What is the best setup for all round PC gaming and movies?
I currently have:
Windows 7 Pro 64
Auzen X-Fi HomeTheater HD
Astro Mixamp Pro (2009 version) + Headset
Sennheiser PC360 Headset (being mailed to me as we speak)
Main problems I have with my current setup is that X-Fi was overheating, and it would stop playing sound. That's an old problem, and it seems like the cards overheating has fixed itself. No problem with it otherwise, I just don't know how to set it up (software settings/connections) to get the most out of it. I know some things, but I'm pretty noob about other audio stuff. I came here to do my research a while back, so its not all bad. I had to go through a lot of bulls**t on the interweb to get to real audio junky opinions. Mad Lust Envy's guide was a great help, but its only for console gaming setups. Thanks to u I can combined your guides to find a new setup. Few gamers have done informative audio guides like this one. The only part that is missing is a testing and recommendation section.
The Auzen X-Fi HomeTheater HD isn't a bad card, but I'm thinking of buying one of the highend ASUS Xonar Essence/Phoebus card with the headphone amp. I don't have a desktop headphone amp currently, other then the headphone on my X-Fi soundcard. Also I like the fact that u get Dolby Headphone without needing the Astro Mixamp. Do the Asus cards do DTS, which is a common missing feature from these units? Seems like a sound card is a better solution anyway.
Right now I'd say I'm a starter, but I like to move to a more audiophile solution. I'd love to get a all-rounder headphone like the Beyerdynamic T1 Tesla used for $850. Seems like it would be a very competitive and fun with the right amp going off Mad's list. Maybe I can pair it with the ASUS Xonar Essence One amp to good effect. However I don't really know, and that is why I'm here. I'd like some suggestions and recommendations.
If go with highend, I'll also need to get the new version of the AntLion ModMic, with the mute feature. Currently sold-out, and on pre-order. Has anyone seen the mute version. I'm an MMO gamer, and having a mic is very important. I also play FPS games, so don't think I play WoW. Hell no, WoW sucks! I play Darkfall Online, and sound is very important on that game. For anyone that hasn't played Darkfall, its a very hard game to grasp. FPS Sandbox MMO with full loot, ship battles, huge 400+ man sieges, with an open world and skill based system. Darkfall 1.0 is shutting down however to open up for Darkfall: Unholy Wars, which is a re-launch of the game on Nov. 20. Do some research on it if it sounds interest. In Darkfall u have to sneak from tree to tree to get closer to someone. No invisibility bull, just plan player skill, so sound is very important. This is not an ad, I just love the game that much and want everyone to know about it. Its the only MMO I keep coming back to. Once u try Darkfall u will never want to play an auto-target MMO ever again. There is nothing like it. Planetside 2 and Firefall aren't even close.
Edited by LINKUZZZ - 11/12/12 at 12:01pm