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post #1 of 5
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Hi everybody,

 

So I very recently (accidentally) discovered that my previous notions about good gaming audio were completely wrong. That is why I am looking to upgrade.

I am currently using some onboard sound chip (can't tell you exactly which one, because I'm not at home atm) and as a headset I'm using the Creative Tactical 3D Alpha.

 

The upgrade path that I chose so far is for new headphones are either the Superlux HD681 and/or the Superlux HD681B.

I gather that they will be an amazing step up from the phones I'm using right now, despite their 20€ price tag.

The choice was made to get best possible positioning while playing fps games. From what I read online (semi) open headphones will make for a bigger soundstage, give a more immersive feeling and allow for better locating/positioning.

If you have any alternatives, in a price segment not too much higher, it'd be much appreciated.

Further down the road I may consider getting some DT 990 Pros, but I think the HD681s will be a good enough entry-level pair for me.

 

Edit: Would the Beyerdynamic DTX-910 be noticably better than the Superluxs?

 

The main point I would like some help with though is the soundcard. As I mentioned I would like to be able to really feel like I'm in the game, soundwise.

To me the choice would be between the Creative Sound Blaster Z (get bulk or retail ?) the Asus Xonar DX and the DGX.

 

My questions here are:

 

1) Will there be a big difference between 5.1 and 7.1 virtual surround for locating sound sources in game?

 

2) Would SBX Surround be better than Dolby, or are they basically just two names for the same thing? Games I play FPS games like CS 1.6, CS:GO, BF 3 and RPGs if that is important.

 

3) The Sound Blaster Z claims to be able to drive up to 600 Ohms, If I chose either of the Asus ones, would they be able to handle DT 990s ?

 

4) Are there any better solutions for around the same kind of money out there?

 

 

Thank you very much in advance for your help. Any comment is appreciated.


Edited by Sojabohne - 1/8/14 at 12:50pm
post #2 of 5

I would say for now just to get the Xonar DGX (or even cheaper DG).

Maybe sometime in the future when your looking to upgrade from the HD681s, you can make sure you get a headphone/sound card combo that works well together.

post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 

Thank you very much for your input.

 

Can you comment on whether using the DGX vs the DG would influence the locating of sound sources?

Are both of them strong enough to drive the 2*32 Ohms?

 

I'm very new to HiFi, so please excuse me if the questions are too simple.

post #4 of 5
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Originally Posted by Sojabohne View Post
 

Thank you very much for your input.

 

Can you comment on whether using the DGX vs the DG would influence the locating of sound sources?

Are both of them strong enough to drive the 2*32 Ohms?

 

I'm very new to HiFi, so please excuse me if the questions are too simple.

The DGX and DG offer the same features and performance, the DGX is PCI-E and the DG is PCI.

The DG/DGX can easily drive 32-Ohm headphones, like the HD-681.

post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 

Thank you very much again, then.I guess the DGX or the DG it is then.

That saved me about 40 to 50€ compared to the Sound Blaster Z then.

 

Do you think I should put that right back into getting a better pair of Headphones like the DTX-910? Are they better for what I want? Or would you suggest I save up for a pair of DT990 Pros and a better soundcard?

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