I'm considering making the big leap from my Logitech’s G35 Virtual surround headset & get the real deal, a dedicated soundcard ! So take note, I’m new to all this audio technical stuff.
I’m a gamer & play all kinds of games but the reason driving my future purchase is getting a competitive edge in Battlefield 3 or any other modern competitive FPS. I also have Audioengine A2 speakers (only the pair) that I use when not gaming, for watching movies or music.
So I’ve read both "Mad Lust Envy's Headphone Gaming Guide" & "The Nameless Guide To PC Gaming Audio (with binaural headphone surround sound)", plus several threads about Essence STX vs Phoebus.
However, the threads are all a bit outdated with the last activity being 2012. Thus could anyone enlighten me on the current state of the Phoebus? Because the STX seems to be preferred here.
Are the bad drivers gone? What’s the deal with dropping Dolby headphone for Dolby home theater 4, is it causing issues with games, will the sound quality be affected for better or worse? Does the Phoebus have more longevity with support for future games?
The setup I’m thinking about is either an Asus Xonar Essence STX or Asus ROG Xonar Phoebus with any of these headphones:
· Audio-Technica ATH-AD700
· AKG Q701
· AKG K701
So which is the best combination, what do you recommend for gaming?!
Best regards & thanks in advance!
P.S : My OS is Windows 7 Ultimate, also have a copy of Windows 8 collecting dust (yup got a free one, never wanted it), might switch to it one day though.
Edited by Frencho - 3/23/13 at 6:07pm