so, i've done a bit of searching for the past few weeks, need a new setup, coming from lowly gaming headsets. my current setup is a logitech G930 wireless headset. i was mostly impressed when i first started using this headset, coming from basic computer speakers and cheapy earbuds etc.
i am in the military, and on the road ALOT so portability is a must. also, privacy is key, as i dont like when people listen in on what im watching or playing, or when people are trying to sleep.
the only headphones i've come across seem to be the DT770's, and i've been contemplating the 250ohm version, because they're closed back, and the reviews seem to be very good for the price bracket.
now, i've also seen alot of people recommending the astro mixamp for gaming. not really sure what this does, but from what i can tell is that it allows you to differentiate between the voice channel from say skype or ventrillo/teamspeak, and game noise. it also seems to include some sort of surround? [dolby?] if so i definately want surround.
now, i've also read that these headphones require a bit of power, and thus require an amp. i've heard the astro can amp the DT770's enough, but you lose the microphone function? that leaves me with the option of adding an additional amp.
for mic, i plan on just getting a separate boom mic and either velcroing it or using a magnet to attach it. does the mic go to the astro? or do i just go straight to the laptop?
before i came across the astro, i was contemplating getting a fiio e17, however if i get the astro i might as well step "down" or "sideways" or whatever to the e07k or e11 and save the 40-50$.
just wondering if anyone has any thoughts on this? should i get the astro, skip the astro, or get something else? e17? e07k? what do i do about surround?
keep in mind, i'm trying to stay as portable as reasonable. i currently carry with me a 17" alienware laptop that weighs nearly 11lbs, so a bit of extra weight isnt a problem, but space is. and eventually i plan on upgrading and going with a portable mini-itx setup.
all in all, i want to keep the budget down as much as possible, basically under 350-400$ for everything. the DT770's are about 175$ on amazon, so that should leave me with enough to get the astro or another mixamp if needed, plus a fiio.