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I don't need it to blow my mind. I need it to be at least decent. What I heard from my A30s wasn't even mediocre. It was BAD. It's been a good while since I've heard a BAD headphone, and it doesn't line up with the impressions I've seen online, stating that some prefer the A30s to the A40s, sonically. The A30 I had sounded like some horrible knock off. The frequency response was quite inconsistent between the drivers. One had zero bass. The sound overall was incredibly thin as well. Seriously, AM radio type quality. I don't believe Astro purposely sold this A30, and I expect a good improvement with my fixed/replaced A30.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 2/26/14 at 11:27pm
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Thank you for this Mad Lust.  This is a minefield for relative newbies such as myself.  I nearly just gave up and settled for some A50's because it was easy but glad I didn't.  I definitely want Dolby Headphones so will be getting a Mixamp, it's a toss up between DT990 (250 ohm) and Fidelio X1.  My current reservations are, DT990:  reports of harsh treble and listening fatigue, wouldn't get the best out of them with the mixamp and I do not know if it's possible to have Dolby through the mixamp which is somehow connected to a DAC/AMP like the Mav Audio Tubemagic which I would import.  the plus side is the phones are about £118 comapred to £180 for the Fidelio BUT would require the extra AMP/DAC purchase thus negating this bonus.

The Fidelio seem to be held in high regard, I belive would be fine through the Mixamp as they are 50 ohm (may be wrong here) and thus would't really require the extra DAC/AMP purchase, Despite costing £60 more this would actually work out cheaper as no extra equipment needed.

I rarely listen to music through headphones and this will be purely for my PS4 gaming, not movies.

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I suggest the X1. Really.
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I was kind of hoping you'd say that!  Looking into it, I didn't realise there was standalone Dolby Surround processors like the Turtle Beach Earforce wotsit, thing is, it's only £30 less than the Astro  which will also amplify me, even if it's not the ideal amount but I'm sure I'll be happy.  Plus it's all in one so less wires.

Only previous equipment I've had was AT M50S and an E17 Fiio amp, found the headphones too uncomfortable though and my ears got hot.  Will keep an eye on the X1 as the price keeps fluctuating but I'll report back when I've got it all.

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Is x1 naticable upgrade over astro a40.....mainly soundstage and directional cues
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Is x1 naticable upgrade over astro a40.....mainly soundstage and directional cues

 

The X1 is the best in its own price range as well, no chance for the A40 at all. 

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Ple

Please leave your feedback when you have your opinion done about it smily_headphones1.gif

Played last night BF4/PS4 and watch a movie.

A M A Z I N G !


All MLE said is true.

Bass is on my point and engagement, for gaming I don't want lower or higher, punch is strong when it's called, great mids and fantastic soundstage.


Playing BF4 engage another level.


Very pleasured and surprised with this set.


Zalman mic is mehr, I'm waiting modmic V4 mute.
Edited by pack21 - 2/27/14 at 7:34am
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So, I have read here and elsewhere that if you run a mic with the mixamp then you may have trouble driving the headphones properly without an amp. 

 

Is this only for harder to drive cans or does this apply to the HD 598 and the X1's as well as those are the two I will be playing around with.

post #21324 of 26081
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Originally Posted by Gobhal View Post
 

So, I have read here and elsewhere that if you run a mic with the mixamp then you may have trouble driving the headphones properly without an amp. 

 

Is this only for harder to drive cans or does this apply to the HD 598 and the X1's as well as those are the two I will be playing around with.

My X1 with the BoomPro mic sounds great when connected to my Astro wireless mixamp.

post #21325 of 26081
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Originally Posted by Gobhal View Post
 

So, I have read here and elsewhere that if you run a mic with the mixamp then you may have trouble driving the headphones properly without an amp. 

 

Is this only for harder to drive cans or does this apply to the HD 598 and the X1's as well as those are the two I will be playing around with.

 

 

Mainly harder to drive headphones.  The X1 and HD598 will be fine in terms of volume.

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Well, since MS announced that they're not going to have virtual surround through the controller in the Titanfall patch, I'm considering running a long cable across the room to my AVR for DH.  Should I be worried about sound degradation if I get a 15' extension cable from Monoprice?

 

This will be used to run my (incoming) X1's through my HK AVR340.  Alternatively, I was thinking about grabbing a wireless Mixamp, but I strongly suspect the wireless will degrade sound quality more than a long cable.  Also it's like $100 more.

 

On a side note, if this works out well, I may buy a Q701 to see how it compares to the X1.  Since I'll be running it through my AVR, the Q's need amplification shouldn't be a problem.  I'd then sell off the one I like less.

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Thanks for the replies guys. Mostly used these on a PC gaming rig but since I got a PS4 decided to get a mixamp pro :) So far so good, boompro is coming today :P

 

Now to sort out an amp/dac for music and movies since my xonar died and the x-fi I have been using sounds pretty bad. Any suggestions? Was looking at the magni/modi setup. Any suggestions for something cheaper? Been spending enough lately and girlfriend may stab me soon :D

post #21328 of 26081

X1 $232.26 from amazon right now :)

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I currently have DT990 Pro's 250ohm and I'm looking to get another headset that's easier to drive and sounds just as good or better. What would you all recommend?

I don't like being tethered to an amp all the time if you know what I mean.
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Good news for Xbox One users. Dolby Digital 5.1 over Optical is being added in the upcoming March system update. So us headset users with Mixamps can finally get the proper DD 5.1 signal.

Anyone get invited to preview the March update?

Odd, I've used a series 7 control unit and it works for me.........

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