New to the forum, thought I would join because I'm looking for a pretty specific setup.
At the moment I have a Creative X-fi, (not titanium or anything) think it's 3-4 years old and it has been working great for a while now (been having issues with it randomly not working, thinking maybe drivers. Very randomly!) . Bought it a while ago before I knew anything about computers, chose that one because of the optical port which I use with a home theater system which I don't care for anymore. For gaming I have been using the Razer Megalodon and it's not bad, but it isn't great either and the more I've researched lately, I do not want a USB headset. I want great directional sound for FPS gaming like BF4 but also want an option that I can have quality sounding music. I like to consider myself a cheap Audiophile, not willing to fork out a ton of cash but wanting quality sound. Looking at picking up a pair of Audio Technica AD700x and possibly the Astro a40 mixamp for my XBONE. So my questions are as follows...
- Should I replace my sound card, or will this sound card be good enough to get me directional sound for FPS?
- Is the Astro's mixamp good enough that I should just use that for PC also?
- I'm also looking for an awesome sound card or DAC for music, which would be best way to go for music?
- Are the AD700x the best choice for my price range for gaming and music(I know they lack bass but that doesn't bother me)? If I don't need an expensive card or DAC, I will spend more on cans.
My budget is roughly $400-450 to pickup headphones, sound card/DAC.
So far I've found the AD700x at $140 and a mixamp for $60 used. Therefore I have $200-250 for soundcard or DAC. My #1 choice has been the Xonar Phoebus so far
All opinions welcome, there is just too many options now when looking at sound cards or DACs and not sure which option would be my best choice.