I first posted in the Mad Lust Envy's Headphone Gaming Guide, then read my private message and saw i'm suppose to post here first :) so here we go.
First Off, great guide, and lots of good posts, but I ended up skipping several due to the length, but anyway. I'm a gamer looking for my next upgrade. Currently i'm running the Logitech G930 wireless headphones which were pretty good the first year but after that issues started, mainly random disconnects and re-connects, also i'm running stock sound on my Asus M5A99X Evo. For the past month I had my heart set on the Astro A40 with mixamp... until i realized i don't have a soundcard with DDL (dolby digital live). So i started looking elsewhere and realized my budget was going to go out the window. I originally planned on just spending the 250/260 dollars on the a40s but now i have to pay 100/150 for a good sound card. So i started looking around and have come to the decision of getting the ASUS XONAR ESSENCE STX/90 and the Audio-Technica ATH-AD700X which is going to total me about 350 dollars now, 100 more than i wanted. However i don't mind spending the extra 100 on the setup if its worth it, i have read so many reviews on the astro a40's vs true headphones and buying a mod mic. I like to play competitive but also play for fun. The biggest difference i see is bass, mic/no mic/ and how good the mids/surround sound is.
I'm kind of lost as what to get, I also read that the regular xonar dx i think its called, is all you need but i see a lot of bad reviews, specially on newegg for that card and it doesn't have DDL, but if i'm not mistaken the DDL is really just for the astro a40's. In the end i'm looking for a sound card and great headphones for gaming the most like FPS, MMORPG's, music second. I don't care if it has a mic I can buy a mod mic since i hear nothing but great things about them. So yea, sorry for the wall of text but i really really really appreciate your guys's input on the matter.
So to sum it up, Gaming setup (sound card / Headphones) with or without mic. 350 bucks or less unless its a hair over.
Edited by Onyxius - 9/25/13 at 8:26pm