarify i don't want boomy bass i just want to be able to hear it!

now im not sure if you know a lot about sound cards (i presume you do)
but which would you recommend for the q701s

im trying to decide between these

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=211&products_id=13190
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=211&products_id=22196
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=211&products_id=21183

im leaning towards the asus dx but i don't think i has a headphone amp frown.gif
DH = Dolby Headphone. I've owned all three cards. The Z is best for music. Go with the DX if you want DH for gaming. The sound of the DGX is poor, akin to today's onboard. If you go DX, be aware that you need a 4-pin power cable that can reach it and you may need to use the Unified Driver if you get crashes.
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Can the dx drive the q701s??
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DH = Dolby Headphone. I've owned all three cards. The Z is best for music. Go with the DX if you want DH for gaming. The sound of the DGX is poor, akin to today's onboard. If you go DX, be aware that you need a 4-pin power cable that can reach it and you may need to use the Unified Driver if you get crashes.
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Can the dx drive the q701s??
That's a good question. The Z has a dedicated headphone amp (http://www.maximintegrated.com/datasheet/index.mvp/id/7138) and lower output impedance, I'm not sure if the DX ouputs sound straight out of a single opamp or what not. Maybe someone here has paired the DX with the Q701 and can tell you their results.
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Mitch,

Dolby Headphone is what Mad likes to use for surround processing. I like Creative's last effort, THX TruStudio Pro because it had less echo and distortion, but they're pretty close. Creative's Soundblaster Z has the newer SBX for surround processing, amp, and also includes a beamforming microphone that does a decent job. I suggested the DG if you like DH because PurpleAngel has been recommending that as a budget sound card for a year.

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I have around 100 to spend though
The only asus card in that range is the dx
So i may go with the SoundBlaster z
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Originally Posted by Mitchb2020 View Post
 

I've settled on the q701s as it sounds like they give good overall sound, not sure if the bass will be good

just to clarify i don't want boomy bass i just want to be able to hear it!

now im not sure if you know a lot about sound cards (i presume you do)

but which would you recommend for the q701s

im trying to decide between these

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=211&products_id=13190

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=211&products_id=22196

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=211&products_id=21183

im leaning towards the asus dx but i don't think i has a headphone amp :(

The SB-Z (Sound Blaster Z) comes with the same DAC chip (CS4398) as the Xonar DX, but the DX does not have a true headphone amplifier and also has a high impedance.

Where as the SB-Z has a headphone amplifier and a lower output impedance.

The DG has a lower quality DAC chip (but still decent) and a headphone amplifier.

So I'm guess the SB-Z is the best pick.

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The SB-Z (Sound Blaster Z) comes with the same DAC chip (CS4398) as the Xonar DX, but the DX does not have a true headphone amplifier and also has a high impedance.
Where as the SB-Z has a headphone amplifier and a lower output impedance.
The DG has a lower quality DAC chip (but still decent) and a headphone amplifier.
So I'm guess the SB-Z is the best pick.
SB-Z is what I kept out of the 3. DG/DGX really sounds lackluster.
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Thankyou smily_headphones1.gif
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post

The SB-Z (Sound Blaster Z) comes with the same DAC chip (CS4398) as the Xonar DX, but the DX does not have a true headphone amplifier and also has a high impedance.
Where as the SB-Z has a headphone amplifier and a lower output impedance.
The DG has a lower quality DAC chip (but still decent) and a headphone amplifier.
So I'm guess the SB-Z is the best pick.

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Originally Posted by ethan7000 View Post

SB-Z is what I kept out of the 3. DG/DGX really sounds lackluster.
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The SB-Z provides a well rounded option for both gaming and music. The control panel is easy to use and provides ample opportunities for adjusting the output. I really like how easy it is to save preset profiles.

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Why has Fidelio X1 been removed from list labeled as "Competitive"?

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