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post #2761 of 4078

I said STX or E10, not both lol.

post #2762 of 4078

My bad i thought you had the card already :D Anyway, i think it's better to go with the STX imho, it would be a big quality upgrade over your integrated audio and you'll benefit from all the dolby gimmicks as well. But then i'm no expert (but there seems to be plenty around here).


Edited by Glasofruix - 9/20/13 at 5:00pm
post #2763 of 4078

Only reason i came here was because i was on Linus forums and alot of people are saying Soundcards are out dated and over rated so i thought i would come here to see what you guys recommend.

post #2764 of 4078

That's because those people are deaf idiots. Some people prefer to use DACs instead of soundcards (for music mainly), but a decent soundcard is still waaaaaay better than any realtek or whatnot integrated crap, even for gaming. Personnaly i had an X-Fi Forte that died on me so i ordered a xonar phoebus (i like to try things), i had to switch back to my realtek in the meantime, 20 minutes later i turned it off because that thing sucks monkeyballs compared to a real soundcard. An STX is a safe bet if you don't plan on using 5.1 or 7.1 setups.

post #2765 of 4078

Fair enough.

post #2766 of 4078

Anyone think the HD598's suck at replicating drums...?

 

Is it because of the lack of low frequency response?

 

I was listening to Abbey Road(fave) and some other old school albums with:

Cyrus CD player  >> Audio-GD Compass II >> HD598

 

It sounded unnatural & slow.

post #2767 of 4078
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Originally Posted by RochRx7 View Post
 

Anyone think the HD598's suck at replicating drums...?

 

Is it because of the lack of low frequency response?

 

I was listening to Abbey Road(fave) and some other old school albums with:

Cyrus CD player  >> Audio-GD Compass II >> HD598

 

It sounded unnatural & slow.

 

 

I agree they're not very strong compared to closed headphones, but I still think they sound very good. I say this while listening to Come Together without any equalization. I do however prefer to boost the bass by 3db at 100Hz when using these headphones.

 

EDIT: As palmfish suggests, check the recording. I'm listening to a lossless file of the most recent remastered recordings.


Edited by Phredd - 9/21/13 at 5:27pm
post #2768 of 4078
Could it be the recording? The stereo separation on those old albums is quite hard. Maybe some crosssfade would help.
post #2769 of 4078
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Originally Posted by palmfish View Post

Could it be the recording? The stereo separation on those old albums is quite hard. Maybe some crosssfade would help.

 

Well my reference for comparison were a pair of Grado RS2's and SR60's ..both of which replicated some songs exceedingly better (as far as drums go, not concerned about vocals or stringed instruments which the 598s do just fine)

 
I don't like the in-your-face one-foot-away-from-the-artist presentation of the Grado's but the drums just sound so much more airy & natural. 

 

I will probably hang up the 598s for the time being.. and make my way towards the HiFiMan's to see if they have what I'm looking for. O_o

post #2770 of 4078

I still haven't decided if i should get a Sound Card or Amp/Dac for competitive gaming and music. Anyone got some suggestions? 

post #2771 of 4078
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Originally Posted by Vague View Post
 

I still haven't decided if i should get a Sound Card or Amp/Dac for competitive gaming and music. Anyone got some suggestions? 

 

For gaming a sound card. For music, a DAC/Amp. A good sound card and a amp should be fine for music as well.

post #2772 of 4078
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Originally Posted by kimvictor View Post
 

 

For gaming a sound card. For music, a DAC/Amp. A good sound card and a amp should be fine for music as well.

 

Any sound card recommendations?

post #2773 of 4078

You wanted an STX if i recall correctly, that's one of the best cards for stereo. The recent soundblasters (Zs not the recons) are also quite nice for gaming and support surround setups. You don't need an amp with those.

post #2774 of 4078
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Originally Posted by Glasofruix View Post
 

You wanted an STX if i recall correctly, that's one of the best cards for stereo. The recent soundblasters (Zs not the recons) are also quite nice for gaming and support surround setups. You don't need an amp with those.

 

The STX seems good but some people are saying the software isn't the best. I would get the Phoebus but the driver problems and games crashing puts me off it.

post #2775 of 4078

I've had the phoebus for a year now and no game crashes related to it, but since the software support is so poor i wouldn't recommend it. Google some info about unidrivers for the stx (http://maxedtech.com/asus-xonar-unified-drivers/), those are a tad better than the official ones.

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