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Hello everyone i am brand new here and i wanted some informations about my setup .

 

I currently have a creative x-fi titanium with a beyerdynamic dt 770 with hercules speakers 2.1 ->http://www.hercules.com/us/Speakers/bdd/p/143/xps-101/

 

I am about to buy a new headphone and my preference goes to Akg Q701

 

I am a gamer and use my headphone 60% of the time 40% the speakers  ( on headphone i use the game mode of my soundcard with cmss 3d sound)

 

I have some questions about the connectivity , i want to have my speakers and  headphone plugged at the same time and be able to switch from one to another easily  without plugin or unplugin cables

 

I've been looking at some thread and most of the people recommand to buy a DAC and  an amp to solve the problem .

 

But if i understand  a DAC is basicialy a soundcard  and for me plugin a soundcard to a soundcard is weirdo plus my budget is limited .

 

I was wondering if this http://electronicsusa.com/mk5.html would do the trick without losing sound quality .( if it does do you guys have a link to buy it in europe ? )

 

Do you guys have any spare solution (better quality , without sound quality loss )

 

And about the amp do i have to buy it ? what will be the improvement with it ? 

 

 

Excuse me for my English , not my native language .

 

Regards.

NoYou

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Originally Posted by NoYou View Post
 

Hello everyone i am brand new here and i wanted some information about my setup .

I currently have a creative x-fi titanium with a Beyerdynamic DT 770 with hercules speakers 2.1 ->http://www.hercules.com/us/Speakers/bdd/p/143/xps-101/

I am about to buy a new headphone and my preference goes to AkG Q701

I am a gamer and use my headphone 60% of the time 40% the speakers  ( on headphone i use the game mode of my sound card with cmss 3d sound)

I have some questions about the connectivity , i want to have my speakers and  headphone plugged at the same time and be able to switch from one to another easily  without plugin or unplugin cables

I've been looking at some thread and most of the people recommand to buy a DAC and  an amp to solve the problem .

But if i understand  a DAC is basically a sound card  and for me plugin a sound card to a sound card is weirdo plus my budget is limited .

I was wondering if this http://electronicsusa.com/mk5.html would do the trick without losing sound quality .( if it does do you guys have a link to buy it in Europe ? )

Do you guys have any spare solution (better quality , without sound quality loss )

And about the amp do i have to buy it ? what will be the improvement with it ? 

Excuse me for my English , not my native language .

Where are you located?

I'm assuming your current sound card is the Titanium (non-HD), not the Titanium-HD?

The Creative Labs SB-Z (Sound Blaster Z) sound card comes with separate ports for the headphone output and line-output (speaker).

The SBZ's headphone amplifier should do a better job of driving headphones, then your Titanium sound card.

The SB-Z's CS4398 DAC chip is better then the Titanium's CS4382 DAC chip.

post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 
I am in France.
Does the sound blaster Z has cmss3d technology? Will I be able to use my microphone too?
post #4 of 7

The SB-Z uses SBX headphone surround sound, which is Creative Labs newer headphone surround sound software.

Can't say for sure it's better then CMSS-3D, but at least it should be roughly equal to CMSS-3D.

The SB-Z has a microphone/line-input and some models of the SB-Z come with a mic.

post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 
Sounds like a great option.
I found one for around 120€ it is above my budget to be honest but if I sell back my titanium (which is non hd) I might manage it.
What about the switch option, what are your thoughts about it?
And the amp is it necessary or the sound card will be able to drive the headset without problems?
post #6 of 7
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Originally Posted by NoYou View Post

Sounds like a great option.
I found one for around 120€ it is above my budget to be honest but if I sell back my titanium (which is non hd) I might manage it.
What about the switch option, what are your thoughts about it?
And the amp is it necessary or the sound card will be able to drive the headset without problems?

120 Euros for the SB-Z seems to be too high, here in the USA the SB-Z will sell for between 43 to 64 Euros.

Maybe the switch is a better idea.

post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 
Edit : This seems to fits my needs http://dx.com/p/line5-a985-3-5mm-headphone-output-switcher-black-4-in-4-out-266636#.UwYHjPl5NIg

But i have no idea about the quality build , if you guys have any information about it ...
Edited by NoYou - 2/20/14 at 6:14am
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