G'day Head-Fi users,
Well I've just spent the past 3 weeks reading the novel over in "the-nameless-guide-to-pc-gaming-audio-with-binaural-headphone-surround-sound" and currently have made it to page 151.
I'm now at a point where I'm beginning to only see a blur of text and nothing new is sinking in... This is a cry for help and advise relating to my particular requirements which I had hoped to discover solo by reading this forum inside and out.
Hmm where to begin - well first I'm a long time "media promoted rubbish", gaming headset user... microphones that would sound better using 2 cups and a piece of string; 5.1 (tiny) speakers from zalman and medusa as the 'true' surround sounds (and yes it's extremely accurate but the sound quality was very metallic and scratchy). I scoffed at the idea of stereo headsets being surround and refused to listen to anyone who said otherwise... until 2 months ago when I had to pleasure of listening to a m-100. This was heaven and with a raised eyebrow I took their advise to read the forums here
Now after reading so much on here I've discovered that isn't even the tip of the iceberg about what's good, what's great, and what's sex for the ears.
What next? Might as well list my current rig then what I hope to achieve after that. In no particular order:
Corsair SP-2500 2.1 Speaker (impulse buy... I have no idea why...)
OCZ 128G Vector Series SSD * 2 (raid 1)
Seagate Expansion 3TB USB3 external HDD
Zalman 1250W 80+ Platinum PSU
TP-LINK TL-WDN4800 - 450Mbps Wireless N Dual Band PCI Express Adapter
Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme All In One Liquid Cooling
Seagate SATA3 1TB 7200RPM 64mb Cache
NZXT Switch 810 Full Tower case
Windows 8 64bit
Logitech G710+ Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
LGE CH12NS30 Black Blue ray HD Combo
i7 3970X (OC to 4.7 when I'm bored - nothing I do really requires this)
G Skill 16G(4X4G) DDR3 2133MHZ PC3-17000 CL9(L9Q-16GBZH)
Asus RAMPAGE IV EXTREME X79
Asus GTX 690 PCI-E
Viewsonic VX2025wm (older, DVI died - using VGA)
ROG gaming mouse GX850 (was from an ASUS G73JH laptop that I bricked - no drivers available for any other PC as far as I can tell)
I was using a wireless World of Warcraft headset (terrible quality sound) until 2 weeks ago when I was broken into... and the thieves took a lot of my house mates items but from my room they took only the 2 PC items - 2 USB's in the front of the tower, one of which was the soundcard for the headset... considering myself very lucky but nevertheless the headset is now a paper weight...
Now - what I would like to achieve:
- Part time gamer *edit* guess I should clarify if it wasn't obvious - currently a PC only gamer. When I have a chance to put my feet up. I want that competitive edge over the typical player so I can hear the faintest footsteps and pinpoint through walls as I used to with my zalmans.
- Newbie to audiophile but as I'm massively motivated by music I wish to listen to the most pure and nature audio my ears can handle (slight issue with my right ear - a muscle doesn't function to control the volume of sounds. Left side is fine though). Just a quick side note - I do still enjoy a bit of 'club' music but not the teenage techno. More something to move to and get the blood flowing. Bit of a bass hit is nice at times.
- Curiously interested in other forms of music that go beyond stereo. Totally an virgin in this area and haven't a clue what I'm talking about but I was told you can get hold of studio music that makes you feel like you're surrounded my the instruments in all directions? Have I been fed foolish stories?
How I currently think I will achieve above goal:
- Disable realtek HD onboard
- Remove TP-LINK card from the only PCI-E slot and get a USB wireless card instead
- Install a creative Z,Zx,ZxR (really not sold yet on which one I should be using - not going to factor in $ value for the final decision)
- <insert DAC and/or AMP here if required> - all I know is they can help with a few PC related issues with audio such as interference (which i used to get with my older creative titanium), but how they work and what is the optimal one for me is ... yeah...
- Place orgasmic headphones on head - I've seen the AKG brand mentioned some 200 times more than anything else so far... is this a sign?
So with all that in mind where do I go from here?
Edited by Wibble Wobble - 2/5/14 at 3:44am