Hello everyone. I joined here to ask some questions, after being referred to this place for serious information about headphones.
It will be my birthday soon and my wife has started looking for ideas on gifts etc, that's how my quest on finding the perfect sound solution for me started.
I will try to stay short and explain clearly what i need, what i've got, how i got here...
How i got here:
Me and the wife are serious gamers, we play on daily basis, but not always the same games. We have our two desks with the PCs sitting next to eachother in the living room, where we also have the TV/Home Cinema set up, which is usually used by the kid during the day/evening. Needless to say the sound interference can get quite serious when everyone's playing a different game and/or watching a movie/youtube/whatever. I've also been pondering surround sound in games, but we have no space to install a real 5.1 system around my pc, it will be a mess with two pcs and everything. One thing let to another, i ended up pondering those "5.1 gaming headphones" that companies like Razer, Steelseries and Logitech offer. I was quite sceptical about it, so i started doing my research, started a few threads in a few forums and eventually was referred here. Here's the thread that got the most attention and best replies so far - http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/forums/showthread.php?5660-Best-gaming-headphones-for-100-euro-bucks - it contains more information and details, if you are interested.
What i have:
A gaming rig with n ASUS P7P55D motherboard, i5 quad-core cpu, 500w high-quality PSU (don't remember the brand) proper video and ram. I use the on-board soundcard, mostly with my 2.1 BOSE desktop sound system and sometimes my Creative Infin1ty headset.
What i need:
A budget solution that would provide a (virtual?) surround feeling to gaming, especially for FPS games like Battlefield, Planetside etc. I need headphones that are very comfortable to wear since gaming sessions can go for up to 2-3 hours straight. Ideally, i am looking for mixed headphones (gaming and music use, not movies). I am not set for headphones or headset, i'd take whatever is best at this point.
I have about 200 euros in total, for headphones and/or soundcard, eventually a desktop mic.
What i currently have in mind:
While doing a similar research some time ago, for headphones, for my wife's digital piano, we selected Sennheiser HD518 as the best price/quality choice for our budget (~100 euros). We didn't buy them then though, so we are still interested in them, maybe get them for my b-day and share them for when she plays the piano or has other need.
So i was thinking of getting a Sennheiser HD518 + XONAR DGX, have it run on DH and be done with it. That way i can have a pair of (supposedly) very good headphones, a soundcard and about 70 euros left to get me a new HDD or something else. However, after talking with a lot of people and reading a lot of info i am kind of confused about the whole deal. T
First of all, the headphones selection is still a bit misty. A friend of mine is suggesting that i get the HD555 and remove some plastic bit from inside, which would technically transform them into HD595 which are supposedly better in overall. There's also the PC360 that look quite interesting, especially considering Mad Lust Envy's review from the other thread.
For the next part of my questions i will just copy-paste my post from the RPS forum:
I read this - http://www.head-fi.org/t/593050/the-...surround-sound which got me wondering if having a real sound card is of any use or not. If i got it right it's still better than onboard sound thanks to the different (software?) audio engines such as the GX2.5, but i am not entirely sure. If that is the case, i am considering getting this - http://www.asus.com/Multimedia/Audio_Cards/Xonar_DGX/
Then i read this - http://www.head-fi.org/t/534479/mad-...er-minor-edits which has a lot of info about a ton of headphones, they are all "normal, stereo" ones that the reviewer uses with the DolbyHeadphone technology to produce 5.1 sound sensation. He doesn't mention the HD518 in his review but then again most (if not all) of the headphones the guy recommends are somewhat too expensive for me. Also, the thread got me wondering about having the http://www.astrogaming.com/mixamps/mixamp-usb as a necessity, is it to use with a real soundcard or it actually replaces it?
Also, if i understand it right, "gaming headphones" such as the Steelseries, Razer or Logitech, that provide 5.1 sound are basically just normal headphones with integrated DH technology on their usb soundcard? If that is the case, then the obvious choice for me is to go for a real soundcard + real headphones.
Ok so i guess that's about it. I am sorry for the huge post, but i am really getting mixed up here and would love some clarification so that i could make up my mind and make my choices.