have done a lot of research, but need some help from the pros
I bought a pair of Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 80's - will be used 65% gaming (FPS (Battlefield 3) so positional cues are very important), 35% Movies (likely via home theater receiver on separate TV, with some occasional PC movie watching).
some additional info:
Not interested in music through this set
The PC is in my bedroom, usually with a sleeping wife (hence my need for closed cans) so only headphones will ever be used to listen to games/movies, never speakers.
No A/V receiver will be paired with the computer. Heaphones either directly to soundcard or to headphone amp+soundcard.
I will not need a ton of volume (refer to sleeping wife scenario above + some inevitable sound leakage), moderate volume gaming/movies.
my focus is on best gaming solution through PC with direction/positional cues being primary concern.
I have a current gaming rig with an Asrock Z68 Extreme 4 mobo (Realtek ALC892 onboard) and play BF3, Skyrim, Portal. Mostly all newer games. I will be upgrading my PC in future years and playing 95% 'new' games.
seems like the 2 most popular choices are Asus Xonar STX and Creative Titanium HD with some nods to Claro, Auzentech
appears that the Xonar STX has powerful built-in amp but is better suited to music.
Titanium HD has 'arguably' better positional simulated surround with their CMSS 3d, but there's a possibility that I would need an external amp to drive the 80ohm DT770's (although I'm a little unclear, since the specs seem to support driving headphones with impedance in the 200-300 range).
leaning towards the Titaniums or another X-Fi solution, just worried about adequacy of the card's amplification for the 80ohm phones... if I'm not listening at high volume, will the card alone be sufficient? Not extremely worried about the wonky drivers that Creative is known for as I'm decently proficient at tinkering/tweaking.
Somebody give me a push so I can buy something and stop agonizing over the purchase. Thanks in advance. Sorry for long post.