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Originally Posted by Zaruk View Post

Any recommendations?


If you are using a computer for gaming, then you can get a usb sound card like the Xonar U3. You may already have a sound card with virtual surround sound, though.

 

edit: or maybe the "Creative Soundblaster X-Fi Go! Pro"?


Edited by daleb - 5/18/13 at 10:33am
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I typically game on the PC nowadays, and the X12 works on PC as well, but it will become my Xbox 360 set once the  SR850 and Modmic arrive. What meant was if you guys new of any decent sound cards/DACs/Amps that work well for a PC...

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Originally Posted by Zaruk View Post

I typically game on the PC nowadays, and the X12 works on PC as well, but it will become my Xbox 360 set once the  SR850 and Modmic arrive. What meant was if you guys new of any decent sound cards/DACs/Amps that work well for a PC...


How about the Xonar DG? Its really cheap for a sound card.

post #13624 of 26217
The Asus Xonar range is one of the best soundcard/amp/DAC ranges out there for PC gaming.
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Yeah... The thing is, my PC doesn't have any --
-- shaped slots in it. What's a good budget USB Amp or something like that... (all my PC has is a
-- and a
-- -- shaped one. I know this is a weird way of showing off ports, but... Yeah....)
post #13626 of 26217

I...What? I didn't get that at all! the Xonar U3 is a usb sound card with virtual surround sound.
 

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Oh, sorry. I was looking at the DG...
post #13628 of 26217
Literal facepalm...
post #13629 of 26217

I just didnt get what you meant by the "shapes" thing...

Maybe a PCI-E would fit?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829132052
 

Edit: You don't NEED virtual surround at the beginning, you can get one of these later if need be.

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No, it's some weird port.... The motherboard is old as anything and I should be getting a new PC soon...
post #13631 of 26217
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Originally Posted by Zaruk View Post

No, it's some weird port.... The motherboard is old as anything and I should be getting a new PC soon...


Oh, its probably an AGP connector then. I had one of those way back when.

 

Edit: Could it also possibly be a PCI-X?


Edited by daleb - 5/18/13 at 2:43pm
post #13632 of 26217
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Originally Posted by Zaruk View Post

Any recommendations?
The Turtle Beach DSS is really cheap on eBay, and if your computer can output Dolby Digital Live from an optical output, you can get surround on PC too (it's mainly intended to use with game consoles). The PC-only cheap option is a Xonar U3 by Asus. It's easier to have a do-all Surround Processor for everything if you get a Creative Recon3D USB, I used to have one and liked it a lot, hooked up to my Mac via USB (included native drivers and settings control software) and hooked up to my Xbox 360 via the optical. Head-Fi member NamelessPFG is selling his for ~$60.

Any of the above will pair fine with the Samson's, but if later on you get a hard to drive headphone upgrade, you'll probably also need to double-amp with a separate amp. IMO, cross that bridge when/if you get there, though I've found the Recon3D USB and the DSS to be relatively suitable for double-amping.
post #13633 of 26217
No, that's not it...
After further research, the two ones not being used by my graphics card are a PCI and an unknown one...
post #13634 of 26217
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if your computer can output Dolby Digital Live from an optical output, you can get surround on PC too
How do I find out if it can?
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On another note, my Koss KCS75 Pulse Clips arrived today.

I am seriously impressed for the $9.99 sale price.

Not as rich as the Q701, and the separation between instruments and notes isn't as distinct, but the little Koss is an amazing deal with basically no unpleasant qualities. I didn't compare them side-by-side A/B, but I don't feel dissatisfied after being brain-attuned to the Q701 for a fairly long time. First thing I noticed was it has pretty great impact, listening to Wilco's "Whole Love" you really get a sense of strings being hit and the acoustic guitar pushing sound at you, you feel how hard the musician is playing. Good cans to rock to. I also plugged them into the relatively crappy (re: noisy) aux out of my computer speakers while playing Starcraft II today (I reached #1 in my division today, first time ever Whooray!); the background noise didn't bother me, and what I DID hear was much "fuller" and... more... intense and involving, making my old $80 Sony computer speakers sound laid-back and thin by comparison. Bass presence was much better. Overall if the mid-bass is boosted then the mids are "neutral" ish and the low-trebles slightly lifted. Maybe a little bright, and the sub-bass extension is pretty weak, but songs don't usually try to produce those atmospheric low low notes at the extremes of our hearing range.

The only thing I would say against it, is perhaps the Koss' somewhat forward sound isn't as relaxing and may be tiring to listen to music with for a longer duration (probably done after an album's worth). That said, I played music and games with them for 3.5 hours today, maybe I got used to it but the Koss never seemed harsh or painful. Physically, the clips didn't bother me even though I was also wearing glasses, the way they rotated behind my ear didn't interact much with my glasses stems, and they didn't hurt (though taking them off was kind of like the relief I feel after taking off socks from my feet).

The biggest come-away is how worthy these sound, even fun. Their price begs the question: if you're enjoying yourself and having fun, why pay more? There are reasons, but still I think EVERYONE ought to own one, even if it's just to reference if an upgrade is worth the money.
Edited by Evshrug - 5/18/13 at 4:39pm
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