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post #16 of 33
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Using Realtek 898 with X-Fi MB2 and 2 onboard amplifiers (1 for rear and 1 for front) it also has the THX features such as surround, crystalizer, bass enhancment).

 

When I crank the volume to %70 it's loud(but not very loud), anything beyond that, vocals will distort.

 

when I use surround nothing happens but better sounding.

 

when I use crystalizer and/or bass enhancement (to enhance the bass even a little bit) it make the bass present but will distort an addition to the vocals.

 

I heard the amplifiers on my motherboard(which is the Gigabyte Z77X-UD5h) are capable of driving these.

 

 

So I really dont know what to do as I really need to enhance the bass(otherwise I won't really feel it)..... 

 

 

so whats the problem the sound card or the headset ?


Edited by SKilleT - 2/1/13 at 12:57am
post #17 of 33
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@devhen, thanks for the reply but I don't understand that graph so can you help me ?

 

@davidish, I tried running them without anything with 0 enhancements and everything at default and still it distort at high volumes.

 

I currently using the Plantronics Gamcom 380(crappy gaming headset for $40). 

 

Oh the song distort at 100% of my Plantronics with the same songs but not as much as the sennheiser and the Creative Aurvana Live!(that I returned).

 

I use Spotify for testing playing these songs: Silence - Sarah Mclachlan FT.Tiesto and also Born Slippy Nuxx - Underworld.

post #18 of 33

I doubt this is the headphones. The likely problem is that the ALC 898 has something wrong with it. Try uninstalling all of the X-Fi MB2 software and the Realtek drivers, do a driver sweep, and then install the latest drivers from the Realtek website. If the problem persists, try a different source with the headphones to ensure that they are not the problem. If it works properly with a different source then I suggest that you get a cheap dedicated sound card such as the Asus Xonar DGX because it will blow away the onboard (I've used both).

post #19 of 33
Thread Starter 

And your vote will go for the HD 558 or the DT 770 PRO 80 OHMS ?

post #20 of 33

I honestly haven't heard either of them, I don't have very many opportunities to try different headphones where I live. It really is personal preference with headphones. The DT 770 Pro will have a more fun signature with deeper, more impactful bass, hot treble, and a slightly recessed mid-range. The HD 558 will have forward, clear mids, detailed highs (that don't extend as far as the DT 770 Pro), and the bass is slightly muddy. They both have good soundstage and imaging, but I feel that the DT 770 will beat the HD 558 in that way. This was extracted from headphone reviews around Head-Fi. I think you should wait for somebody else to chime in, since I have no experience with either of these headphones.

post #21 of 33
Thread Starter 

@Todd, Thanks.

 

So I was searching and I found:

 

The Beyerdynamic DT-770 80 OHMS for $197 Shipped: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/pro-audio/beyerdynamic-dt-770-pro-80-closed-studio-headphones

 

AND

 

the Sennheiser HD 558 for $167 shipped: http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-HD-558-Headphones/dp/B004FEEY9A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1359710572&sr=8-1&keywords=hd+558

 

Please help me choose one.

 

I want clarity and bass and I am leaning toward the Beyerdynamic but I really afraid from its quality as I never heard of these before.

 

Somone with experiance help please.

post #22 of 33

If its bass you're looking for you'll probably be happier with the 770.

 

I'm with ToddTheMetalGod, I very much doubt its the headphones. You probably just don't notice it as much in the gaming headset as you do in the 558 and COP! simply because these headphones are a lot better than your gaming headset and are more revealing. Are you using any kind of EQ settings? If you are boosting the bass with EQ it can cause distortion. Also, please answer the question from earlier-- does the distortion exist at all volume levels or only at very high volumes? You may need to listen very closely, at low volume, to be sure.

post #23 of 33
Thread Starter 

The distortion happen on the:

 

1.HD 558 @ 70%+ volume.

2.Plantronics @ 100% volume

3.Creative Aurvana Live! @ 90% Volume.

 

And no, I don't use any equlizer since THX's crystallizer is actually a preset equlizer.

 

You can see what I mean here: http://event.msi.com/mb/tech/thx.php

 

So the quality of the Beyerdynamic is good and trust worthy ?

 

 

post #24 of 33
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Originally Posted by SKilleT View Post

The distortion happen on the:

 

1.HD 558 @ 70%+ volume.

2.Plantronics @ 100% volume

3.Creative Aurvana Live! @ 90% Volume.

 

And no, I don't use any equlizer since THX's crystallizer is actually a preset equlizer.

 

You can see what I mean here: http://event.msi.com/mb/tech/thx.php

 

So the quality of the Beyerdynamic is good and trust worthy ?

 

Well I don't know what that THX crystallizer is but it doesn't make sense to have a preset equalizer. The whole point of an equalizer is to customize each frequency to your liking. That's not something that software can do for you automatically. In any case, you need to disable that THX crystallizer stuff. All of these silly features need to be disabled because one of them could easily be the culprit.

 

Beyerdynamic is definitely a good, trustworthy, pro level audio company. The 770 is a very durable, reliable headphone with 100% replaceable parts.

post #25 of 33
Thread Starter 

So if I buy the DT770 PRO-80 will the Xonar DG work good witht them ?

 

I can get the DT 770 PRO-80 for $200 shipped. even thhough its $50 more expensive than the HD 558.

 

So thats it I go ahead and get it ? also you know this website: https://www.musiciansfriend.com ?

 

It says its google trusted.....

post #26 of 33

The 770 Pro-80 is harder to drive than the 558. It will probably work with that sound card but it won't get really loud. You may want to look into others headphones that are easier to drive but you need to base your decision on what kind of attributes you want (strong bass apparently) and then go from there.

 

Musician's Friend is a legitimate site that you can trust.

post #27 of 33
Thread Starter 

Well first off I would like to thank you so much for your help.

 

One question please, Isn't the DT-770 PRO-80 80 OHMS ? and the Xonar DG can drive up to 150 OHMS plus it comes with Dolby Headphone ?

 

So do you think it will work ?

 

Also do they accept returns for refund if I didn't like the headphones ? 

 

I live in California BTW so they are not too far from me. (I mean for the shipping costs).

post #28 of 33
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Originally Posted by SKilleT View Post

Well first off I would like to thank you so much for your help.

 

One question please, Isn't the DT-770 PRO-80 80 OHMS ? and the Xonar DG can drive up to 150 OHMS plus it comes with Dolby Headphone ?

 

So do you think it will work ?

 

Also do they accept returns for refund if I didn't like the headphones ? 

 

I live in California BTW so they are not too far from me. (I mean for the shipping costs).

 

Well it depends on how powerful that sound card is. I've never used that particular one but it doesn't have a built-in headphone amplifier like some of the much more expensive ones do so its not going to be all that powerful. And the 770s are a little harder to drive than the typical ~80 ohm headphone. But yeah, if it says it can drive up to 150 ohm headphones then it might very well get loud enough.

 

No one beats Amazon's return policy. Get it from them and you'll have 30 days to return it with no restocking fees.

 

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0016MNAAI

 

However its $230 on Amazon so if that's too much for you I would just checkout Muscian's Friend's return policy and make sure it will allow you to return them if you don't like them.


Edited by devhen - 2/1/13 at 2:05am
post #29 of 33
Thread Starter 

The Xonar DG does have headphone amplifier up to 150 ohms.

 

The one on amazon is sold by another merchant not by amazon itself (the 80 ohms version) and they dont accept returns on headphones(LOL).

 

So that's why I was checking other websites.

 

So I think I will go ahead and purchase it.... hope it will sound as I want and to be comfortable.

 

Thank you.

post #30 of 33

It does have a built-in headphone amplifier, in the control panel you can choose from three different driving settings (<30 ohm, 32~64 ohm, or >60 ohm). It can drive my SR325is to ear-bleeding levels on the second setting, so I think it'll do fine with the 80 ohm load. You might not be able to blast them, but you will definitely be able to drive them properly to at least normal listening level.

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