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Please suggest a good DAC useful for gaming?

post #1 of 9
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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


Edited by sammed92 - 6/4/14 at 4:16pm
post #2 of 9

A DAC won't provide any of the audio processing for 3D/positional audio, you need a sound card for that.

post #3 of 9
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Originally Posted by sammed92 View Post
 

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 sound stage 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

 

Creative Labs Sound Blaster Z sound card, $85.

Disable the motherboard's on-board audio, in the BIOS, when installing sound card.

post #4 of 9

A USB-DAC + Razer surround software might be something to consider.

Works well once setup, and imo USB DACs are better value money wise.

post #5 of 9
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Originally Posted by spongeworthy View Post
 

A DAC won't provide any of the audio processing for 3D/positional audio, you need a sound card for that.

Won't a DAC bypass the onboard audio? DAC is run via USB right? I'm a noob in this :(

post #6 of 9
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Won't a DAC bypass the on-board audio? DAC is run via USB right? I'm a noob in this :(

Yep, USB DAC bypass sound cards.

The Razor software "might" work with a USB DAC.

I just know zero about Razor.

post #7 of 9

Recent reports suggest that complex dolby 7.1 and virtual simulations of same when gaming are actually inferior to simply getting the best 2.0 playback system you can afford.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1rXcJuEsy0#t=12

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUDTlvagjJA

 

http://stephan.win31.de/music.htm#onboard

 

Still controversial but I am convinced enough to have junked my overpriced Razor set up and now use a regular high quality interface (MOTU) and my best regular headphone.

 

Try for yourself and see what you think...

post #8 of 9
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Originally Posted by sammed92 View Post
 

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.

 

http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-XONAR-Headphone-Audio-Card/dp/B0045JHJSS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1401971427&sr=8-1&keywords=xonar+dg

 

 

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
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Originally Posted by DaemonSire View Post
 

 

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.

 

http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-XONAR-Headphone-Audio-Card/dp/B0045JHJSS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1401971427&sr=8-1&keywords=xonar+dg

 

 

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.

Thanks!!! Ill look into it!

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