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post #16 of 33
Thread Starter 

The HD558s are $200 on amazon and the Sony MDR-MA900 is $200 on ebay. Which is better?

 

The Audio-Technica AD900x headphones are $200 on ebay. Are they comparable?


Edited by spooky655 - 11/13/13 at 11:55am
post #17 of 33
well the ma900 are also near 200 range on amazon, just checked. And well that depends on you. I dont know anything about the hd558s sound quality, but i know for sure the MA900 are great for their value both for gaming and music
post #18 of 33
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/cr/B007DCCK60/n=1/ref=aw_cr_i_1

these are being compared to the hd598s

You choose whats best smily_headphones1.gif
post #19 of 33
Thread Starter 

1. Can modmic - or any external mic - be used with the astro mixamp?

 

2. I noted that the AD900x headphones are available for a similar price. They seem to be recommended for music. Thoughts?

post #20 of 33
I think the modmic can be used with the mixamp. I think it has a mic jack as well and a usb if using a headset with a mic that uses usb.

are those audio technica headsets? not sure..but if they say its good for music, it might not be good for gaming. Its all about research. the only other way to know if they are good or not is trying them at a near store where they might have them
post #21 of 33
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The HD558s are $200 on amazon and the Sony MDR-MA900 is $200 on ebay. Which is better?

 

The Audio-Technica AD900x headphones are $200 on ebay. Are they comparable?


The ATH-AD900X (open) would be a more warm and musical headphone, compared to the HD558s.

I have the ATH-A900X (closed) headphones.

So for music I would take the AD900X over the HD558s

The AD900Xs should still be fairly good for gaming.

Not sure how the AD900X rate compared to the MA900

 

But i just found this thread.

http://www.head-fi.org/t/654161/review-comparison-ath-ad900x-vs-ath-ad1000x-vs-mdr-ma900-its-still-over-900

post #22 of 33
Thread Starter 

Not too many threads about gaming headphones... Someone mentioned the AD900x is too echo-ey. Heard anything about the Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO?

post #23 of 33
The DT770 are good as well but may require an amp for their full potential i think. But some say the MA900 kills the DT770
post #24 of 33
Thread Starter 

@PurpleAngel Thanks so much for the thread! I'll look it over.

 

Here is a video saying that the Audio Technica AD700 trump the Astro A40's for directional accuracy. Is it possible that the AD700's are better than the AD900x's for this purpose?

 

Here are reviews for headphones with gaming in mind. The MA900 scores very well on this, and may just be what I am looking for :)


Edited by spooky655 - 11/13/13 at 1:08pm
post #25 of 33
Thread Starter 

I noticed the Creative Labs Sound Blaster Z 30SB150200000 OEM only supports 5.1, while the Asus Xonar DX supports 7.1. Does this matter for the MA900s? What are the Pros and Cons of each?

post #26 of 33
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Does the sound card serve the same purpose as the Mix-amp?

You might consider getting a low cost headphone, like Superlux or Takstar, for now.

Plug the headphones directly into the motherboard.

Then wait till after Christmas, when sales are slow and stuff goes on sale, see what you can get a deal on.

You might have a better idea on what "audio upgrades" you would like by then.

post #27 of 33
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post
 

You might consider getting a low cost headphone, like Superlux or Takstar, for now.

Plug the headphones directly into the motherboard.

Then wait till after Christmas, when sales are slow and stuff goes on sale, see what you can get a deal on.

You might have a better idea on what "audio upgrades" you would like by then.

I already have Klipsch S4 IEMs that I consider to be sub-optimal for gaming.

 

 

Assuming that I do get the MA900s, can you explain why you recommended the Creative 5.1 sound card over the Asus 7.1 sound card?


Edited by spooky655 - 11/19/13 at 11:18am
post #28 of 33
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I already have Klipsch S4 IEMs that I consider to be sub-optimal for gaming.

 

Assuming that I do get the MA900s, can you explain why you recommended the Creative 5.1 sound card over the Asus 7.1 sound card?

I'm far from a gaming "expert", even thou I've been computer gaming off and on sense 1979?

I'm as Asus Fan, currently using a Essence STX.

(I'm currently using a external DAC/Amp (NFB-15.32) and going to swap out the STX for a Xonar DX)

But I try to recommend computer audio for a given budget, I think it's usually better to spend more of a budget for headphones, then the sound cards & DAC/Amps.

The newer Creative cards support 5.1 speaker output and most Asus cards support 7.1 speaker output.

But Headphone Surround Sound processing my not be limited (guessing) by the sound cards speaker outputs.

For around the $100 price range, the SB-Z is the only sound card that has a built in headphone amplifier.

The Asus Xonar DX/D1 sound cards seem more like cards that come with a line-output that pretends to function as "headphone amplifier", their "Front" speaker/headphone jack has an output impedance of 100-Ohms, which might give headphones a bloated bass (louder, less detail).

I do think getting an Xonar DX/D1 (used $60)with an external headphone amplifier, like the Magni (or O2), makes a great combo. The Xonar DX/D1 come with the CS4398 DAC chip :) and to me the Magni and O2 are preferred head amps over any sound card's built in headphone amplifier.

post #29 of 33
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I see. The Creative card/amplifier is half the price of the Asus card and an amplifier you suggested, so it seems like the better choice. I am okay with spending $200 on the headphones and $85 on the Creative sound card if you think that is a good distribution of money.

post #30 of 33
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I see. The Creative card/amplifier is half the price of the Asus card and an amplifier you suggested, so it seems like the better choice. I am okay with spending $200 on the headphones and $85 on the Creative sound card if you think that is a good distribution of money.


One of the negative things about the Sound blaster Z (& Zx) that it's headphone output impedance is 22-Ohms.

Technically with the Z & Zx you would want to use a headphone with an impedance of 176-Ohms or higher.

The Sony MDR-MA900 has an impedance of 12-Ohm.

Really the best way to drive the 12-Ohm MA900 with a computer is to use an external headphone amplifier with a really low output impedance, like the Magni or O2.

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