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post #1 of 8
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Hello.

 

I am looking for competitive fps gaming equipment.

 

At the beginning of my search I learned that pc sound card with or without external amp and good headphones are number one. But after deeper investigation and visit in dark places of the internet ;) i encounter forbidden knowledge that good dac and amp together with cables and ac :) are far ahead of the pc sound card. 

 

After reading many articles, reviews and opinions  I came to two options:

1. Sound Card like Titanium HD/Xonar STX -> amp/dac -> headphones

2. Better dac, amp, ac, cables -> headphones

 

Now i have muddle in my brain :/.

 

Can You recommend equipment for about 1000$? ( without headphones I got what I want for now ).

 

Greetings.

post #2 of 8

Ideas way under your budget.

 

Titanium HD sound card, $150

Schiit Magni headphone amplifier, $99

 

Titanium (non-HD) sound card, used $50

Audio_GD NFB-15.32 DAC/amp, $235

post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 

Thanks for answer. I dont have to spend all my money. If something is good and cheap its ok :). 

 

I can buy new Titanium HD for about 100$. But I live in Europe and after quick research cant find schiit magni here.

Audio_GD NFB-15.32 is not a problem. Is it still good combination?

Forget to add that I will be using ATH-AD700 with them.

 

Maybe it will be better to buy one very good DAC/amp and skip sound card? Or should I listen to something cheaper first? I  I'm afraid that I can underestimate something more expensive. I am such a noob :P.

post #4 of 8
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Thanks for answer. I don't have to spend all my money. If something is good and cheap its ok :). 

 

I can buy new Titanium HD for about 100$. But I live in Europe and after quick research cant find Schiit Magni here.

Audio_GD NFB-15.32 is not a problem. Is it still good combination?

Forget to add that I will be using ATH-AD700 with them.

 

Maybe it will be better to buy one very good DAC/amp and skip sound card? Or should I listen to something cheaper first? I  I'm afraid that I can underestimate something more expensive. I am such a noob :P.

In the UK there is the EPH-02, 99 GBP, the same kind of amplifier as the Magni.

Has a very low headphone output impedance, under 1-Ohm :) great for use with 32-Ohm headphones like the ATH-AD700

http://epiphany-acoustics.co.uk/products-page/headphone-amplifiers/ehp-o2-portable-headphone-amplifier/

 

The Titanium HD & Titanium have the same CMSS-3D headphone surround sound, the Titanium HD comes with the better DAC chip.

Some people prefer the Sound Blaster Z series for FPS gaming, but the titanium series have better support for older (EAX 5.0) games.

Which is better for modern games? not something I'm qualified to answer.

But these sound cards should be a better choice, over motherboard on-board audio, for gaming.

 

I just threw out a few ideas to get the discussion going, there are more experienced gamers (then me) on Head-fi that might offer better ideas.

If you get an external DAC, make sure it has S/PDIF (optical & coaxial) input, as USB bypasses sound cards (on-board or add-on).

An external DAC verses internal sound card DAC makes no difference for gaming, but external are liked for music as there is less possibility for electrical noise, which can be generated from inside the computer case.

post #5 of 8
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I think that  i will buy Titanium HD and see what happens ;). Now I have Xonar D1 and positional audio is embarrassing :). There are no difference with motherboard audio for me ( music is generally better with D1 ).

 

About the  dac/amp. I plan to buy Mad Dogs in the future and link them to the same equipment as AD700, Maybe there is one amp to rule them all?;).

post #6 of 8
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I think that  i will buy Titanium HD and see what happens ;). Now I have Xonar D1 and positional audio is embarrassing :). There are no difference with motherboard audio for me ( music is generally better with D1 ).

 

About the  DAC/amp. I plan to buy Mad Dogs in the future and link them to the same equipment as AD700, Maybe there is one amp to rule them all?;).

Did you disable the motherboard's on-board audio, in the BIOS, with the D1 installed?

Have you tried the "Unified Xonar Drivers", with the Xonar D1?

 

Get the O2 and plug it into the Xonar D1 and headphones into the Magni,

should improve detail in the audio.

 

But I guess the Titanium HD does come with better 3D support then the Xonar D1.

post #7 of 8
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I can buy new Titanium HD for about 100$.

Pray tell, where in Europe can you get a new TiHD for $100? blink.gif
post #8 of 8
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From a friend :smile:.

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