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Audio setup for my PC and PS4?

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I want a setup that I will be able to use with my PC and my new PS4. I will be gaming on both. Should I get a DAC and an amp or a receiver with that stuff built in? Also, why wouldn't a DAC give me surround sound for PC gaming? I'm really new to this stuff and am very confused. Thanks!
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What's your price range.  DACs will give you no advantage as far as imaging is concerned over onboard sound unless you have headphones with multiple drivers in each cup.  I would just get easy to drive (low impedance) headphones and skip the amp/dac unless you're really concerned about high sound quality and have high bitrate/lossless music to match it.  

 

I always recommend AD700s for gaming but this should help you:
http://www.head-fi.org/t/534479/mad-lust-envys-headphone-gaming-guide-updated-9-2-2013-sony-ma900-added


Edited by linglingjr - 11/20/13 at 12:41pm
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If you have stereo headphones, you could consider getting a surround sound processor.  A relatively cheap one is the Turtle Beach Ear Force DSS or the DSS2.

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Originally Posted by bigbenrfan99 View Post
 

If you have stereo headphones, you could consider getting a surround sound processor.  A relatively cheap one is the Turtle Beach Ear Force DSS or the DSS2.

Again unless you have headphones with more than two drivers "virtual surround sound"  is a joke.  

 

EDIT:

The modi is a great first DAC for your computer but you'll need an amp if you want to use it ( I'd get a schiit magni to match your dac)

 

The M50s don't need (nor will they benefit from an external amp.  I have no limited experience with speakers but I would rather use headphones than speakers for gaming any day and I can't comment on the quality of that receiver or those speakers.

 

If I was you I'd just get the AD700s and plug them right into your computer and use them for your PS4 too (assuming your TV has a headphone/audio out)

 

iirc the ad700s (like most nice cans) have a ten foot cable so you can still sit far enough away from the TV.  


Edited by linglingjr - 11/20/13 at 7:04pm
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