I want to build a new PC for gaming and want to upgrade my Headset too. I am using Logitech G35 for a couple of years now and I have read that a Combination of a nice pair of Headphones with a Mic (like the Zalman ZM-MIC1) would be much better and cheaper then buying a Gaming-Headset.
There are three Headphones I can't decide between:
Beyerdynamic DT770, 880 and 990 (Pro or Edition?) 250Ohms.
So far I know the DT880 is more the allrounder wich makes it my favourite and the DT990 is more open and has more bass. It doesn't matter if its closed or not, because I will only use it at home with my PC. Thats why the DT770 is not really a choice over the DT990.
The only Difference of the Pro and Edition-Version is, as far as I know, the Contact Pressure, wich is higher with the Pro Version and makes it just a little bit more bass heavy, right?
I think I'll just ordner both as Edition-Versions with 250Ohms and send one of them back.
Then there is the big Question: What should I get to drive it. Soundcard or DAC/AMP Combo?
The G35 is a 7.1 Headset and I really like it because in Games (CS:S, CoD, etc.) its important for me to know where my Enemy is. But I read other Posts and watched a YouTube Video where they said that even with a DAC/AMP Combo it is easy to locate Enemys and even some professional Gamers turned the Surround-Effects off because of interference.
I'm not sure about this Dolby Headphone-Feature. Some say it's good, others don't.
And then there are DAC/AMP Combos... Here is what I'm considering:
Asus Xonar Essence STX because of the Dolby-Headphone-Feature or a DAC/AMP Combo in the same Price Range.
The Fiio Olympus E10, I think is a Entry-Level DAC/AMP. Then there is the Audioengine D1 wich is more than double the Price.
The HRT microstreamer, a little bit more expensive than the D1 but people seem to love it, the DragonFly, the Schiit Modi and Magni or the JDS Labs O2+ODAC Combo.
It doesn't need multiple Ouputs and it doesn't need to be portable. I would prefer a USB-powered DAC/AMP Combo.
I want to use it for not only gaming, but watching Movies, leaning back and listening to Music (that really depends. I like listening to Metalcore but also enjoy listening to House or something similar).
I'm searching for an overall good Audio Experience. I could just order everything and test all Combinations but that would be pretty much.
And I'm a little bit on a Budget (around 350-400€). All Headphones are around 190€, the DT770 and 990 Pro 160€, the 880 Pro 220€ (I live in Germany, Price is from Amazon..). The STX is around 150€, the Fiio around 70€, D1 170€, HRT 190€, Dragonfly 200€, JDS 300€. The Schiit isn't avaiable at all.
So, whats the most bang for the buck?
Thanks in Advance and sorry if the Grammar is a little bit bad at some Point. I'm from Germany and pretty young.
Edited by crystal8194 - 1/5/14 at 10:53am