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If you're getting a $400 headphone, I highly recommend you also get the equipment that'll make it sound like it should.  That means definitely getting an amp.  If you're gaming from your PC, a soundcard is always a good idea.  The one you mentioned gets solid reviews around here.  However, if you're getting an amp as well, you don't need to spend much on a sound card as you'll just be using it for DSP and DAC.  I'd recommend a Sound Blaster Z or Omni (whichever is cheaper when you decide to buy).
Thanks for the reply stillhart.
Which amp should I get? Im new to the scene. Whats dsp and dac?
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Thanks for the reply stillhart.
Which amp should I get? Im new to the scene. Whats dsp and dac?

 

A DSP is a Digital Sound Processor. It's what converts 5.1 signals such as Dolby and THX to a simulated surround sound through a stereo output. It effectively gives you surround sound out of a pair of stereo headphones and it's what we primarily use in this thread. A DAC is a Digital to Analog Converter. These are what convert digital signal to analog and allow you to hear the sound through headphones or speakers. Many times these two are part of the same device, but it's possible to have them separated.

 

*EDIT* I are supremus!


Edited by AxelCloris - 4/19/14 at 6:38pm
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A DSP is a Digital Sound Processor

I always thought it meant digital signal processing as in, a DSP unit. I've also heard it referred to as digital signal processor, but always thought people were just abbreviating for convenience. Maybe I'm wrong (would make sense as I've had a few drinks).

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Always heard it as sound.
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Always heard it as sound.

Not arguing, just saying, that's what I always thought it meant.

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I wasn't arguing either, lol.

You could be right. Digital signal processing is a real term.

Digital sound processing may be something made up more recently. It's been used online, but dsp itself is actual more commonly know as signal processing.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 4/19/14 at 8:05pm
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I think the point is that the way I used it, it means it's processing the sound/signal from 5.1 into stereo with virtual surround.

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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

I wasn't arguing either, lol.

You could be right. Digital signal processing is a real term.

Digital sound processing may be something made up more recently. It's been used online, but dsp itself is actual more commonly know as signal processing.

Did I come off as being defensive? Didn't mean to :)

 

I think I read it somewhere. I retained the info but not where I learned it. I guess it's a necessity, otherwise I'd only be able to learn half as much and the other half of my knowledge would be where I learned that knowledge, lol.

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Thanks for the reply stillhart.
Which amp should I get? Im new to the scene. Whats dsp and dac?

DSP = Digital Signal Processor, something that processes the surround sound into a stereo mix for headphones that still sounds like it comes from surround directions.

DAC = Digital to Analogue Converter, takes turns digital 1's & 0's into the electric pulses that make headphones or speakers work. All digital systems (CD's, DVD's, games, mp3's, etc) require a DAC, nicer DACs resolve finer details and nuance.

Amp = Amplifier, drives analogue pulses to the appropriate strength and gain (volume) for headphones and speakers, also allows adjustment of volume. Nicer ones aren't primarily about "louder," they are for better control to represent tones more accurately.

Best place to ask about "which amp" would be in the support & review threads about the headphone you have/want. There have also been some good recommendations for amps on this page and the previous page of this thread.
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DSP = Digital Signal Processor, something that processes the surround sound into a stereo mix for headphones that still sounds like it comes from surround directions.

DAC = Digital to Analogue Converter, takes turns digital 1's & 0's into the electric pulses that make headphones or speakers work. All digital systems (CD's, DVD's, games, mp3's, etc) require a DAC, nicer DACs resolve finer details and nuance.

Amp = Amplifier, drives analogue pulses to the appropriate strength and gain (volume) for headphones and speakers, also allows adjustment of volume. Nicer ones aren't primarily about "louder," they are for better control to represent tones more accurately.

Best place to ask about "which amp" would be in the support & review threads about the headphone you have/want. There have also been some good recommendations for amps on this page and the previous page of this thread.

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A DSP is a...

*EDIT* I are supremus!
Derp, you beat me to it by a few hours (didn't refresh the page after my 15 min break, now I'm off work). I'm gonna leave my version up, cuz I like my wording better :P

And grats on supremacy! Now everyone's going to think a sound engineer like you is going to be reputable as me! ph34r.gif

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... Maybe I'm wrong (would make sense as I've had a few drinks).
You suspect it's wrong, but it feels so right! Join me as I grab a hard cider and game some CoD streamed from PS4, it'll be fun!

Just search twitch "PS4 for Head-Fi, with Evshrug", or just search "Evshrug," you'll see it.
Edited by Evshrug - 4/19/14 at 8:49pm
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Join me as I grab a hard cider and game some CoD streamed from PS4, it'll be fun!

Just search twitch "PS4 for Head-Fi, with Evshrug", or just search "Evshrug," you'll see it.

It's nearly 5 in the morning here and I've got a gig tonight...

 

What the hell, sounds like fun!

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And grats on supremacy! Now everyone's going to think a sound engineer like you is going to be reputable as me! ph34r.gif

 

Just because I have a degree in Audio Engineering doesn't mean I know as much/more about headphones as those who don't. :tongue_smile:

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Just because I have a degree in Audio Engineering doesn't mean I know as much/more about headphones as those who don't. :tongue_smile:


No, obviously it's the Supremus!  lol

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Just because I have a degree in Audio Engineering doesn't mean I know as much/more about headphones as those who don't. tongue_smile.gif
I'm still a fan, you're a great guy regardless of the fact that you happen to have a relevant qualification. Were you my mystery follower on the stream?


PS, taking a short break for snacks and water. Also, I'm a bit dizzy cuz I'm a lightweight.
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