This is my first post after a long time of reading through the forums.
My knowledge of audio is really poor still, so bear with me.
I recently decided I was going to build a new gaming rig. I won't spare any expenses as I want this unit to be my childhood dream (got money now).
After reading for hours after hours I am next to done on deciding what I need. All that's left is audio. Boy did I not know what I was in for. All the time I spent on research for my rig, double that and it's what I put into reading about audio.
Still I feel like I know nothing.
Right now there are several options I deem enough for my goal; 80% gaming and 20% music.
I decided I wanted to have the DT990 headphones. I read these need to be amped to get to their full potential and decided on an Objective 2 amp.
My question is, since I want to experience awesome virtual surround and take the games to the next level, which sound card would I need?
The SB Titanium HD supposedly has a good DAC and the CMSS3D DSP. Yet it's outdated as in bad driver support for newer OSes like Win8.1
This got me looking at the Z series soundcards. Apparently these have SBX Pro DSP, worse quality components but a better built-in amp.
Like I said, I just want a nice working DSP that'll actually give me 3d sound. I don't mind getting the o2 amp for performance, but if the Z series will save me money and the DSP on it works like a charm, that'll be the decisive factor since the driver support is probably guaranteed (newer card).
The more I read, the more I'm confused because everyone seems to be complaining on here all the time about stuff not working. I feel like I can't buy any soundcard because it will either not work, suck or there's something else I should have bought.
This is why I've started my own thread, so the guru brothers on here can give me advice suited to MY situation. I hope I made any sense and I realllly look forward to the advice of this community.
Edited by Lowquality - 5/22/14 at 6:55pm