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Will this setup work? - Sennheiser HD 598

post #1 of 4
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Hello,

 

I am a little new to purchasing high end headphones and am currently wondering about two different options for my setup. After reading through a couple of forums here I am pretty sure I have come to an understanding of what will work for me.

 

This setup is to be used with both a Playstation 3 and a PC:

 

Setup 1:

 

Sennheiser HD 598

 

http://www.amazon.ca/Sennheiser-Headphones-Burl-Wood-Accents/dp/B0042A8CW2

 

Paired with a mic to make it compatible for voice chat in game:

 

Zalman ZM-MIC1 Microphone

 

http://www.amazon.ca/Zalman-ZM-MIC1-Microphone/dp/B00029MTMQ/ref=pd_bxgy_ce_img_b

 

Lastly to connect everything together to a PS3:

 

Astro MixAmp Pro:

 

http://www.astrogaming.com/mixamp%E2%84%A2-pro/3AM99-HBU9X-975.html?dwvar_3AM99-HBU9X-975_color=Black

 

 

 

Would I need any additional cables in order to make this setup work on PS3? My understanding is I would also need a TOS Optical cable. As far as I understand I plug the Headphones/Mic into the inputs on the MixAmp device and then connect it via Optical cable to the PS3? Does anyone know if this is correct?

 

Setup 2:

 

Use the Sennheiser PC 360 HD headset in conjunction with the MixAmp to connect to PS3. In your opinions is it a huge difference going from the 360 to the HD598 in terms of sound quality?

 

Thank you for any assistance anyone can provide I really appreciate it, I have been trying to do a lot of research into this and most people seem to be of the opinion that headphones with an external mic are going to be superior sound quality then that of headset with a mic built in.

post #2 of 4

The Senn HD518, HD558, HD598, PC360 all use the same 50-Ohm diaphragm.

I would say to get the HD558.

And get the Astro mix-amp for use with the gaming consoles and an Asus Xonar DG for use with the PC.

post #3 of 4
Thread Starter 

Hi PurpleAngel,

 

Thanks for the reply, I appreciate your advice. I was looking at the reviews for the Asus Xonar DG and it looks like a great soundcard for the budget. 

 

If I was to plug in the Senn HD558 headphones to the Xonar DG sound card on my PC would I then just plug a clip-on style mic to be able to use voice chat with games? Do you have any suggestions for a mic to use with it or was the one I selected above a pretty decent choice? Amazon had recommended it to bundle with the the 558's is the only reason I was going with it. 

 

So my understanding is that I would bypass the Astro Mixer when connecting to PC and only use it when I needed to hookup to a console? The Xonar DG sond card handles all of the audio singal work as far as PC goes or would I benefit from using the mixer with the sound card?

 

Sorry for all the questions, I appreciate your help just trying to get a firm grasp on what I am doing, and your suggestions were helpful, seems like an affordable route to go.

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Originally Posted by jacoblaha View Post
 

Thanks for the reply, I appreciate your advice. I was looking at the reviews for the Asus Xonar DG and it looks like a great sound card for the budget. 

If I was to plug in the Senn HD558 headphones to the Xonar DG sound card on my PC would I then just plug a clip-on style mic to be able to use voice chat with games? Do you have any suggestions for a mic to use with it or was the one I selected above a pretty decent choice? Amazon had recommended it to bundle with the the 558's is the only reason I was going with it. 

So my understanding is that I would bypass the Astro Mixer when connecting to PC and only use it when I needed to hookup to a console? The Xonar DG sound card handles all of the audio signal work as far as PC goes or would I benefit from using the mixer with the sound card?

Sorry for all the questions, I appreciate your help just trying to get a firm grasp on what I am doing, and your suggestions were helpful, seems like an affordable route to go.

 

 

I'm not really knowledgeable about add-on mics, but you might find ask about mics on these threads.

http://www.head-fi.org/t/534479/mad-lust-envys-headphone-gaming-guide-update-3-12-2014-monster-dna-on-ear-added

http://www.head-fi.org/t/593050/the-nameless-guide-to-pc-gaming-audio-with-binaural-headphone-surround-sound

For the Mix-amp to work with a PC (surround sound), the motherboard audio or add-on sound card needs to come with DDL (Dolby Digital Live), chances are your motherboard does not come with DDL, nor does the Xonar DG.

Sound cards like the Xonar DX or D1 and Creative Titanium sound cards come with DDL and you looking at at least $50 for a used card.

Plus the $20 Xonar DG can match the mix-amp for sound quality and the Xonar DG comes with Dolby Headphone 5.1 surround sound.

So no real good reason for trying to get the Mix-amp to work with a PC.

 

Right now amazon has some really good deals on used HD558 headphones.

 

This $22 cable make it easier for using the HD558 with a 3.5mm jack.

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

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