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post #16 of 22
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Originally Posted by hodgjy View Post

I assumed the OP wanted to 2 channel sound...but you know what happens when we assume.....

 

Possibly so.  If it were me, I'd personally opt for one of the newer Yamaha 2.1 analog integrated amplifiers.  The speakers are sent a full range output.  The integrated amp, and the 2-channel receivers from Yammy also have a subwoofer output.  The sub output directs all low frequencies (below 80 Hz) to the sub (as well as sending a full frequency to your main speakers.  So, if you have a main set of speakers that are accomodating down to to the 33Hz - 35Hz range, they can pair well with a sub.  Plus, you can use the built in crossover on your sub, to determine a lower frequency cut, (e.g. - 50Hz) if you desire.

 

The sound is super crazy in this scenario.  I'm running a pair of Monitor Audio RS-6 (in rosenut) and an SVS "water heater" sub.  When it comes to movies, I realize I bypass the surround effects, but the front stage is where it counts in my book.

post #17 of 22
Thread Starter 

I apologize if I sound stupid, as I'm still new to the game. Does being "only" dual channel mean that the setup, including DSP performed by the source itself, does not provide any kind of positional sound whatsoever, and only basic 2 dimensional stereo?

 

If the answer to that is "yes", then the name of this thread is now, "What is a good home theater receiver for movies and gaming for <$500? Must have HDMI and/or optical."

post #18 of 22
Yes, many receivers are large and expensive.  They are great for driving surround sound speakers, but their headphone sections often leave a lot to be desired.



Couldn't agree with you more. I have a VSX-32 that retails for around $800 but has a headphone out that sounds worse than my Fiio E11... Not a knock on Fiio or anything but come on!! I was hoping for something magical but nope, pretty much useless.
post #19 of 22
I apologize if I sound stupid, as I'm still new to the game. Does being "only" dual channel mean that the setup, including DSP performed by the source itself, does not provide any kind of positional sound whatsoever, and only basic 2 dimensional stereo?

If the answer to that is "yes", then the name of this thread is now, "What is a good home theater receiver for movies and gaming for <$500? Must have HDMI and/or optical."

You could always go with the Astro Mixamp to solve that problem. You can connect it directly through optical and get surround sound to any headphone you use. I use it now for my gaming and it gives me stupid good positional accuracy. The Mixamp with the 702's would be a very very smart move on your end.

I've even used the Mixamp 5.8 (wireless version) and Fiio e11 together with harder to run headphones to give them that added umph. That's the best and easiest way to turn any headphone into a Dolby surround headphone.



The base on the right and the wireless receiver on the left. Pretty simple right. You plug the optical out from your TV into the Mixamps base and then plug your headphones into the receiver and enjoy. Like I said, simple.

Good luck!


Thanks,


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post #20 of 22
Thread Starter 

So that's compatible with Wii U and movies? The site only lists compatibility for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC. I don't know why the site would say only those three if it was actually universal.

post #21 of 22

Because the Wii U wasn't out yet. It's compatible with anything that has an optical out. 

post #22 of 22
Thread Starter 

Thanks to everyone for the advice. I've decided to just go with a low-profile DAC and AMP combo: either the Icon HDP, D100 MKII, or another one in that price range. A receiver was a good idea, but I simply do not have the surface space for that sort of thing in my setup. The mixamp was a good idea, but I'm not confident that sort of thing will have the kind of fidelity I'm looking for.

 

Thanks again.

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