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Need help deciding between two headphones for gaming and music, and a soundcard to go along with them!

post #1 of 20
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Hello, i am planning on purchasing new headphones to replace my turtle beach x41's for gaming and all genres of music, and my budget is $200(for soundcard/dac and headphones). I was going to go with the ATH-ad700x's and a xonar dg, but after reading reviews i believe it may be better to go with the dt990 pro 250 ohm and a fiios e10. I want them to be able to blow my turtle beach's out of the water in music, and be better at FPS footstep/gunshot positioning, but i'm not as picky about the gaming sounds. Also, if i go with the fiios e10 or the xonar dg/dx/ds, will they have enough power for the headphones? Thanks, and feel free to recommend any other headphones+soundcard/amp combos under $200.

post #2 of 20

Sennheiser HD558, Amazon is selling used for $94.

Creative Labs Sound Blaster Z sound card, $85.

Xonar DG/DGX sound card is OK, $20-40.

post #3 of 20
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And is the 558's mainly for music or gaming? Also, how does using a sound card and an amp work? the sound card converts it and then the amp plugs into the soundcard?


Edited by APooter - 2/27/14 at 10:07pm
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And is the 558's mainly for music or gaming? Also, how does using a sound card and an amp work? the sound card converts it and then the amp plugs into the sound card?

The SB-Z comes with a headphone amplifier built in.

To me the HD558 is good for everything, it the oldest headphone I have that I still like to use.

post #5 of 20
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I am really set on the 990's though, and i hate used heaphones. Would the dt990's, the turtle beach dss, and an amp work?

post #6 of 20

I do not think the 990s are a good idea at all especially if you are thinking of hardcore sound-horing like me. If you don't need to go super tryhard and hear out enemies on fps like me, go for it. And like Purpleangel said I say go for the HD558 for both music and gaming. If you really like sound-horing though, the Audiotechnicas are a good choice.

post #7 of 20
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I am not a super hardcore gamer, and i listen to music twice as much as I play games. Will the dt990's be better than my turtle beach x41's?

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I am not a super hardcore gamer, and i listen to music twice as much as I play games. Will the dt990's be better than my turtle beach x41's?

yes they will be worth it then. I would go for them since the Audio-Technicas are not as fun with music and other usage

post #9 of 20
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Ok, so i'll go with the 558's, and is there any good soundcards that are cheaper than the Creative Labs Sound Blaster Z sound card? I would like to keep the sound card under $70 if possible.

post #10 of 20
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Actually, if i do get them used, i could get the Creative Labs Sound Blaster Z sound card in my budget... Are Amazon used headphones reliable? Will there big noticeable damage?

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I am really set on the 990's though, and I hate used headphones. Would the DT990's, the turtle beach DSS, and an amp work?

Chances are you could daisy chain an amplifier to the TBS DSS.

post #12 of 20
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So overall, should i get dt990's(new)+turtle beach dss+cheap amp, or hd558's(used, from amazon)+Creative Labs Sound Blaster Z sound card for 65% music, 35% gaming? both options are the same price.

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So overall, should i get dt990's(new)+turtle beach dss+cheap amp, or hd558's(used, from amazon)+Creative Labs Sound Blaster Z sound card for 65% music, 35% gaming? both options are the same price.

I'm assuming this audio setup is for a Windows PC, so I'm not understanding why you would want to involve a DSS with this setup.

Install a Sound Blaster Z and plug headphones straight into it (DT990s or HD558).

The Sound blaster Z comes with a decent headphone amplifier.

post #14 of 20
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Ok, and i have heard the 558's don't have much bass, and the dt990's have too much treble, could i use an equalizer to make up for it? And thanks a bunch!

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Ok, and I have heard the 558's don't have much bass, and the DT990's have too much treble, could I use an equalizer to make up for it? And thanks a bunch!

The HD558s have bass, but just enough to be called decent.

Where as the DT990 Pro 250-Ohm is full bass & treble, which slightly overshadows the mids, but the mids are clear.

I like to think of the DT990 of having "movie theater" like sound.

I think most DT990 owners are happy enough with the DT990's type of sound.

I've never been one to use an EQ, but I'm assuming you can use it for the DT990s.

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