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Originally Posted by Evshrug View Post

What if it was breathable foam layer on top of a gel layer, all wrapped in velour?

hahaha sounds nice, but doesn't sound very affordable! 

 

i know there must be SOMEONE on here with gel earpads on a pair of Beryerdynamic headphones, who has some insight on how their feel!

 

Honestly, if they could make the velour on the mmx300's as soft as the astro a40 pads, I would be veryy happy.


Edited by tmaxx123 - 1/27/13 at 6:37pm
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Aw, you all are one big happy family :) Notice anything btw? lol

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There is clamping on the mandible by the annies but it is not uncomfortable at all. High bone density FTW.

Evs, think about the old "if a tree falls down and no one its around to hear it" riddle. It will make a sound... except no one will hear it if they are not within a certain distance. It's the same for games.

I guess I just answered my own questions. Still, part of me would like to try it someday. I want to know where that point of diminishing returns lies as far as quality/soundstage. Plus, according to that massive guide by DavidMahler, the HD800 are truly neutral so it would be the perfect (if expensive) test.
Edited by Roger de Ceiba - 1/27/13 at 7:54pm
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Should we have noticed anything soa?

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Something in his sig maybe? Mobile interface doesn't show them so I dunno...
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I was on desktop but idk. But I love and hate this thread so much! It's the reason I got my hd558s which I love but I already want to spend the money on Annie's! Lol damn head'fi. I say instead of making our wallets lighter, we are stimulating the economy! It makes me feel better. And speaking of spending money, what is a good budget Dolby receiver for headphones?
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Hi Guys,

 

I live in a college dorm and need some advice on which headphones to buy for late night gaming.

Read the entire list of reviews and still can't make up my mind; I have some very specific requirements for this pair of headphones.

Let me share my background to give you an idea of what i'm looking for.

 

The main difference in my purpose is that I'm a PC gamer and thus, don't need a mixamp to decode DTS signals.

I am an avid gamer and audiophile, I enjoy one as much as the other

 

I primarily play Battlefield 3 and Natural Selection along with the occasional Space title that usually comes with an epic soundtrack (Endless Space). I believe, like the rest of the posters here, that clear, directional sound gives you an edge in whooping ass.

Music-wise, I listen to a large variety from House to Classic Rock to Korean Pop.

I was huge into the in-ear/headphones scene back in 2006-7 and eventually graduated to speakers, and am now utterly lost moving back into headphones. I currently use UE10Pros with an iBasso DX100 for my portable rig.

Back home (in Singapore), I used to run a very decent pure-audio rig with a Meitner MA-1 -> Mimetism Integrated 15.2 -> Focal Diablo Utopias.

I had to sell the setup to fund my college education *sadface*, also, space constraints and drunk college students prevent me from building a rig of those proportions.

With that in mind, you could say that I like my music signature to be neutral, with a touch of warmth and a little hot on the treble.

 

I'm looking for headphones and/or DAC/Soundcard which are:

1. Combined cost of below $400; buying used would be great

2. I'd like my computer rig to be in the ITX form factor and thus, won't have space for a decent soundcard, all I will have is the Realtek ALC892 Integrated chipset. If you guys feel strongly about getting a decent soundcard instead of a DAC/Amp combo, I am willing to move to an ATX motherboard so I can add that in

3. Able to wear comfortably for long hours

 

Also, if you have advice on a decent pair of PC speakers equally adept at gaming and music, please share it.

I'm looking at the (in ascending order of price), Logitech z623, Klipsch ProMedia 2.1, Corsair SP2500 and Swan m50w (which are out of stock everywhere).

 

Thanks for reading this long post and thank you for your advice in advance.

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Question - Using my PS3 as source mainly, for competitive gaming - I've decided to go for AKG Q701 and DX Mini clip-on with Astro Mixamp 2013. My question is, will this all work out with the ps3 without requiring anything else? Will the Mixamp have enough power to drive the Q701 and the DX voice boom?

 

Thanks. Great OP btw. I have only been using gaming with Tritton AX720's since 3 years now, so this thread opened my eyes.

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Well, yes, my sig did change. I scrapped the guide idea, as I don't really have the time for it. The biggest thing is the least posts per page that I've had lately. I've attained balance :D

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So bragging in 2 post about posting less??? Lol
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Originally Posted by chewynuts View Post

I live in a college dorm and need some advice on which headphones to buy for late night gaming.

Read the entire list of reviews and still can't make up my mind; I have some very specific requirements for this pair of headphones.

Let me share my background to give you an idea of what i'm looking for.

The main difference in my purpose is that I'm a PC gamer and thus, don't need a mixamp to decode DTS signals.

I am an avid gamer and audiophile, I enjoy one as much as the other

I primarily play Battlefield 3 and Natural Selection along with the occasional Space title that usually comes with an epic soundtrack (Endless Space). I believe, like the rest of the posters here, that clear, directional sound gives you an edge in whooping ass.

Music-wise, I listen to a large variety from House to Classic Rock to Korean Pop.

I was huge into the in-ear/headphones scene back in 2006-7 and eventually graduated to speakers, and am now utterly lost moving back into headphones. I currently use UE10Pros with an iBasso DX100 for my portable rig.

Back home (in Singapore), I used to run a very decent pure-audio rig with a Meitner MA-1 -> Mimetism Integrated 15.2 -> Focal Diablo Utopias.

I had to sell the setup to fund my college education *sadface*, also, space constraints and drunk college students prevent me from building a rig of those proportions.

With that in mind, you could say that I like my music signature to be neutral, with a touch of warmth and a little hot on the treble.

I'm looking for headphones and/or DAC/Soundcard which are:

1. Combined cost of below $400; buying used would be great

2. I'd like my computer rig to be in the ITX form factor and thus, won't have space for a decent soundcard, all I will have is the Realtek ALC892 Integrated chipset. If you guys feel strongly about getting a decent soundcard instead of a DAC/Amp combo, I am willing to move to an ATX motherboard so I can add that in

3. Able to wear comfortably for long hours

Also, if you have advice on a decent pair of PC speakers equally adept at gaming and music, please share it.

I'm looking at the (in ascending order of price), Logitech z623, Klipsch ProMedia 2.1, Corsair SP2500 and Swan m50w (which are out of stock everywhere).

Please get the ATX, to get a internal sound card.

Sound Blaster Zx sound card.

Beyerdynamic DT880 Pro 250-Ohm headphones.

 

You can usually find some used Klipsch Promedia 2.1 for under $100, there are better 2.1s, but cost a lot more then used ProMedia 2.1.

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Originally Posted by Johnsonr520 View Post

So bragging in 2 post about posting less??? Lol


-.- Hush sir, lol. You should really just go back to see what I'm talking about. Go back like, who knows when I got in here, SEVERAL pages. You'll see, haha.

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Oh don't worry we all remember

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Originally Posted by Johnsonr520 View Post

I was on desktop but idk. But I love and hate this thread so much! It's the reason I got my hd558s which I love but I already want to spend the money on Annie's! Lol damn head'fi. I say instead of making our wallets lighter, we are stimulating the economy! It makes me feel better. And speaking of spending money, what is a good budget Dolby receiver for headphones?

You're not alone in that feeling, clearly... tongue.gif Before last year I had never spent more than $50 on a pair of headphones, although I had some decent bang-for-buck bargain stuff (and had a pair of HD555 on loan for a while, probably a mistake!).

Spent the year researching and upgrading my IEM, portables, and home headphones with the purpose of "being done with it" for a while... But now I just keep coming back looking for something else to try. biggrin.gif Mainly with regards to my home headphones since that's where I've experimented or sampled the least, PITA living where I do.

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Originally Posted by chewynuts View Post

I'm looking for headphones and/or DAC/Soundcard which are:
1. Combined cost of below $400; buying used would be great
2. I'd like my computer rig to be in the ITX form factor and thus, won't have space for a decent soundcard, all I will have is the Realtek ALC892 Integrated chipset. If you guys feel strongly about getting a decent soundcard instead of a DAC/Amp combo, I am willing to move to an ATX motherboard so I can add that in
3. Able to wear comfortably for long hours

Also, if you have advice on a decent pair of PC speakers equally adept at gaming and music, please share it.
I'm looking at the (in ascending order of price), Logitech z623, Klipsch ProMedia 2.1, Corsair SP2500 and Swan m50w (which are out of stock everywhere).

Nameless' thread might be the better place for this discussion, tho neither thread is really about speakers... I will say this tho, as someone who went thru three or four pairs of computer speakers when I was in high school/college, you're probably gonna be disappointed by any of those; specially coming from the setups you do.

The Swan are easily the best, and priciest obviously (and Swan stuff comes in and out of stock randomly like that), but if I were you I'd just assemble something together with a small desk t-amp (decent Toppings are like $50-100) and some passive bookshelves, maybe add a sub later if you crave more bass.

It's just a more flexible way to build up or upgrade IMO... If the amp blows, just replace it, etc. Though there's some decent and compact powered monitors out there if space is a big concern. The Samsons in my profile (or the MediaOne line) are pretty underrated, they're a much better value than something like the Audioengine A2 and not much larger (the A2 are nice for the size but rather overpriced IMO).

Passives + a tiny amp are still the better value tho... I'd just ignore most PC speakers tbh, you can always pair powered monitors of any size with a sub too, tho depending on the source or sub input/outputs it might not be as ideal.

As far as the DAC, the primary reason to opt for a sound card on a PC over an external DAC is virtual surround processing for headphones (i.e. Dolby Headphone or CMSS-3D). If you want that you'll want at least a low end Xonar ($50) and then you can use whatever amp etc. The STX is a good value if you want a decent amp as part of the package tho...

If you don't care for any kind of surround processing you can get whatever DAC... Either way I think you'll definitely want to upgrade from on-board sound, but the DAC/amp shouldn't gobble up your budget IMO. ASUS had a low profile Xonar aimed at HTPCs at one point but I know little about it.
Edited by Impulse - 1/28/13 at 3:39am
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post

Please get the ATX, to get a internal sound card.
Sound Blaster Zx sound card.
Beyerdynamic DT880 Pro 250-Ohm headphones.

You can usually find some used Klipsch Promedia 2.1 for under $100, there are better 2.1s, but cost a lot more then used ProMedia 2.1.

I agree, unless space is just that much of an overriding concern you're just gonna have an easier time in general with an ATX case... Less sweating over fitting everything in and easier to score a better value. There's some pretty small mid towers out there, you don't have to get a 20lb monster.

I'm partial to the DT 880 myself obviously but you'll want a decent amp for it... Been reading good things about the Zx, tho I've no clue how it's virtual surround stacks up against older cards.

The Promedias are a waste of $100 unless you just want a rafter shaking one note sub tho, I'm usually not that blunt or crass but I just don't think they're worth $100. No sub at that price point's gonna be spectacular anyway, but much less a sub that's forced to make up for underpowered/undersized satellites.

I'd sooner recommend blowing the entire budget on source/amp/headphones than waste any money on the Promedias (or most PC speakers, and there's far worse sadly), but that's just me.

If you guys think the headset market in general is vastly undeserved and not generally a good value proposition, you should take that and multiply it by a thousand, that's what the PC speaker market represents (even compared to the lowest budget bookshelf speakers).
Edited by Impulse - 1/27/13 at 10:39pm
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