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post #1 of 7
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Hi! I'm a long time lurker and for some reason I even thought I already had an account. For the past two years I've been coming here and slowly traumatizing my wallet as well as my friends. Thanks to you guys I got to slowly build a setup. Currently I own:

 

- Sennheiser HD598

- Sandisk Clip Zip + Xiaomi Piston 2

 

Unfortunately I can't really spend as much as I want, but thanks to family and friends I get to listen to several different setups. By now I should have gotten an external AMP (Fiio 17 was the idea back when I bought the HD598) but I keep delaying it for other more urgent matters, like the one that brings me here today.

 

My motherboard is a GA-X38-DS5 wich uses Realtek HD Audio drivers. Slowly the sound jacks have been getting worse, I always hear static, sometimes one or the other only produces one channel and the mic one, which I can't change. The latter sometimes loses it and I end up having to fiddle with it for a good couple of minutes until I find another good position. My mic also isn't the great, but I'm sure the jack connection problem isn't its fault. 

 

So going forward on my setup I was thinking on getting/saving up for a new mic or a budget amp, however I can't figure out the best solution out there for this situation:

 

a) Get a new PCI-E soundcard and later on get a new amp and mic?

b) Get a new USB Mic and later on a budget amp?

c) Is there even something reasonably good that works as an amp/dac for my HD598 and a adc?

 

Some extra notes: 

- I already tried one of those usb soundcard sticks, since my brother owns one, but my Microphone barely detects anything without getting a scary amount of noise (even more than I get on the motherboard right now). 

 

- Right now both me and my brother use the same microphone and he speaks while it is connected on my computer, since we're right across each other. If I do get a new microphone I might end up giving this one to him, but I would like to avoid feedback or echos

 

- As of now I have about 30/40 euros, and yes I live in Europe. 

 

Thanks for all you help in the past and I hope in the future :)

post #2 of 7

What is your priority? Having a mic that works perfectly? Get good sound quality? 

post #3 of 7
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Originally Posted by elmoe View Post
 

What is your priority? Having a mic that works perfectly? Get good sound quality? 

 

Right now? Having a mic that works without any problem whatsoever and won't make my buddies bleed from their hears. 

post #4 of 7

Then I would say buying a mic comes first.

post #5 of 7
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Originally Posted by elmoe View Post
 

Then I would say buying a mic comes first.

 

If I do buy a mic that plugs in via 3.5 mm, like the modmic/zalman, I'll still get the connection problems since those are a motherboard issue. If I get a usb soundboard stick I feel like I'm throwing money away. And ultimately I want the best thing for my setup as I go along. I've seen people recommend the Blue Snowball for a usb solution, but that's way out of my league right now and probably an overkill for what I want. 

 

So in the end I have two problems with my current mic setup. One comes from the mic itself from which I don't directly suffer, and the other from the motherboard which is a pain whenever one of us has to change something on the towers. The latter is what right now I'm aiming to fix above all, since replacing the microphone is cheap enough unless I go for the modmic. 

post #6 of 7

Well if you're sure the problem comes from the onboard soundcard then just buy a soundcard.

post #7 of 7
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In the meantime I got in on mumble and was told that I actually don't have any static from my side. Hopped in really quick on my little bro pc and in fact the sound from the microphone sounds quite well. Weird that in the playback I get a lot of static though. Oh well I'm currently  looking for a reasonably cheap soundboard around here. Thanks!

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