I was just curious if I would notice a difference going from my ath-a900 that are a couple years old to the newer ath-ad700x that is open ear. I have seen some people say that the open ear format is better but by how much? I will mostly be using them to play battlefield 4 but also maybe to stream a little bit of music while gaming. I currently have an xfi-titanium non hd sound card if that matters. I was just wondering if it would be worth it at all probably not but I see a lot of people recommending them for gaming. I know battlefield 3 wasn't the best at using them like counterstrike source was when it came to hearing footsteps.
Worth going from ath-a900 to ath-ad700x?
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The Creative Sound Blaster Z (SB1500), $95, should be enough for an upgrade with your current needs (if you upgraded)
But the Titanium (non-HD) is still a good gaming card.
Maybe down the line get a external headphone amplifier (Schiit Magni, $99) for use with the Titanium.
For now maybe just spend your budget on headphones.
I've heard positive things said about the Audio Technica ATH-TAD500, mail orders from Japan for $100-$120
Or maybe find a used ATH-AD700 for under $100.
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Not really worth it unless you want a competitive edge.
AD700s were selling on eBay used for $30-$45 after shipping a couple of months back. AD700 is probably safer, as the x series have emphasized mid bass afaik. Wouldn't hurt too much if you got a steal right?
AD900 is better for music in general, but the AD700s soundstage may prove to make gaming+music easier (has for me).
Titanium is good. I listed my Musiland 02 US which you may be interested in. The amp is lacking (more than enough for either headphone), but it has excellent latency/gaming performance. Thought I'd throw that in the mix, don't hate me haha