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Do I need a new audio card for gaming with Sennheiser HD598?

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So if I buy this headset, I want to use it mainly for gaming but also for music and video. I checked under device manager to see what sound card I have and there are 2 that appear:

 

1. ATI HDMI Audio

2. Realtek High Definition Audio

 

Both are 5.1. 

 

To get good spacial orientation in games, would i need a new sound card?

Is an amp necessery? I was thinking of this one: http://www.jdslabs.com/products/1/cmoybb-v2-03-headphone-amplifier/

I read in the guide about gaming headphones that it is recommended to buy a cable instead of the stock one. Is this true?

Does using the adapter from 6.5 to 3.5 mm affect the sound in any way?

 

 

Cheers

 

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post #2 of 9
It would probably help but it's probably not necessary. The problem with most on-board sound cards is they pick up a lot of noise from other parts of your PC. No the adapter on the hd598's will do just fine.
Edited by Byrnie - 2/17/14 at 4:10pm
post #3 of 9

What motherboard make and model do you have?

 

ATI HDMI audio is meaningless to you as it applies to HDMI output to a home theatre receiver and only passes through Dolby Digital and DTS. Realtek HD audio is what matters, however not all motherboards and Realtek codecs are the same, and features can vary. Some motherboards have THX, some have Dolby Headphones, some have nothing.

 

Byrnie is right though when stating that a motherboard's on-board audio can pick up interference and noise from other components. A PCIe sound card like Creative Labs Rekon3D, or the Asus Xonar usually have on-board headphone amps and greatly reduce, or eliminate outside noise. Both cards can be found for under $80 and come with software based 3d positioning software (Such as THX).

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Originally Posted by mattan View Post
 

So if I buy this headset, I want to use it mainly for gaming but also for music and video. I checked under device manager to see what sound card I have and there are 2 that appear:

1. ATI HDMI Audio

2. Realtek High Definition Audio

Both are 5.1. 

To get good spacial orientation in games, would i need a new sound card?

Is an amp necessary? I was thinking of this one: http://www.jdslabs.com/products/1/cmoybb-v2-03-headphone-amplifier/

I read in the guide about gaming headphones that it is recommended to buy a cable instead of the stock one. Is this true?

Does using the adapter from 6.5 to 3.5 mm affect the sound in any way?

The Senn HD558 has the same driver as the HD598 and you can get a used HD558 at Amazon for $93.90.

Here is the cable for the Senn that comes with the 3.5mm 1/8" jack.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/261255113290?var=560215640800&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

 

Asus Xonar DG or DGX sound card, $30-$40, decent DAC chip and head amp.

Creative Labs Sound Blaster Z sound card, $70, better DAC chip and more powerful head amp.

post #5 of 9
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Originally Posted by Bansaku View Post
 

What motherboard make and model do you have?

 

ATI HDMI audio is meaningless to you as it applies to HDMI output to a home theatre receiver and only passes through Dolby Digital and DTS. Realtek HD audio is what matters, however not all motherboards and Realtek codecs are the same, and features can vary. Some motherboards have THX, some have Dolby Headphones, some have nothing.

 

Byrnie is right though when stating that a motherboard's on-board audio can pick up interference and noise from other components. A PCIe sound card like Creative Labs Rekon3D, or the Asus Xonar usually have on-board headphone amps and greatly reduce, or eliminate outside noise. Both cards can be found for under $80 and come with software based 3d positioning software (Such as THX).

 

This is my board:

 

 Intel Corporation DH61WW AAG23116-204

 

But the onboard headphone amps have no volume control right? Now that you know my motherboard, do you think I would be ok just with the CMOYbb?

post #6 of 9
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Thanks guys for your comments. how do i delete this post? 


Edited by mattan - 2/18/14 at 2:02am
post #7 of 9
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post
 

The Senn HD558 has the same driver as the HD598 and you can get a used HD558 at Amazon for $93.90.

 

But I hear that the sound on the 598 cans is better...

post #8 of 9
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Originally Posted by mattan View Post
 

 

This is my board:

 

 Intel Corporation DH61WW AAG23116-204

 

But the onboard headphone amps have no volume control right? Now that you know my motherboard, do you think I would be ok just with the CMOYbb?

I wouldn't buy a portable amp for PC use. Why worry about batteries when you don't have to?

post #9 of 9
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I decided to go with the zx since they come with a volume controller and combine gaming and music
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