I spend quite some time on the PC (working, gaming, music ...) and I always cared about good design/graphics, but never put lot of thought into audio. However, a couple of days ago, I had the chance to try out a pair of beyerdynamics DT880 headphones and I was amazed by the clear and overall good sound quality these headphones provided. Long story short, I tasted blood and I want more of that.
So, I've read through a couple of threads on head-fi and other forums regarding good setups for gaming and music. Since both have very different requirements, I plan on getting two setups. One "competitive setup" for gaming (mainly focusing on good positioning in FPS, like Battlefield 4) and one "quality setup" for music (rock, blues, metal) and movies. As for the later one, I will choose a pair of high quality headphones once I am done with the first setup. So this thread is mainly about the gaming setup.
Thanks to Mad Lust Envy's amazing thread I already got some good insight on gaming headphones. As of right now, I have the K701, HD 598 and ATH-AD700(X) in mind. Probably going to compare them anytime soon, so I don't have any questions here. But if you have any additional suggestions, feel free to add them ;)
Now, here is the major issue: Deciding on a good soundcard/DAC/amp. I am kinda lost and that's why I decided to open this thread! Overall, a soundcard seems to be the best bet, because of the inability of standalone DACs to simulate suroundsound (-> positioning)?! A lot of people recommend the Creative X-Fi Titanium HD. Is this mainly because of CMSS-3D support or does this card also do any good in sound quality (-> music)? In addition, unlike other soundcards (like the STX) this one has no integrated amplifier (does it?). Do I have to buy a seperate amp? (Are there good alternatives/"better" cards?)
Thanks for your help! ;)
Btw: I am pretty new to quality audio, don't hate on me if I get things wrong
Edited by gods - 12/10/13 at 11:47am