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post #1 of 6
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Hello All,

 

First off I would like to thank these forums.  I have been completely lost in what I should be getting with a good set of headphones and simply looking over this forum I have been able to narrow down some choices and figure out what all I will be needing to get the headphones to work correctly.

 

For Christmas we are getting a new 50" TV for the living room and our old 50" will be going into the basement.  When the kids are sleeping I would like to when I am awake enough anyways use the basement TV for gaming (ps3 and wii as of right now), movies, and general TV use.  Headphones are a must to keep the volume down and I have been looking for a decent under $200 headphone to go with this setup.

 

When I first started studying headphones for this use I looked at wireless setups like the Sennheiser RS 170 or Sony MDRDS6500.  After reading up on headphones more I decided that more than likely wired headphones will give me more of what I am looking for in sound (I know a real shocker there!).  Right now I am loooking at two possible options Sennheiser HD 558 and the Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro 250 ohm.  I have read enough to know the negatives and positives of each option here.  I do wish I can test these out but I have nowhere locally to do that but I am slightly leaning towards the DT 990 with the improved base for gaming and movie use but I am not completely sure.

 

Here is my main question I have an old receiver it's probably maybe 10 years old now that I would like to hookup down in the basement.  The receiver is a Digital Cinema Sound Studio EX from Sony and the model is STR-K850P.  My TV has an optical out and this receiver does have an optical in.  I have been reading up on amps and dacs for these types of headphones and am wondering if this reciever would be a good enough substitute to go with instead of purchasing an amp and dac at least for the near future.  Will this type of receiver for what I am doing maybe while not get the best sound can it give me a great sound out of these headphones for my setup I would like to go with here.  I am just not sure that the receiver will be able to give me what I need to get these headphones to sound great or not.  Any input on this will be greatly appreciated.

post #2 of 6

I would say to not use the Sony and invest into a modern receiver.

Yamaha RX-V671 A/V receiver, here is a refurb for $300.

http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/YAMRXV671BL/YAMAHA-RX-V671-7.1-Channel-Network-AV-Receiver/1.html

 

Connect everything using HDMI (WII optical?) and plug the DT990s straight into the Yamaha.

The Yamaha comes with Silent Cinema, Yamaha's own headphone surround sound technology.

post #3 of 6
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Thanks for the reply.  I have read up on the yamaha receiver this is an option I may look for down the road as of right now I don't want to invest that much money into a receiver.  I have also read good things about the ASTRO Gaming MixAmp if I decide to go with a good amp down the road without the cost of a receiver like the one you recommend.  Is it not good to use the optical out on a TV for headphone use?  Is this Sony receiver not going to give me enough juice for these headphones I am looking at purchasing? 

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Originally Posted by bafio View Post
 

Thanks for the reply.  I have read up on the Yamaha receiver this is an option I may look for down the road as of right now I don't want to invest that much money into a receiver.  I have also read good things about the ASTRO Gaming MixAmp if I decide to go with a good amp down the road without the cost of a receiver like the one you recommend.  Is it not good to use the optical out on a TV for headphone use?  Is this Sony receiver not going to give me enough juice for these headphones I am looking at purchasing? 

How many sources (PS3, WII, Cable TV, etc) are you going to use in the basement?

 

It might be better to plug something like the Astro mix-amp directly into the source, like the PS3 or WII.

You need to use DDL (Dolby Dgitial live) which can compress up to 6-channels of audio, to be sent thru the optical connection, where the mix-amp can uncompress the audio and process it into Headphone surround sound, by the time the audio signal comes out the TV, it might be PCM (uncompressed) 2-channel audio.

 

I would assume the Sony can drive 250-Ohm (DT990) headphones, the Sony uses the speaker amplifier to power the headphones.

 

You might consider trying to find a low costing used Yamaha receiver, off Craigslist, as long as it has enough HDMI inputs, it will be new enough. I'm going to guess modern Blu-ray movies sound better with HDMI.

The S/PDIF optical connection might do pass the full audio of a modern Blu-ray movie.

Someone might be selling a used receiver for $100.

post #5 of 6
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This is all very helpful thank you.  From what you are saying it sounds like the DT990 headphones should work fine with my receiver but if I am looking for a complete movie surround sound experience I will have to upgrade what I have.  This is basically what I am looking for right now.  I am sure I will upgrade in the future I just want to make sure if I just get the headphones now and plug it into my receiver it won't sound bad.  Unless I hear otherwise (I won't be making a purchase on headphones for a couple of weeks) I will use what I have now and upgrade down the road with probably a better receiver as that will fit my needs better.

 

As for what I will be connecting to the TV it will be a lot.  For general use I will be plugging in a media computer, ps3, wii, eventually a couple years down the road the wii will be replaced by the wii u (my 7 year old loves mario kart) and I will be adding a ps4.  I have also modded old not working video game systems basically gutting the old parts out and putting computer parts in and modding the controller ports to work correctly on a PC.  Then I use emulation on the computer to play retro games through HDMI on the TV.  I will be hooking these systems up probably through a method like this here.  Right now I have a NES, SNES, and Genesis hooked up this way and will be looking at possibly adding more in the future.


Edited by bafio - 12/6/13 at 7:13am
post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 

After doing some more digging I am actually thinking the Sony MDRMA900 is the best overall option for the price point I am going with.  If anyone feels differently with what I am going with and my setup feel free to comment.  I am still debating on a receiver or amp for my setup in the future but I think I will be happy with what I have and the headset I am thinking of getting for right now.

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