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post #4666 of 4931

In the Creative ZxR settings, I can select either "Normal Gain (32/300 ohm)" or "High Gain (600 ohm)." I am assuming for the X1, that normal gain would be more appropriate?

post #4667 of 4931

Does anyone use an STX soundcard with these? Was going to buy one but then read about the whole 1:8 ratio thing and it's put me off.

post #4668 of 4931
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Originally Posted by Spenty View Post
 

Does anyone use an STX soundcard with these? Was going to buy one but then read about the whole 1:8 ratio thing and it's put me off.

I've used X1's with the Asus Xonar DGX which I think is ~10 ohms for its output impedance, and I really liked the way it sounded. For the X1's, the impedance across the spectrum is pretty level, save the 70hZ resonance bump (minor compared to something like a Senneheiser's mid bass bump)... so you won't get crazy bloating or anything. I couldn't compare detail, as all I could compare the DGX to was my NFB-28 which I ran as a DAC+amp... so totally different system. I think you'll be fine, you could always add an amp running in series with a low output impedance, even a cMoy would be fine for that. Anything is better than on-board audio!

post #4669 of 4931

Thanks for swift reply, is there a big difference between the DGX and the STX? Price would say so but you never know with these things and placebo etc etc.

post #4670 of 4931

I've only ever tried the DGX soundcard... I got it b/c it's cheap and has optical out I can send to my NFB-28. Are you a gamer? The DGX uses Dolby, which some don't like. The STX might have more power too, which might be good for these cans. They aren't as easy to drive as many think... despite low impedance.

post #4671 of 4931

I use them to listen to music through the day working from home and for gaming in the evening/weekends.

post #4672 of 4931

I use the ST, same thing as the STX, and there is no issue. That said, the DGX will sound nearly the same. If you can hear the difference you are either lying about it, or unfortunate to have used much MUCH more expensive hardware.

post #4673 of 4931
Ok so after reading about these headphones for soooo long finally ordered them. I plan to use them for my ps4 so im guessing the boompro would be the best mic? Also i have a set of turtle beach px5s in the cupboard which decodes dolby digital to surround for my px5s. There is a 3.5 mm output on the front which also outputs dolby surround. Would this be sufficient as my amp for gaming and movies in dolby surround or would u recommend getting an astro mixamp instead?
Last question would i need additional cables or would i be ready to go with an amp and the boompro v-moda.


Thanks for taking the time to read my post hopefully someone can help me out:beyersmile:
post #4674 of 4931
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Originally Posted by Atranox View Post

In the Creative ZxR settings, I can select either "Normal Gain (32/300 ohm)" or "High Gain (600 ohm)." I am assuming for the X1, that normal gain would be more appropriate?
I would go with the lower gain setting.
post #4675 of 4931

Any amp can power the X1s. I recommend against using solutions like Dolby Headphone, though. It muddies the sound and really does a poor job of surround anyways. Many games detect stereo and output to stereo optimized, or have options to improve headphone listening.

 

When I do headphone movie watching, I use my receiver which does its own surround to stereo mixing solution which kicks Dolby Headphone ass.

post #4676 of 4931
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Originally Posted by NinjaQuick View Post
 

Any amp can power the X1s. I recommend against using solutions like Dolby Headphone, though. It muddies the sound and really does a poor job of surround anyways. Many games detect stereo and output to stereo optimized, or have options to improve headphone listening.

 

When I do headphone movie watching, I use my receiver which does its own surround to stereo mixing solution which kicks Dolby Headphone ass.

I cannot disagree more with your statement.... But whatever floats your boat ;)

post #4677 of 4931
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Originally Posted by NinjaQuick View Post
 

Any amp can power the X1s. I recommend against using solutions like Dolby Headphone, though. It muddies the sound and really does a poor job of surround anyways. Many games detect stereo and output to stereo optimized, or have options to improve headphone listening.

 

When I do headphone movie watching, I use my receiver which does its own surround to stereo mixing solution which kicks Dolby Headphone ass.


Uh, binaural?

post #4678 of 4931

Is there a headphone out there with a similar signature to the X1?

 

I returned them, because I had fit issues with them.

post #4679 of 4931
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Originally Posted by dakanao View Post
 

Is there a headphone out there with a similar signature to the X1?

 

I returned them, because I had fit issues with them.


Sennheiser HD 6xx series are supposedly similar, considered by some to be an "upgrade" from the Fidelio X1. Of course, when I said that before, I got met with someone who had the compulsive need to disagree with something I didn't actually deduce myself. Part of me wants to say the HiFiMAN HE400 and HE500, though those will need an amp. HD 600 and 650, you might be able to get away without one.

 

The closest thing I've heard to the Fidelio X1 is the Beyerdynamic DT880. Trades off a little bass for a little treble.


Edited by Dragonzeanse - 7/7/14 at 10:50am
post #4680 of 4931
Not the HE-400... That's for sure. The HD650 would only be better with really good source gear, only because it scales up better than the X1.
Also, the X1's aren't as easy to drive imho as many have made them out to be... I'll have numbers on that later.
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