Originally Posted by BradleyM29
I'm trying to decide between the HD650 and the DT990. My primary use will be with gaming and movies.
I know there is a price difference between the two but please disregard that in your recommendation.
I will be using one of them with a Xonar Essence STX or a Xonar Phoebus.
(Not really sure on the sound card yet, extra points if you want to chime in on that too!)
I don't care about gaining a competitive edge when gaming, I just want the most immersive sound quality.
Those are the main two I'm considering but if you have a strong recommendation that fits my criteria, let me know!
Check out the DT880s, a more balanced sound then the DT990.
Not sure what to say on the Senn HD650s.
Sound card wise, get the Essence STX, drivers are more mature.
I'm not sure if Asus has improved the drivers enough on the Phoebus.
Even thou the Phoebus is a newer card then the STX, the Phoebus does not really offer any practical hardware advantages, over the STX.
To me the next step above the STX/Phoebus for sound quality would be getting something like the Audio-GD NFB-15.32 external DAC & Head Amp. $255+shipping.
My 15.32 total cost was $298, shipped to me in California.
The 15.32 comes with USB and S/PDIF (optical & coaxial) inputs, so it can be connected directly to the computer's motherboard or a sound card, like the Creative Sound Blaster Z (OEM), $57.