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Hey all new user just signed up, been lurking for the last few days and figured I might as well make an account and look for some input on getting the best sound out of the headphones I just ordered for a pc I'm building.  I found a Beyerdynamic MMX300 headset on sale $160 and was wondering how I would go about getting the best sound out of them on the PC I'm building?  Will I need to get something like a Astro Mixamp or similar product?

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Welcome! sorry about  your wallet.

 

I'd recommend a Little Dot i+, but I'm biased and I'm not sure how they would work with Beyers (or most headsets for that matter).

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Welcome! sorry about  your wallet.

 

I'd recommend a Little Dot i+, but I'm biased and I'm not sure how they would work with Beyers (or most headsets for that matter).

wow that's pretty nifty but probably not idea for a gaming setup? I need something for pc Headset/Gaming Movies/Music as well? Did some googling and came up with these 2 gaming sound cards, both made with "audiophile components", 600 ohm headphone amp built in Both come with a ACM with Headphone output & mic input ect ect.

 

http://us.creative.com/p/sound-blaster/sound-blaster-zx

 

http://www.asus.com/ca-en/Sound_Cards_and_DigitaltoAnalog_Converters/ROG_Xonar_Phoebus/

 

Anyone have experience or opinions on these? or know something better?

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i wouldnt take the Zx, its way too expensive. Its basicly 99% a Soundblaster Z, just slightly better capacitors.

The Amp is also not very strong.

Creative only says, it can drive 600 ohm headphones. Not how good. The Phoebus (solo) is at a similar price range, but better components and a stronger amp.

160$ for an mmx 300 is AWESOME. get that ;)

 

But since it would be the 32 Ohm version, you wont need a strong amp anyway. Get the Soundblaster Z (not zx) if you really need SBX Trustudio as surround simulation, get the Phoebus for a better card, ready for better headphones in the future, and 3 different surround modi, or if you dont need things like that, stick to something like the Fiio E10~.

But i guess, the Phoebus would be great for Gaming, if you want to use the software ^^"

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i wouldnt take the Zx, its way too expensive. Its basicly 99% a Soundblaster Z, just slightly better capacitors.

The Amp is also not very strong.

Creative only says, it can drive 600 ohm headphones. Not how good. The Phoebus (solo) is at a similar price range, but better components and a stronger amp.

160$ for an mmx 300 is AWESOME. get that ;)

 

But since it would be the 32 Ohm version, you wont need a strong amp anyway. Get the Soundblaster Z (not zx) if you really need SBX Trustudio as surround simulation, get the Phoebus for a better card, ready for better headphones in the future, and 3 different surround modi, or if you dont need things like that, stick to something like the Fiio E10~.

But i guess, the Phoebus would be great for Gaming, if you want to use the software ^^"


Thanks for the info ^_^

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For gaming stick to an internal soundcard with some kind of virtual surround tech. Try out this test to see if you prefer the Creative or ASUS implementation http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9ApNLMmeAs I had an ASUS Esscence for many years and thought it's dolby implemtation could be a little echoey. Good for competitive gaming as it really let you zero in on sounds, but it sounded odd when you were just trying to get into a game.

If you find yourself getting more into music and less focused on the gaming then you can consider getting an external amp and DAC. For gaming though, you just can't beat an ASUS or Creative card.

And feel free to PM me if you want any help with the PC you're building. Hardly an expert but I've put 4-5 of them together myself. It's a great experiance. biggrin.gif
Edited by MohawkUS - 1/1/14 at 12:00am
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For gaming stick to an internal soundcard with some kind of virtual surround tech. Try out this test to see if you prefer the Creative or ASUS implementation http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9ApNLMmeAs I had an ASUS Esscence for many years and thought it's dolby implemtation could be a little echoey. Good for competitive gaming as it really let you zero in on sounds, but it sounded odd when you were just trying to get into a game.

If you find yourself getting more into music and less focused on the gaming then you can consider getting an external amp and DAC. For gaming though, you just can't beat an ASUS or Creative card.

And feel free to PM me if you want any help with the PC you're building. Hardly an expert but I've put 4-5 of them together myself. It's a great experiance. biggrin.gif


At this point I might as well continue to go big or go home, I figure I'll grab a Asus Xonar Phoebus.  I really want the ACM with Headphone output / mic input since the Beryerdynamic headset I picked up doesn't have any controls built into it (at least I don't think it does).

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At this point I might as well continue to go big or go home, I figure I'll grab a Asus Xonar Phoebus.  I really want the ACM with Headphone output / mic input since the Beryerdynamic headset I picked up doesn't have any controls built into it (at least I don't think it does).

Looks like a good card, is it the new version of the Essence STX?
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Looks like a good card, is it the new version of the Essence STX?

the phoebus? no its a card of its own, designed with gaming in mind.
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I wouldn't get a sound card in the PC. It's a bad environment for it. I can't really explain it, but go on YouTube and look up tek syndicate gaming audio myths.
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I wouldn't get a sound card in the PC. It's a bad environment for it. I can't really explain it, but go on YouTube and look up tek syndicate gaming audio myths.

The good sound cards are built with that in mind, they've got shielding over the most sensitive components. They can actually be a really good value considering you are buying just audio circuitry(Rather than that, a power supply, and an enclosure.) The DAC in the Essence STX I used to have was superior to the Schiit Bifrost imo. Of course I think the quality of your PSU will affect the sound to some degree, I'm running an XFX power supply.
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Ok, but make sure the shielding isn't there just for show.
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