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post #871 of 1393
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Originally Posted by Kdavis71 View Post
 

The whole out of your head speaker like soundstaging thing everyone talks about, do you need surround sound processing or binaural recording to hear that? Sorry, never had an open back before so I don't know and I would hope I can at least get somewhat of the effect without needing extra equipment/software or special binaural recordings.

 

I plan to eventually get an extrernal surround processor/sound card for my ma900 anyways but not right away as I don't have money for it atm so also if anyone can recommend a cheap external surround processor or sound card that works well with ma900? 

 

You don't need any special recordings, however the type of music you listen too will matter. If you listen to top 40 stuff, there is not much sound stage anyway. If you listen to an orchestra, the high quality 320k files that are on Google Music Play will work.

 

Of course, as you get better recordings and better dac/amps, this effect is magnified, but with just a computer, you will notice a difference.

 

Oh, and no surround sound processing.

post #872 of 1393

Alright thanks, although I'm still interested in finding the cheapest possible surround sound processor/software/external sound card, or whatever for when I watch movies and/or play FPS games.

 

Any recommendations of anything that is cheap + works really well? 

post #873 of 1393
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Originally Posted by Kdavis71 View Post
 

Alright thanks, although I'm still interested in finding the cheapest possible surround sound processor/software/external sound card, or whatever for when I watch movies and/or play FPS games.

 

Any recommendations of anything that is cheap + works really well? 


PC, Mac or something else ?

post #874 of 1393

Windows 7 laptop


Edited by Kdavis71 - 1/6/14 at 11:49am
post #875 of 1393
Xonar U3

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post #876 of 1393

Thanks!

post #877 of 1393

Generally what MLE recommends is best for gaming.

 

FYI - in the area of free software for Windows, if you install "foobar2000" free music player, then there are a lot of free plugins (they call "components") that do surround sound processing...

post #878 of 1393
I just like the U3 because it's cheap, does Dolby headphone, and when he has a good dac with an spdif input and his own amp, he can bypass the U3's dac and amp, and use his own, essentially only using the U3 for Dolby headphone processing, and nothing else. I can't speak for the other brands with their own virtual surround techs, as I don't know if they do the processing through the spdif out like the U3 does.
post #879 of 1393

Ya, thanks MLE and Kstuart. I have Jriver. Will just be using it for movies and gaming, got the E17 which works perfect for me for music but doesn't really offer any type of surround sound.

post #880 of 1393

Just got these and here is sort of a review:

 

got it from amazon.ca at listed price of $187 (was on for a limited time). When I got these I almost wanted to return them. these are my first open headphones and I didnt quite enjoy the open feeling as my current headphones is a bassy closed sony can. However I decided to try them for a few days.

 

Started listening to music and gaming...Ohhhh my gosh are these good. Sony must brand them as gaming headphones. Played last of us and the soundstage and atmosphere these babies create without sacrificing the bass is mindblowing. In The last of Us, where you first encounter a bunch of clickers in a dark room every clicker in the room had its defined position in the soundstage and the music while sneaking through the room especially the bassy thumps  (mid bass) was delivered with such convincing authority it reminded me of my old z5500 digital subwoofer that had a simillar kind of mid bass slam that you would feel in your guts.The explosions, gun shots, rain droplets everything was distinctly clear. (please see note below about my preference for regular stereo over dolby headphone). Nothing is muffled, everything has a beautiful balance. Dialogue isnt muffled bass is just right and the sound atmosphere is immense. Bass has a almost distinct hometheatre style separation feel, it doesnt overpower the other frequencies. Battlefield is just nirvana on these headphones. Seriously why would anyone buy any other headphones for gaming?

 

 

I wear my closed sony cans when i workout and when i put them on, I know what I miss. The soundstage and audio positioning..wow, should have got these earlier. 


Edited by rikstaker - 1/8/14 at 8:16pm
post #881 of 1393
While I completely and overwhelmingly disagree with you as far as Dolby headphone goes, I'm glad the MA900 pleases you for stereo applications.
post #882 of 1393

Hi guys, I'm so close to pulling the trigger on some of these!

 

Just wanted to clarify one thing, I don't own any amp/dac combos, just a gaming rig. Will I get the best out of these using my X-fi elite pro?

 

Oh and also, I'm in the UK and Amazon currently sell these for £190, does that seem a fair price or should I hold out?

 

Thanks in advance.

post #883 of 1393
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

While I
completely and overwhelmingly disagree with you as far as Dolby headphone goes, I'm glad the MA900 pleases you for stereo applications.
I

Actually it was your review and posts and a_recordings videos that made me pull the trigger. Thanks lol. Re dolby headphone I read in another thread that it doesnt work well with angled drivers so maybe thats why I just cant seem to appreciate it.

Also, do you think e17 would be better suited for my needs since i dont appreciate dolby headphone? does it work well with games/movies and ps3?
Edited by rikstaker - 1/7/14 at 12:44am
post #884 of 1393
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Originally Posted by Kdavis71 View Post
 

Ya, thanks MLE and Kstuart. I have Jriver. Will just be using it for movies and gaming, got the E17 which works perfect for me for music but doesn't really offer any type of surround sound.


In Jriver, go to Tools->Options->Audio and click on DSP and in Effects there are various surround effects (and there are plugins that can be used with Jriver).

post #885 of 1393
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Originally Posted by sk7line View Post
 

Hi guys, I'm so close to pulling the trigger on some of these!

 

Just wanted to clarify one thing, I don't own any amp/dac combos, just a gaming rig. Will I get the best out of these using my X-fi elite pro?

 

Oh and also, I'm in the UK and Amazon currently sell these for £190, does that seem a fair price or should I hold out?

 

Thanks in advance.

DO IT  :gs1000smile:  I love them for gaming...

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