So I've read about everything on the PC 363D on this thread and on the Web but I'm still confused about what I should do.
I have a Rampage IV Formula motherboard and after some reading, it seems like the built-in SupremeFX III audio chip on that motherboard is complete garbage (or REALLY similar to a normal Realtek onboard chip, plus the EMI insulation).
With that said, I'm used to really cheap gaming headsets marketing towards gamers, like the Corsair Vengence 1500 and the Plantronics Gamecom 780. I know that all of these are actually bad overall, but they do offer some kind of 5.1 virtual emulation via their integrated USB soundcard and I have to say that it definitely makes a difference when watching movies. I have to also consider that I'm not an audiophile at all and that I use my computer mainly for gaming, YouTube, a little bit of music and some movies (that I usually end up watching on my computers where I have a good pair of headphones, not a headset).
With all that said, I'm looking for a good headset for my computer, something that would give me some better positional audio since I'm mostly playing FPS. The only real good headset according to the front page reviews is the Sennheiser PC 360. Now, the 363D is the same but with an addin USB chip.
I would like to know more about that USB soundcard. I do have kind of a better soundcard with my ROG motherboard, although audiophiles will say it's garbage anyway. I'm not an audiophile. I just want good positional audio. Is the included soundcard with the 363D good? Is it worth it? I don't see any website carrying the 360 anymore, but they do have the G4ME One and G4ME Zero that don't come with any USB soundcard for the same price (around 200$ CAD, it's Black Friday right now).
For my needs, do I really need to spend 50$+ on a dedicated soundcard with a motherboard that is supposed to come with already better than the usual integrated chips? Will it really make a noticeable difference for me?
Switching from a cheap headset like the Corsair Vengence 1500 to the 363D with the built-in USB soundcard: will I notice the difference? Would you say that the difference will be as big if I then switch to a dedicated audio card or external amp?
The dongle that comes with the pc363d sounds like the astro mix amp..it gives the headset dolby headphone surround, it doesn't need any external power it uses the usb for power..it's a no brainer!