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post #721 of 2243
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Will I get surround sound in gaming applications without a DAC?

Your Gigabyte's audio includes a DAC or you would not be able to hear anything on the PC.

 

Typically the audio chip on Gigabytes are by Realtek, and the included audio software usually supports surround sound in gaming applications.

 

Check gigabyte.us

post #722 of 2243

Thank you so much! So basically it is not worth buying an external DAC/amp unless I want to spend $150+?

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Thank you so much! So basically it is not worth buying an external DAC/amp unless I want to spend $150+?

 

it depends on your future upgrade path .. if you want a affordable solution you can always go with a Xonar DG..

post #724 of 2243

If it's worth the $20, I'll buy it. I notice though that it says it supports 5.1 while my motherboard supports 7.1.

post #725 of 2243

5.1, 7.1, all insignificant to headphone audio

post #726 of 2243
Very significant to those who enjoy virtual surround dsps, which need a 5.1 or 7.1 signal so it can be converted.
post #727 of 2243

Isn't the audio cards 5.1 or 7.1 just about the outputs? Can't you create a virtual surround via software even with a 2ch soundcard? 

 

Are you talking about actually using the 7 channel outputs and plugging them into some sort of processor to then be connected to the headphone? Sorry I've been into cans for more than 20 years but I am a noob when it comes to surround processing for headphones.

post #728 of 2243

The astro mixamp has a dolby headphone dsp in it which emulates a 5.1 surround setup. It also has a built-in amp (I don't know if it's enough to power the ma900), and it can hook up to all of the consoles out there (except nintendo's stuff). 

post #729 of 2243

So if I want to use the MA900s effectively on consoles, I should get the astro mixamp. This is not a huge concern for me. If I don't need the mixamp otherwise, I would rather not buy it.

 

@Mad Lust Envy Will onboard audio from the Gigabyte Z68X-UD5-B3 suffice for gaming?

post #730 of 2243

I did some brief comparison of MA-900, HE-400, Mad Dog and Alpha Dog.

 

The MA-900 continues to excel in its presentation of the space in which instruments exist.  It has a three-dimensional spatial presentation that gives aspects of a recording not found in any other headphones that I have heard (although I expect that the HD-800 do this also).

 

With a good amp and the earlier mentioned headband mod, the bass on the MA-900 is surpringly good in quality and level.

 

I think it is the best $180 you can spend on headphones, and the best headphones in hot weather. :D

 

(Of course, the Mad Dog and the Alpha Dog both have excellent isolation.  The Mad Dog is excellent for rock and EDM, and good on all genres.  The Alpha Dog is exceptional for classical and other acoustic music - the instrumental timbre and detail are excellent.)

post #731 of 2243

Do the instruments like percussions and the attack of even just voices have the same tactile feel on the ma900 vs the planars? I have noticed typically that smaller dynamic drivers just don't have that tactile feel that planars have.

post #732 of 2243
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I did some brief comparison of MA-900, HE-400, Mad Dog and Alpha Dog.

 

The MA-900 continues to excel in its presentation of the space in which instruments exist.  It has a three-dimensional spatial presentation that gives aspects of a recording not found in any other headphones that I have heard (although I expect that the HD-800 do this also).

 

With a good amp and the earlier mentioned headband mod, the bass on the MA-900 is surpringly good in quality and level.

 

I think it is the best $180 you can spend on headphones, and the best headphones in hot weather. :D

 

(Of course, the Mad Dog and the Alpha Dog both have excellent isolation.  The Mad Dog is excellent for rock and EDM, and good on all genres.  The Alpha Dog is exceptional for classical and other acoustic music - the instrumental timbre and detail are excellent.)

 

Could you please point out the headband mod? I must have missed that one. 

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Originally Posted by kstuart View Post
 

I did some brief comparison of MA-900, HE-400, Mad Dog and Alpha Dog.

 

The MA-900 continues to excel in its presentation of the space in which instruments exist.  It has a three-dimensional spatial presentation that gives aspects of a recording not found in any other headphones that I have heard (although I expect that the HD-800 do this also).

 

With a good amp and the earlier mentioned headband mod, the bass on the MA-900 is surpringly good in quality and level.

 

I think it is the best $180 you can spend on headphones, and the best headphones in hot weather. :D

 

(Of course, the Mad Dog and the Alpha Dog both have excellent isolation.  The Mad Dog is excellent for rock and EDM, and good on all genres.  The Alpha Dog is exceptional for classical and other acoustic music - the instrumental timbre and detail are excellent.)

 

Could you please point out the headband mod? I must have missed that one. 


It's very minor and is at:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/663121/sony-mdr-ma900-appreciation-thread/585#post_9918433

post #734 of 2243

I've yet to find a great amp to match the MA900.  It sounds pretty much the same with the magni, e09k, e11 as when I use the e6.  I've been using the e6.

post #735 of 2243

^^ I agree. Pretty much every amp that I've tried with it works well. The Asgard 2 was best, but I'm not sure that I can tell the difference in A2 and my fiio x3.

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