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Need advice on a headphone setup for gaming,

post #1 of 12
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I have somewhere between £350 and £400 to spend. 

Hello people of Head-Fi.

I'm thinking of getting a new audio setup and would like some advice.

What do you think?

I listen to classical music, pop (Queen, Beatles etc...) and I bit of Jazz. I also play a lot of video games and watch lots of YouTube videos.

I live in a fairly noisy area but it's not too bad with the windows closed.

 

I've already asked for advice here, but my budget has since changed.

 

I was thinking of the AKG Q701s and an Asus Xonar Essence STX sound card as I hear Dolby Headphones is great.

 

I live in Italy, but my dad often visits me here so he can bring stuff from England seeing as it's usually cheaper there.


Edited by Jobobee - 12/27/13 at 9:48am
post #2 of 12
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I updated the thread a little.

Any advice is greatly appreciated.

post #3 of 12
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Forgot to mention, I'll mainly be doing single player, so not competitive.
post #4 of 12

The q701's bass is quite tame, but its soundstage is quite big.

 

What sort of quality in headphones are you looking for? For example, a lot of people say soundstage is immersive, while others say it's bass. 

 

take a look at this thread.

http://www.head-fi.org/t/534479/mad-lust-envys-headphone-gaming-guide-updated-12-27-2013-mrspeakers-alpha-dog-added

post #5 of 12
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Yeah, the Q701 sounds like it's pretty good. I kinda need some advice on an AMP + DAC. 

I'm not a big fan of high bass TBH. I personally think that the soundstage can make it more immersive.


Edited by Jobobee - 12/27/13 at 2:22pm
post #6 of 12

Hello, I have the Q701 and I like them a lot. They are great for gaming, having big soundstage, but even better for listening to music. True, they are a little bass lite, but the bass is very tight and fast and I think should be perfect for Classical or jazz music. You can find them on amazon.it for 250 €. I doubt, you can find them any cheaper.

 

For the dac/amp, I would look at the Shiit Modi - Magni or the O2 ODAC. I haven't heard them yet, but they are highly regarded. The Shiit products cost 100 $ each, but you will have to add taxes, as they are imported from US. But you are still inside your budget. The O2 ODAC is a little bit more expencive I think.

post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by BrezicR View Post
 

Hello, I have the Q701 and I like them a lot. They are great for gaming, having big soundstage, but even better for listening to music. True, they are a little bass lite, but the bass is very tight and fast and I think should be perfect for Classical or jazz music. You can find them on amazon.it for 250 €. I doubt, you can find them any cheaper.

 

For the dac/amp, I would look at the Shiit Modi - Magni or the O2 ODAC. I haven't heard them yet, but they are highly regarded. The Shiit products cost 100 $ each, but you will have to add taxes, as they are imported from US. But you are still inside your budget. The O2 ODAC is a little bit more expencive I think.

The shipping is like $50 on the Vali + Modi. The problem is that they don't support Dolby Headphones, and I hear it's actually really good.

post #8 of 12

As far as I know, no amp truly support Dolby Headphones and Q701 are not Dolby. So I don't know why would that be a problem. 

post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by BrezicR View Post

As far as I know, no amp truly support Dolby Headphones and Q701 are not Dolby. So I don't know why would that be a problem. 
Dolby Headphones is a virtual surround sound system.
Internal sound cards support them.
post #10 of 12
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Would the K702 or the Q701 be better?

I don't know if the K702 is the same as the K702 Anniversary edition.

post #11 of 12
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What should I get for an AMP/DAC?

An internal sound card or something like the Audio-GD NFB-15.32 DAC/Amp

post #12 of 12
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Originally Posted by Jobobee View Post
 

Would the K702 or the Q701 be better?

I don't know if the K702 is the same as the K702 Anniversary edition.

 

from most to least bass.

 

K702 annie (bass above neutral) > q701 (just a bit more bass than k702 but still below neutral) > k702

 

soundstage is technically the same, however, higher quantity of bass reduces perceived soundstage.

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