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Well I bit the bullet and ordered the Philips FIdelio X1s and a V-Moda BoomPro Mic. 

 

I will be using the X1s with my PC and PS3.

 

For my PC setup, I currently have an external soundcard (DJ mixer/soundcard combo) with a built in headphone amp. I also have an XtremeGamer internal soundcard, which sounds better for directional audio even with CMSS3D turned off, but I don't think it can properly amp the X1s. The DJ mixer has no mic input except XLR, so I will have to plug the V-moda into the extreme gamer for microphone. I will have to use an extension cable since the mic and audio cables will be going to two separate devices. The DJ Mixer amp does have some EMI; I can hear a faint hiss at all times, even with volume all the way down. 

 

As you can see, this setup is getting a bit messy. While I could make it work, part of me wants to just get a more appropriate desktop soundcard/amp setup that has microphone and amp capabilities that works for both games and music. I've looked into the Aune T1, the Magni/Modi combo, and some Soundblaster Z cards. 

 

It seems to me like the Soundblaster may be the way to go; it has a headphone amp, surround sound support for games, mic input, and i'm guessing music sounds great with it as well. 

OR 

Could I get the Magni and plug that into the Xtreme Gamer i already have? Now I have soundcard + great amp + mic input?

 

I should mention, I'd like to have my speakers setup to play as well. How does that work with internal soundcards, can you have headphones + speakers going at the same time or at least plugged in at the same time for easy switch? That's really the thing that makes me want to say F it and keep the DJ mixer setup; you can headphone cue / switch between speakers, EQ on the fly with hardware knobs... it's just very user friendly.  

 

 

As for the PS3 setup, I have it going optical into my receiver. I then plug headphones into the receiver so I can adjust volume with my remote. I have a Yamaha HTR-6230 receiver, and I don't think the headphone amp is that great; it's definitely not as good as the DJ mixer and not in that it's weak, but it sounds kinda crispy/distorted. 

 

If I were to get the Magni to accompany the Xtreme Gamer, could I use it between receiver and headphones? Is the PS3 even worth amping? I've looked into getting the Asto Mixamp Pro to amp the PS3 optical, but I've read mixed reviews and would rather put money towards music/movies/games on my PC. 

 

I'm willing to spend $100-200 for the soundcard/amp gear. 

 

 

Thanks for any help; loosing sleep over this and just want to make a decision, lol. 


Edited by Voltmod - 4/28/14 at 8:06pm
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Originally Posted by Voltmod View Post
 

Well I bit the bullet and ordered the Philips FIdelio X1s and a V-Moda BoomPro Mic. 

I will be using the X1s with my PC and PS3.

For my PC setup, I currently have an external soundcard (DJ mixer/soundcard combo) with a built in headphone amp. I also have an Xtreme Gamer internal sound card, which sounds better for directional audio even with CMSS3D turned off, but I don't think it can properly amp the X1s. The DJ mixer has no mic input except XLR, so I will have to plug the V-moda into the extreme gamer for microphone. I will have to use an extension cable since the mic and audio cables will be going to two separate devices. The DJ Mixer amp does have some EMI; I can hear a faint hiss at all times, even with volume all the way down. 

As you can see, this setup is getting a bit messy. While I could make it work, part of me wants to just get a more appropriate desktop soundcard/amp setup that has microphone and amp capabilities that works for both games and music. I've looked into the Aune T1, the Magni/Modi combo, and some Soundblaster Z cards. 

It seems to me like the Soundblaster may be the way to go; it has a headphone amp, surround sound support for games, mic input, and i'm guessing music sounds great with it as well. 

OR 

Could I get the Magni and plug that into the Xtreme Gamer i already have? Now I have soundcard + great amp + mic input?

I should mention, I'd like to have my speakers setup to play as well. How does that work with internal soundcards, can you have headphones + speakers going at the same time or at least plugged in at the same time for easy switch? That's really the thing that makes me want to say F it and keep the DJ mixer setup; you can headphone cue / switch between speakers, EQ on the fly with hardware knobs... it's just very user friendly.  

As for the PS3 setup, I have it going optical into my receiver. I then plug headphones into the receiver so I can adjust volume with my remote. I have a Yamaha HTR-6230 receiver, and I don't think the headphone amp is that great; it's definitely not as good as the DJ mixer and not in that it's weak, but it sounds kinda crispy/distorted. 

f I were to get the Magni to accompany the Xtreme Gamer, could I use it between receiver and headphones? Is the PS3 even worth amping? I've looked into getting the Asto Mixamp Pro to amp the PS3 optical, but I've read mixed reviews and would rather put money towards music/movies/games on my PC. 

I'm willing to spend $100-200 for the soundcard/amp gear. 

 

The Yamaha's headphone output jack will have a high impedance output, which is not a great match for low Ohm (30-Ohm) headphones like the Fidelio X1s.

For the PS3, your better off running HDMI from the PS3 to the Yamaha, then getting higher Ohm headphones for plugging into the Yamaha.

Sell off the XtremeGamer and the DJ mixer and get a Sound Blaster Z.

Headphones like the AKG K612 Pro or Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro 250-ohm would work well with the Yamaha and the SB-Z.

The 30-Ohm Fidelio would be good for use with any smart phone (Android or Apple) or mp3 player.

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Hmmm thanks for the response, but that isn't the route I want to go. I chose the X1s because they have a unique sound for open-ears with emphasis on bass.

That is a good point about it just not being a good match as opposed to not being a quality amp. I only paid sub $200 for the receiver though, so I can't imagine it being top of the line.

I think I'll just have to wait for the x1s to arrive; my amp tests were done with my ATH M50s, so I'll just see how it sounds with the receiver.

Sounds like Astro Mixamp pro would be a better match amp wise and would give me Dolby 7.1 for console games, so maybe it's not a bad idea after all.
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