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post #24061 of 24754
I asked MLE if Dan was going to send those in for review, eventually. Still on that hiatus, homie?

I've read it has a soundstage size in between the AD and MD, with the most bass presence of the three.
Edited by Change is Good - 6/10/14 at 9:01pm
post #24062 of 24754
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I have the Xonar DG and it has an option for dolby surround sound, it has a built in amp for headphones up to say 100ohms.

 

 

Sonny just before ordering saw that DG is a PCI card, dont have a PCI slot, have only PCIe. So the DGX which I read is equivalent to DG will really be the same? Should I go ahead and order the DGX?

 

Sonny, thanks for all your replies, I am now either buying 558 or may pick a used 598 from a friend who is thinking of selling them. It will cost the same to me, used 598 = new 558. I guess thats ok deal?

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Sound leakage is a pretty minor thing, even on my Q701's.  I mean, my wife can hear that there's sound coming out, but at sane volumes, it's just a little background noise.  It's not even close to the same as, for example, listening through speakers set as low as possible (while still being able to hear it).  I wouldn't worry about it unless you plan on e.g. listening in bed at night.  For desktop gaming, shouldn't be an issue.

 

SBZ has a decent DAC and Amp built-in, so you'll get adequate volume from any of the "needs an amp" headphones.  Something like the Q701 sounds even better with an amp, but you won't need it simply for volume levels, like you would with a Mixamp.

 

SBZ also comes with a pretty decent desktop mic, so I wouldn't worry about boompro compatibility or anything like that.

 

So yeah, there are plenty of options under $200 that will sound great for your purposes.  I agree with Change that the SoundMAGIC ones might work for you (I recommend grabbing a cheap refurb off AWD).  HD598, Fidelio X1 (used), K612, Q701, etc etc.  Seriously, pretty much anything that looks good in the guide will probably work for you.



Crossed my fingers and bought some Fidelio X1 headphones, wish me luck!  (it was on amazon listed as "like new")

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Crossed my fingers and bought some Fidelio X1 headphones, wish me luck!  (it was on amazon listed as "like new")
Sweet, can't go wrong with the X1 IMO. They're a great all-arounder and really fun. If you find the bass to be too loose, an amp helps.
post #24065 of 24754

Question for you guys related to the XBOX One ... In the PS3/PS4 you can watch blu-ray movies with Dolby Headphone by switching to "bitstream mix" is there a similar option on the XBOX One that enables the same thing? 

 

Insight appreciated on the matter as Im trying to decide which system to get and this might just be the deciding factor as I watch a lot of late night movies hooked up to headphones... 

post #24066 of 24754

PS3/4 can do that?

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PS3/4 can do that?

Yeah for blu-rays that are DTS only you can get Dolby Digital signals by selecting "bitstream mix" in the menu on the PS3/PS4. Im wondering if there is a similar option on the XBOX One...

post #24068 of 24754
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Sweet, can't go wrong with the X1 IMO. They're a great all-arounder and really fun. If you find the bass to be too loose, an amp helps.

I am going to order the monoprice "mobile audio" 3.5mm cable for the headphones. The price is right.
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Sonny just before ordering saw that DG is a PCI card, dont have a PCI slot, have only PCIe. So the DGX which I read is equivalent to DG will really be the same? Should I go ahead and order the DGX?

 

Sonny, thanks for all your replies, I am now either buying 558 or may pick a used 598 from a friend who is thinking of selling them. It will cost the same to me, used 598 = new 558. I guess thats ok deal?

 

if you can get a HD 598 for the same price as a HD 558 then it's a no brainer, buy a used one and you can either clean the pads or replace them.

 

As for the sound card if it's for gaming only you can even use Asus U3 which is USB, it doesn't sound as good as the DG or DGX but it is good enough.

 

If you want to play high fidelity music as well these sound cards are good for the money, but in future you may want to upgrade to a DAC/AMP. For gaming though a cheap asus sound card with built in headphone amp is all you need.

 

I would also use the "unified drivers" from here

 

http://maxedtech.com/asus-xonar-unified-drivers/

 

the official drivers are rubbish

post #24070 of 24754

Hey huys, have You seen Astro's E3 presentation. They've announced A50 usb wireless transmitter for about 40$. It has the same functionality as the existing one but it's usb only and cheaper.

post #24071 of 24754
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if you can get a HD 598 for the same price as a HD 558 then it's a no brainer, buy a used one and you can either clean the pads or replace them.

As for the sound card if it's for gaming only you can even use Asus U3 which is USB, it doesn't sound as good as the DG or DGX but it is good enough.

If you want to play high fidelity music as well these sound cards are good for the money, but in future you may want to upgrade to a DAC/AMP. For gaming though a cheap asus sound card with built in headphone amp is all you need.

I would also use the "unified drivers" from here

http://maxedtech.com/asus-xonar-unified-drivers/

the official drivers are rubbish

The Xonar U3 = external Xonar DG, FWIR. Not sure how correct that statement is, but signs point to it being true.

And Change, yes, hiatus. I have no desire to try/review any headphones up until I try the HE-400i. Someone could send me an SR009 and I still wouldn't want to try/review it. I'm not going to spend any money on this hobby for a good while. The HE-400i may or may not happen, leaning on WON'T.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 6/12/14 at 2:08am
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The Xonar U3 = external Xonar DG, FWIR. Not sure how correct that statement is, but signs point to it being true.

And Change, yes, hiatus. I have no desire to try/review any headphones up until I try the HE-400i. Someone could send me an SR009 and I still wouldn't want to try/review it. I'm not going to spend any money on this hobby for a good while. The HE-400i may or may not happen, leaning on WON'T.

http://techreport.com/review/21256/asus-xonar-u3-usb-audio-device/2

 

DG is better

post #24073 of 24754
Are the K702 65th Annie worth getting instead of the Q701 for gaming? I own the already. I play open word games and fps so I like immersive and spacious headphones that are nice and textured.
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Are the K702 65th Annie worth getting instead of the Q701 for gaming? I own the already. I play open word games and fps so I like immersive and spacious headphones that are nice and textured.

 

You own what already?

 

In my personal opinion, the smooth headband and memory foam ear pads make the K702 Annie worth it to me over the Q701. I wasn't happy with the the bumpy headband on the Q701. The ear pads are a preference thing, but they're around $70 separately, so you might as well have them included. Blue is also my favorite color, so it was an obvious choice.

 

The Q701 can be found used for around $130 or $140 on the Amazon Warehouse. If you don't mind the headband, it's a very solid deal. If you picked up the memory foam pads later down the line, most people agree that you would have a headphone that sounds 99% like the Annies. 

post #24075 of 24754

The annies are nearly £400 here whereas the Q701 are around £200.

 

IMO the Q701 are much much better in terms of value for money. It depends on how much you can get either for (brand new).

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