I want to first introduce my self to the forums. My name is Kevin Glover I love gaming, life and god. I love to listen to a wide genre of music such as Dubstep, DnB, Techno, Electronic, Trance, Hip Hop, R&B, Alternative Rock, Rock, JRock, JPop etc.... anything that has a bumpn beat ^_-
Next before I get into anything else I want to say I don't really have a budget but if I have at the most I would say $800 for a soundcard and a pair cans.
I am looking to get in the big world of audiophile and get my self a good soundcard and a nice pair of cans. I currently own 2 headsets as of now. Such ones being the Gamecom 377 Stereo Headset and the Steelseries 7H USB Headset. The Steelseries 7H that I have is analog 3.5mm to a USB dongle that basically uses the dongle as a soundcard to produce the sound. The headset has virutal 7.1 which isn't all that good so I am very disappointed that I did pay the $150 for these cans.
I know I could have gotten a lot better set of cans for the price I payed for these and even used my onboard till I could afford a nice soundcard like the STX from ASUS, but the gimmicky marketing schemes of these companies lured me in to believe this is the best anyone has to offer for an initial audio source for gaming.
I do a lot of competitive gaming as well as casual gaming so I need a good pair of cans that will give me good positional awareness and very very very clear audio with crisp tones. I play games like Crysis, Crysis Warhead, Crysis Wars, Crysis 2, Call of Duty 4, Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2, Call of Duty Black Ops, Battlefield Bad Company 2, (Soon Battlefield 3 when that releases ^_^), Bulletstorm, Guild Wars, Left 4 Dead 2 and so on.......
Now on to the real jiff of the thread here. I am going to get some new cans and a soundcard like a mentioned before. I understand a good bit about what I am getting into and I have done my research so I am not completely blind sided about the audiophile world. Heres a few set of cans below that I was looking at getting.
Audio Technica Cans:
1. Audio Technica ATH-AD700
2. Audio Technica ATH-A700
3. Audio Technica ATH-A900
1. Sennheiser HD 555
2. Sennheiser HD 600
3. Sennheiser HD 650
4. (HD800 Is way way out of my price range)
1. Denon AHD2000
2. Denon AHD5000
3. Denon AHD7000
1. Beyerdynamic DT770
2. Beyerdynamic DT880
3. Beyerdynamic DT990
ASUS Sound Cards:
1. Asus Xonar Essence ST
2. ASUS Xonar Essence STX
HT | Omega Sound Cards:
1. HT | Omega Claro
2. HT | Omega Claro Plus+
I have done a good bit of research on Audiophile Cans vs. Gaming Gimmick Cans and I am pretty certain a good pair of cans and a nice sound card will out perform a gimmick 7.1 virtual surround sound pair of cans. Plus you only have 2 ears so you will get better soundstage and clarity from stereo 2.1 cans anyways right?
The one thing that I am not certain about is the whole thing with why more ohm is better on your cans. I know that less ohm impedance means it has less resistance and it is easier to drive (thus being said it doesn't need an amp.)
Now for DACs, I don't know if I want to go that route and get one because I don't that knowledgeable about what they do. I do know that they convert a digital signal to a analog signal and such but are they really better than using a internal sound card like the ASUS Xonar STX or the HT Omega Plus+.
Thank you for your time and patience for taking the time to read my thread I really do appreciate it. I hope you guys can assist me in the right direction in purchasing a good pair of cans for gaming.
- Fr1nge - Kevin -
Edited by Fr1nge - 4/5/11 at 11:21pm