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Past few days have been a trip trying to figure out what audio solution I want for my gaming rig in January. The headphones/headset I choose are pretty much exclusively for gaming as I could care less about my music.

 

Choices are pretty much get AKG Q701's and figure out what amp/dac or sound card to get (This part is throwing me for a loop, so many opinions on what sounds better, having an amp that can drive it properly, etc)

 

Or


Cut out all the hassle and get the Sennheiser PC 363D's and just put up with a headset.

 

Who knew audio could be so complicated.

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If it's just for gaming, the Q701 is overkill, really. You need a pretty strong amp for them, and if it's just for gaming, it's just so unnecessary to get them. I'd get something like the HD558/598/PC360 instead. If you want more immersion, the Q701 isn't going to be much better than those either. Positional accuracy and soundstage between them is more or less same-y. You're looking at refinement with the Q701, not necessarily a better gaming performer. If you already own a strong amp for other uses, then the Q701 is golden, but if not, it's not logical to get it. the Q701 is one of those rare headphones that improve with more money you throw at them. So if you half ass it, you'll effectively just overspend for a product you're not taking full advantage of.

I'd suggest the MA900, but right now, they're going for quite a high price.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 12/24/13 at 9:18pm
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

If it's just for gaming, the Q701 is overkill, really. You need a pretty strong amp for them, and if it's just for gaming, it's just so unnecessary to get them. I'd get something like the HD558/598/PC360 instead. If you want more immersion, the Q701 isn't going to be much better than those either. Positional accuracy and soundstage between them is more or less same-y. You're looking at refinement with the Q701, not necessarily a better gaming performer. If you already own a strong amp for other uses, then the Q701 is golden, but if not, it's not logical to get it.

I'd suggest the MA900, but right now, they're going for quite a high price.

 

Ya this audio set up will be from scratch, I haven't owned a sound card since....2002. Was just overwhelmed with the fact that I would have to get the Q701's and an Amp/DAC just for gaming. Looks like I may settle on the headset options then!

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Anime music tends to dwell on the bright side. The DT990 is extremely bright, so music like that will be quite grating to the ears. I'd suggest the Fidelio X1, if you can score one for a good price. The 990 pro is a great headphone, but the treble is a definite problem.

Thanks for the info but I'd be primarily using it for gaming and would it really be that bad since for now I've mostly been using the ath m50 for music and if not the dt 990 are $150 is there anything as good you know of around the same price
Also I forgot to mention since I'm using the hd 598 for gaming right now is the dt 990 a lot better since I'm not into competitive gaming
Edited by xela3 - 12/24/13 at 9:33pm
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http://www.amazon.com/Neewer-3-5mm-Hands-Computer-Microphone/dp/B005DJOIHE/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1387906093&sr=8-2&keywords=clip+on+mic

This mic seems to be like the Dealextreme clip-on mic, without having to wait 10 years for it to arrive at your house (as long as you buy it from one of the American listings). Not sure on the quality, but it's worth a shot. The DX clip on will take like a month (trust me). I bought two of them on two separate occasions, and it took forever.

This is the lapel mic I bought a year ago, told you guys about it. Sounded better than my old platronics headset I had for my Xbox (which in turn sounded better than the official chat headset), so I bought a 3 pack and have been slowly giving them out.

Buy with confidence.
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Cool, so no need for the DX clip on then, unless you like waiting, lol. It's cool that they sell these in packs.
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Originally Posted by Coppermonkey View Post

Past few days have been a trip trying to figure out what audio solution I want for my gaming rig in January. The headphones/headset I choose are pretty much exclusively for gaming as I could care less about my music.

 

Choices are pretty much get AKG Q701's and figure out what amp/dac or sound card to get (This part is throwing me for a loop, so many opinions on what sounds better, having an amp that can drive it properly, etc)

 

Or


Cut out all the hassle and get the Sennheiser PC 363D's and just put up with a headset.

 

Who knew audio could be so complicated.

 

First off, you've gotta budget for a sound card with virtual surround, at the very least. All of the recommendations here and elsewhere hinge on that.

 

Second, if this is a gaming-only set, then you can probably get by with something $150 or less and be perfectly happy, since the main reason this guide exists is that we want a "do-it-all" headphone that works well with both games and music.

 

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If it's just for gaming, the Q701 is overkill, really. You need a pretty strong amp for them, and if it's just for gaming, it's just so unnecessary to get them. I'd get something like the HD558/598/PC360 instead. If you want more immersion, the Q701 isn't going to be much better than those either. Positional accuracy and soundstage between them is more or less same-y. You're looking at refinement with the Q701, not necessarily a better gaming performer. If you already own a strong amp for other uses, then the Q701 is golden, but if not, it's not logical to get it. the Q701 is one of those rare headphones that improve with more money you throw at them. So if you half ass it, you'll effectively just overspend for a product you're not taking full advantage of.

I'd suggest the MA900, but right now, they're going for quite a high price.

 

And to think I was envious of whoever bought them here for $110 shipped after getting mine for $150 shipped...then again, I tend to price Stax Lambdas in the $220-320 range with transformer box, and speaker amps to drive said transformer boxes are pretty common. Then there's that whole "MMX 300 for $142" score I just had...

 

My notions of headphone value and pricing must be really, really skewed by this point.

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Nice to see someone else who likes kpop, can't wait to hook up SoundBlaster Omni and G4ME ZERO tomorrow, will try to burn in and put it through its paces. It better make my kpop sound damn good, and games.

Let me know how that headset is man, I've been looking at getting a decent headset. Oh and Merry Christmas!

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Mad lust is the dt990 still a lot better then the hd 598 for immersive gaming or something else around $150
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Yes. Just be prepared for quite a bit more treble, and less, thinner mids.
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Yes. Just be prepared for quite a bit more treble, and less, thinner mids.
Alright thanks I'll get it I can deal with the treble I mean it can't be that bad if anything I'll eq it but also what's a cheap amp you recommend for it
I forgot to ask if there's a huge difference between the premium and pro
Edited by xela3 - 12/25/13 at 10:30am
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Cheapest would be something like the E9k/E12. It can get loud off less power, but seriously, if you're gonna use the 990 Pro as a main headphone, don't skimp out on powering them properly.
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Let me know how that headset is man, I've been looking at getting a decent headset. Oh and Merry Christmas!


Merry Christmas Everyone!!!! Well for one the thing is insanely comfortable, more so than my G35 by a fair margin. Quality is solid, wish it was black but it's going to be on my head anyways :P

Downloading the SoundBlaster Omni software now.

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Cheapest would be something like the E9k/E12. It can get loud off less power, but seriously, if you're gonna use the 990 Pro as a main headphone, don't skimp out on powering them properly.
What do you suggest then since up till now I've been using 2013 astro a40 for consoles, hd 598 for pc gaming and ath m50s for on the go so I don't have any amps cept the mixamp
Also is it worth getting the premiums over the pros for the extra money
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Merry Christmas Everyone!!!! Well for one the thing is insanely comfortable, more so than my G35 by a fair margin. Quality is solid, wish it was black but it's going to be on my head anyways :P

Downloading the SoundBlaster Omni software now.

Do you have another headphone/set to compare the zero with? sound wise.

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