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Do I need to buy a soundcard?

post #1 of 8
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Hi! I'm planning on buying Sennheiser PC 350 SE stereo headset for gaming, and I want to emulate virtual surround 5.1 or 7.1

 

I have motherboard 'p67a-ud3p' which claims it has : Dolby Home Theater.

 

Would that be sufficient to make that headset produce good surround sound, or I should buy sound card separately along with it?

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Shameless bump!

post #3 of 8
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Originally Posted by RyuMaster View Post
 

Hi! I'm planning on buying Sennheiser PC 350 SE stereo headset for gaming, and I want to emulate virtual surround 5.1 or 7.1

 

I have motherboard 'p67a-ud3p' which claims it has : Dolby Home Theater.

 

Would that be sufficient to make that headset produce good surround sound, or I should buy sound card separately along with it?

What would be your over all budget for a headphone and sound card combo?

post #4 of 8
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I do not mind paying for the soundcard, if it WILL have an impact. Basically, I'd like to spent something in about 300-400$ range, not more.

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I do not mind paying for the sound card, if it WILL have an impact. Basically, I'd like to spent something in about 300-400$ range, not more.

You could just try the PC350SE plugged directly into the motherboard, see how it sounds.

If it works out great, if not then just get a Creative Labs Sound Blaster Z sound card.

post #6 of 8
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Hmm, the reason I am asking, is that because this is going to be my first headset, I had no criteria for what's is 'great'.

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Hmm, the reason I am asking, is that because this is going to be my first headset, I had no criteria for what's is 'great'.

We on Head-Fi have no idea on how you like your audio.

Chances are the SB-Z sound card would improve audio quality, over the motherboard's on-board audio.

Personally I would get the Sennheiser HD558s as they are open headphones and the SB-Z comes with a microphone.

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I see now, thank you everyone for your help!

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