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Which one out of these headsets would you opt for?

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

Hello,

 

I want to get a headset, this will be my first 'good' headset because I've never paid more than $50 for a headset so far.

 

These are the options that I have access to and I can afford: (ordered by price, low-high)

1) Sennheiser HD429s

2) Sennheiser HD512

3) Sennheiser HD558
edit: (Basically anything from this store http://www.jbhifi.com.au/portable/mp3-players/head-phones/sennheiser/ currency is AUD not USD btw). The above headsets are the one that really caught my eyes though.

 

Here are the facts, my usage will mainly be for desktop media/music/gaming. At the mean time I'm using the built-in realtek chipset for audio (mobo is z87x-ud3h) and I understand that this is highly unadvised for high-price headsets. Please correct me if I'm wrong. I also prefer open-backed headphones.

 

I have no problem getting a pci-e sound card to make use of my headset and I'm more than happy to pay the price for a good piece of equipment that will serve me long term.

 

Any input is very much appreciated. I came to this forum because I'm pretty sure this is where I'll get the best advise.


Edited by Megahurts - 12/4/13 at 5:22am
post #2 of 7
Thread Starter 

Just bumping in hope that I could get a reply on this. :(

post #3 of 7
post #4 of 7
Thread Starter 

Thanks rubin.

 

One question, I read that the 558 are easy to drive, will my onboard ALC898 be enough? Or does anyone recommend that I should invest in a sound card?

post #5 of 7

hiya, If you need surroundsound, go for pci soundcard such as Asus Xnor DG or else go for budget dac/amp E10.

post #6 of 7
Thread Starter 

@rubin, I've been told on another forum that the onboard audio is good enough and paying for a soundcard is a waste of cash (I could invest in a usb amp though, e.g.: fiio e10) .. and multiple people confirmed this. So I'm not sure if your recommendation was only based on a whim or solid knowledge.

 

Thanks for the help anyhow.

post #7 of 7

well, if gaming with surround sound is main priority, then soundcard only can fulfil this requirement. But for music dac/amp is always recommended. So prioritize your need and then choose the one option which you require most!

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