This guide is truly wonderful. It first lead me to the sens hd598 and recently to the k702 annies. Both are fantastic.
I have a question, is it possible to remove the hiss from mixamps? I used to be only a pc gamer, but since I started console gaming with some friends, I picked up a mixamp. But I have been pretty let down with its performance compared to my pc setup.
What I was thinking, maybe using the mixamp as a preamp might remove the hiss? But before I spend the money I wanted to see if anybody has experience with that setup.
No, adding another amp won't remove the hiss, because it's embedded into the signal, and it's not by volume. You can for example, set the Mixamp to 50%, then adjust to your desired volume level with the external amp, and you'll have the same hiss as if you had the Mixamp at 100%, and lowered the volume on the external amp. Tried this various times, with diferent amps, and different Mixamps. The hiss would still remain the same once I got to my desired volume level, regardless of which amp was doing the most work.
The only reason you may have to lower the Mixamp is if you get clipping at 100%. On my new Mixamp, I have to have it set at around 70%, because it sounds like a mess if I go higher. I didn't have that problem with my older wired Mixamps.
You could try and find a first gen Mixamp which had the least amount of hiss out of all the Mixamps, but not USB function (other than to power the device). That means no voice chat off the PS3. The second gen (Mixamp Pro aka 2011 model) has slightly more hiss, but is still pretty quiet. The 5.8 and 2013 Mixamps are the ones with the most hiss.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 10/14/13 at 12:58pm