Hi, i'm a noob on the audio topic but i need some headphones for gaming and music and at first i thought of buying an Astro A40.
After reading a lot of reviews i changed my mind and aim for the Sennheiser hd 598 or hd 558, not sure yet.
I own a Gryphon z87 motherboard and use onboard sound at the moment with Razer surround software.
This are my questions:
a) Are the Sennheiser hd 598/558 better than astro a40 for gaming and music? i play games way more than hearing music.
i hear mostly rock like pearl jam, kings of leon, red hot chilli peppers. And i play all kind of games: FPS, Action, RPGs.
b) Is the 100 dlls difference between 598 and 558 worth it?
From what i've read im going to need a sound card that can give me DH, DLL and 7.1 Surround. The problem is that here where i live i can only find these cards:
Xonar dx, Xonar ds, Xonar STX (way out of my budget) and Xonar USB U3.
I was thinking on getting the xonar dx because of the 7.1 but it doesn't have a headphone amp which again, from what i've read is needed for the Sennheiser.
The Xonar ds doesn't have pcie and i dont have pci on my MoBo so think that ones i out.
The Xonar USB3 has all i need (7.1 and amp) but its mostly for notebooks, i don't know if it will perform well.
c) Should i buy the Xonar DX and an amp like Fiio e6? Would this work?
or should i go for the Xonar USB U3?
(Xonar DX + Fiio e6 is about 150 dlls.)
(Xonar usb U3 is about 40dlls.)
Thanks for helping me, also im sorry for my english, i'm trying my best