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Originally Posted by Acextreme View Post
 

In your post, you mentioned that the ACM's mic is better than the Z's mic but in your Amazon's review, you mentioned it's not worth US$50 for that. I just needed to know how much better is it relative to the Z's?

 

Is it better in terms of clarity, sound cancellation, sensitivity to pick up voice, or its ability to do its job of beamforming? Maybe some subjective percentages could help me understand how much better you felt it was over the Z? Also, if you have any experience with boom mics of headsets like the Sennheiser PC360 or something similar, could you comment whether the mic from the Z model is comparable in performance?

 

Reason why I ask is that over here is this part of the world, the difference between the Zx and Z is about US$30 and that I would like to buy the Q701 over the PC360 if I could use the Sound Blaster's mic. The omni-direction and lack of noise cancellation of the Zalman mic that you mentioned in your Amazon review is something I don't think I can live with. So would you reckon it's worth getting the Zx just for the better mic on the ACM over the Z if the difference is now US$30?

 

Thanks for your help.

 

I would not pay any money for the mic, at least not the mic alone. When I tested it, while using the ACM, the quality of the mic was bad enough that some of my friends noticed right away that I wasn't using my normal microphone, a Logitech desktop USB mic. As I was only using TeamSpeak at that day, the quality difference may have even been higher in other applications.

The mic is stereo, saves space on the desk and doesn't need an extra cable. That's as far as the advantages go as far as I'm concerned.

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Just bought the SoundBlaster Omni off of Amazon for 55$ grand total, now to see if the G4ME ZERO from seinheiser is worth 280$...

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Just got me some Philips Fidelio X1's..... paired with the SBZ. My brain is reconfiguring and I'm tapping my feet which annoys me... grr. Will be getting my amp soon hopefully (Compass 2... great deal due to the poor Euro.. couldn't resist it) -lol-  it will without doubt do the job .. but I want the AKG 712's really plus a pair of closeds.

 

Evs and Skip.. have to ask you... the headamp on the SBZ doesn't quite cut it.. even for an easy pair of cans like these.


Edited by SaLX - 12/22/13 at 4:41pm
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Drunken tiger -- the PC360 is the same headset mate minus the wank gamer colour scheme. Best to grab a pair of the original black grey versions if there are any left. I want a pair - solely for the mic. Either or, they are great headsets (listened to the original in a fps game with a TiTHD soundcard and they are really good)


Edited by SaLX - 12/22/13 at 3:24pm
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The annoying thing is though that using surround, crystalizzer and a bit of bass makes the X1 sound better. Brain/burn in. Get back to you on the games dept .. however I'll be exclusively playing DayZ:SA from now on.


Edited by SaLX - 12/23/13 at 5:38am
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Take it back.......... it a fully back.. peskie burn/brain in.

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For those of you using the Sound Blaster ZxR, is it necessary to plug in the daughter board for the main card to function properly? Having trouble figuring out a spot where I can possibly fit the daughter card without ruining aesthetics or blocking air flow.

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Originally Posted by Coppermonkey View Post

For those of you using the Sound Blaster ZxR, is it necessary to plug in the daughter board for the main card to function properly? Having trouble figuring out a spot where I can possibly fit the daughter card without ruining aesthetics or blocking air flow.

Nope! Mine sits in the box waisting away. Ughh.. Thanks for reminding me how useless it and the ACM were to a $250 purchase.
post #1524 of 3296
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Nope! Mine sits in the box waisting away. Ughh.. Thanks for reminding me how useless it and the ACM were to a $250 purchase.

 

Hm do you think the ZxR is worth the purchase besides the wasted daughter card and ACM? I'm having trouble deciding between a FiiO E17 and a Z series card.

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Unless you have money to drop, probably not. Also unless you really are set in the op amp swapping capabilities or surround capabilities.

You could just go with the z and optical out to the e17.
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 I was in the exact same boat. Match the DAC and amp on the ZxR whilst using the vanilla Z? Not that easy. Will update this once my Compass 2 comes.

post #1527 of 3296
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Originally Posted by DJINFERNO806 View Post

Unless you have money to drop, probably not. Also unless you really are set in the op amp swapping capabilities or surround capabilities.

You could just go with the z and optical out to the e17.

 

No money wise it would either be getting a Zx or an E17, not both sadly as I didn't budget too much towards audio. I do almost exclusive gaming and could care less about my other audio.

post #1528 of 3296
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Originally Posted by Coppermonkey View Post

No money wise it would either be getting a Zx or an E17, not both sadly as I didn't budget too much towards audio. I do almost exclusive gaming and could care less about my other audio.

Pm'd
post #1529 of 3296
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Originally Posted by SaLX View Post

Evs and Skip.. have to ask you... the headamp on the SBZ doesn't quite cut it.. even for an easy pair of cans like these.
What were you asking? What was the question? I said I usually use an amp with my AKGs, though the Z amp is okay.
post #1530 of 3296

Evs - I can't turn up the headphone to 6... ..........7,8.9,10 are out. I'm not even asking for 11. All I want is more volume, just like the opposite problem Skip had. The gain trick that was posted previously does work... but it distorts a little bit. My new amp will cure it... hopefully.

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