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I just got Sennheiser HD598 + Xonar STX. I come from a Razer Megalodon 7.1.  I gotta say i'm in love with these 598s but i'm kind of dissapointed at the fact that i cannot get the surround sound work in the way i like it. With the megalodon  i was able to pinpoint with 100% accuracy every single direction and even floors above me or underneath me but with the surround sound from the Xonar STX i'm having a lot of trouble replicating the same results. If something is above me it just sounds like it's actually infront me, if something is too close behind me it also sounds like it's infront of me. Anything infront of my FOV is incredibly accurate but i'm still having those problems i just said. Has anyone ever used Megalodons ? is there any way to replicate the Megalodon's surround sound?. I've played around with all the settings in the Xonar drivers and i still have issues. Would really appreciate some help.

post #17207 of 25751
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It's not just the STX panel. You also have to go to the generic sound devices and make sure the STX is set to 7.1.
post #17208 of 25751

What headphones are the PC350 SE similar to?

post #17209 of 25751

The last days I looked for hours and hours on different sites and communities for a new headphone. Finally I found your thread and was like "ok this guy is awesome, this one is the thread I should have needed three days ago before starting my long reading sessions." Big props for your work, it's the best wrap up I could find in the whole web.

 

My final conclusion is: Philips Fidelio X1 or AKG Q 701.

I can get the Q 701 for about 225 $, the X1 will cost me about 260 $ or maybe 250 $.

 

Which one would you choose? I will use them for 50% gaming and 50% music. I'll listen to everything from rock, hiphop, house or jazz. Because I already have tinnitus, I don't need something that will explode my head because of the bass. The headphone should have a good positioning and be comfy too for the long gaming sessions.

 

So, X1 or Q 701? Sorry if this is already answered but my sister is just on holiday in New York and I can't read 1000+ sites in such a short time ;)

 

Edit: My soundcard will be a ASUS Xonar Essence STX.


Edited by funkdoc - 10/12/13 at 10:15am
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Btw, I just got an email from Aspyr that the Borderlands 2: GOTY edition was just released for Mac smily_headphones1.gif

 

If you pick it up I have a couple low level characters that can run with you. Or a level 72+ Siren if you just want things to die wherever you roam. But staying on topic, I really enjoy the sound design in the game. Positioning is decent and the recording quality is excellent.

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The last days I looked for hours and hours on different sites and communities for a new headphone. Finally I found your thread and was like "ok this guy is awesome, this one is the thread I should have needed three days ago before starting my long reading sessions." Big props for your work, it's the best wrap up I could find in the whole web.

 

My final conclusion is: Philips Fidelio X1 or AKG Q 701.

I can get the Q 701 for about 225 $, the X1 will cost me about 260 $ or maybe 250 $.

 

Which one would you choose? I will use them for 50% gaming and 50% music. I'll listen to everything from rock, hiphop, house or jazz. Because I already have tinnitus, I don't need something that will explode my head because of the bass. The headphone should have a good positioning and be comfy too for the long gaming sessions.

 

So, X1 or Q 701? Sorry if this is already answered but my sister is just on holiday in New York and I can't read 1000+ sites in such a short time ;)

 

Edit: My soundcard will be a ASUS Xonar Essence STX.

 

X1.

post #17212 of 25751
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It's not just the STX panel. You also have to go to the generic sound devices and make sure the STX is set to 7.1.


and how do i do that

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X1.

 

Any more opinions, maybe Mad Lust Envy himself who's heard both headphones :-)


Edited by funkdoc - 10/12/13 at 11:38am
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^X1
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^X1
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Any more opinions, maybe Mad Lust Envy himself who's heard both headphones :-)
I think Mad gave his view in his review. I have the Q701, I have not heard the X1, but I can tell you that the Q701 is a good and energetic headphone. It responds better and sounds less fatiguing with good amping; thankfully the Asus sound card you mentioned has pretty good amping and should be enough. The downside is that you'll probably end up wrapping or modding the headband for greater comfort. I've been using this headphone for over a year, I always loved games but music can now hold my attention for hours at a time, too, since I got these Q701. When I game in stereo with speakers these days, I feel handicapped compared to using the headphones.

The X1, according to Mad's review, has more bass and better comfort. The downsides are that the Earpads aren't user-replaceable. It also doesn't need amping as much as the Q701, but since you have the sound card anyway it won't be a big deal.

You'd probably be more than fine with either one. If I was you, I would just pick whichever one had the signature that sounded most appealing to me based on Mad's review, with the amping from your soundcard, either one would be a great value for your price budget.
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and how do i do that



As you can see, you right click on the speaker icon on the bottom right of the task bar, then click on playback devices, and then right click on the STX, and choose configure speakers. Set that to 7.1. You may also wanna make sure you right click again on the STX, hit properties, advanced, and change your default format to the highest bit and frequency, as if you haven't ever changed this, you've been using your STX at the standard resolution of 16bit/44.1 or 48khz.



This would've been nice to know when I first got the E17 ages ago, and left it at 16/48, when it was capable of 24/96...
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 10/12/13 at 11:31pm
post #17218 of 25751

I would say X1 and I still own both pair of headphones.

post #17219 of 25751
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Agreed. I prefer the X1's sound over basically everything I've owned with the exception of the Annies, D7000, and LCD2. It has a broader appeal in sound signature. The Q701 is more polarizing, lacks severely in comfort next to the X1 (due to the Q's horrible bumps), and needs a very good amp to make them as good as they are. The X1 sounds great off practically anything.

The good thing about the Q701 is that you can buy some memory foam pads later on, and make them basically Annies... but then you still have to contend with the bumps of doom. Unless you feel comfortable in swapping the headband out with one off the K601/612/Annie/K712 (as well as paying for it), this isn't exactly easy.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 10/12/13 at 11:40pm
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As you can see, you right click on the speaker icon on the bottom right of the task bar, then click on playback devices, and then right click on the STX, and choose configure speakers. Set that to 7.1. You may also wanna make sure you right click again on the STX, hit properties, advanced, and change your default format to the highest bit and frequency, as if you haven't ever changed this, you've been using your STX at the standard resolution of 16bit/44.1 or 48khz.



This would've been nice to know when I first got the E17 ages ago, and left it at 16/48, when it was capable of 24/96...


Ok i already did that through there but but all that does is just change the settings to what i already change in the xonar drivers. http://puu.sh/4OPQM.png

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