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Which would you choose the Q701 vs PC350 + Asus Xonar Essence STX?

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I have read Mad's huge thread on headphones and gaming. It seems I have come down between the Q701 or the PC350. I play only on PC and will also be adding in a Asus Xonar Essence Stx sound card. From what I have read these come with a built in amp that should be good to power the Q701. As for the PC350 I am sure this will be a great addition to powering them as well. Now my current headset is the Razer Kraken 7.1 with no sound card. They don't use your sound card anyways. To me this headset seems kind of muddy in the sound. I am 90% sure these headphones I have listed are much much better than these Razers. The Razers are closed ear. I used to have Razer HP-1 which I think were open ear. I could hear external sounds. With these new Razers I cannot. I def like that, but it is not a deal breaker hence why I have both closed and open ear listed. I know that if I go with the Q701 I would have to buy an add-on mic which is ok by me. One other question I have is would I need to buy anything else besides the sound card and the headset to make it perform great? I do 90% gaming, 5% movies, and 5% music. So those latter ones don't need to be top notch. I am more focused on positioning.

 

Thanks for taking your time and reading. 

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I'm going to "guess" the Q701 is more desirable, then the PC350.

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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post
 

I'm going to "guess" the Q701 is more desirable, then the PC350.

I went ahead and purchased the Q710 and the STX. I am by no means an audiophile, but I know these will sound way better than this Razer gaming headset I have. I will update once I get them on Tuesday.

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I think you'll really like them, the sound stage is really wide which makes them great for gaming. The DAC in the STX is quite good from what I've heard, but the amp apparently is more suited to high impedance headphones (not that it is necessarily bad with low impedance).
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I think you'll really like them, the sound stage is really wide which makes them great for gaming. The DAC in the STX is quite good from what I've heard, but the amp apparently is more suited to high impedance headphones (not that it is necessarily bad with low impedance).

Yes. I have read that as well, but I think that suits more of the top quality sound in music. I rarely listen to music on my headphones. Mainly it is all for gaming. I def want to have an edge on sound direction which I think these two may do. Also bought a a Olympus ME-12 noise cancelling mic that I can plug directly into my keyboard which is great. 

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Yes. I have read that as well, but I think that suits more of the top quality sound in music. I rarely listen to music on my headphones. Mainly it is all for gaming. I def want to have an edge on sound direction which I think these two may do. Also bought a a Olympus ME-12 noise cancelling mic that I can plug directly into my keyboard which is great. 

 

Remember to disable the motherboard's on-board audio, in the BIOS, when you install the Essence STX.

The Q701 likes a little more juice then a typical "62-Ohm" headphone, so you might try the STX's 64~300-Ohm gain setting.

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Do I have to disable my onboard sound? I actually use that for my 5.1 speaker setup quite often when I am watching a gaming stream. Plus those do not come with the large plugs that the STX has. They have the 3 black, orange and green plugs. Will I not be able to listen to the 5.1 speaker setup from getting this card? I have an ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO MB. I should be able to switch between the two or so I thought? 

post #8 of 8

I've got the Q701 - great for CoD.

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