EDIT: i think i need help tweaking my current setup....i feel that i have massive amounts of potential sound improvements across my systems various areas to adjust settings....
i dont feel i'm getting the best 'surround' experience for games, and i do not think i'm getting the best sound quality while listening to music.
any help?? didnt see any guides.
i need help upgrading my desktop setup. this will not be a portable upgrade.
reason for asking: information overload. there are so many options that i didnt know where to start. i know the basics of what headphones are good...its more a question of amp/dac or sound card etc.
z68XP-UD3 (not sure what realtek/otherbrand sound specs are)
EVGA GTX-460 (disabled all 5trillion of the nvidia sound devices in device manager)
x-fi titanium pro(fatal1ty?) pci-e
lots of gaming
Spotify (with high quality streaming enabled)
minimal amount of locally stored music. VERY minimal.
what i don't like:
i tried on a pair of headphones in the pc gaming section of best buy last night and the quality of the faux-dolby-surround literally blew my mind. i've always wondered whether or not my x-fi was actually giving me surround in games....it really doesnt sound any different than if i plug my ad700s into my motherboards jack except that its maybe 1/4 as loud at max volume due to the x-fi amp.
this is not to be confused with me saying the sound quality was better. if i had listened to music i know my cans would've sounded far better...the sound is more detailed than a pair of frackin' turtle bays any day i imagine. but that gaming headset REALLY threw me for a loop...it was like i had forgotten what my old pair of logitech g930s had been like.
What i want to accomplish:
more immersive experience with gaming? be it better headphones or a much better surround experience...or diagnosing whether or not dolby surround is working in games and/or some other setting isnt correct and causing me to never use virtual surround.
I don't want to spend money unless the difference is going to be noticable to any person, not just a person who knows what to listen for. In short, i feel like i just need to be Wow'd. the difference between the AD700s and the cheap pair of headphones i previously used was a big wow for me..how much louder i could get the cans to be on the x-fi card was a wow....the quality of sound in the x-fi and dedicated realtek stuff was unnoticable to me. i just plugged in my headphones to the onboard audio and enabled all the stuff in device manager and i literally notice zero difference other than i now have the volume all the way up.
not sure. as i said above, its all about making sure its going to actually impress me.
sorry for the novel, and thanks for the help!!
Edited by bronco862 - 5/5/14 at 8:44am