Originally Posted by sammed92
I recently bought HD558, which is a great headphone and i am extremely happy how it performs as compared to previous headphones i have owned.
I bought an open pair primarily because of the soundstage which is very useful in FPS gaming.
I think I am lacking in a good DAC+amplifier to get the best performance in-game.
Please suggest a good equipment which will suit my needs. Remember, I am a FPS player and I need good positional accuracy.
EDIT: my budget is not that high. Around $100 would be fine
ASUS Xonar DG - Excellent sound card for the price, includes Dolby Headphone plus a builtin amp and optical out. I just picked one of these up myself to replace my very old Audigy 2 ZS. No comparison.
The nice part with this is if you get an external DAC later that has optical input, you can feed the signal from the soundcard to your external DAC via the optical. And despite the different claims you'll read, yes, Dolby Headphone is passed over optical.
My set up is (for gaming):
PC -> Xonar DG (with Dolby Headphone set to 7.1) -> Optical Out -> Audio-GD NFB-3(2014) -> M-Stage/A-100 -> Q701/HE-500
Personally, I cannot stand Creative for their lack of driver support. I doubt I'll get another Creative card.
Edited by DaemonSire - 6/5/14 at 5:38am