First post here, hope it's in the appropriate sub-forum! Anyway, here goes.
Yesterday I decided to get a new headset, and spent the day researching various gaming headsets from infamous manufacturers such as Logitech, Corsair and others of equally ill repute.
Today I realised the wisdom in proper headphones and a separate mic, which led me to this forum. I've since decided on the Beyerdynamic DT 770/80 Pro. The reason for this is primarily the closed design; I really like the idea of isolating myself within the music I'm listening to, or the game I'm playing. Gaming will be the primary use, but nothing competitive so the larger soundstage and surround accuracy of the DT 990 doesn't seem to be worth sacrificing the closed design for (I hope I got that right, new to the terminology). Also hoping the 80 ohm impedance means they will work fairly well with my HTC One; I'll confirm this at the store before purchasing.
What's left for me to decide on is a sound card/DAC/amp. Truthfully I'm not entirely sure what is required for the headset to perform, but the idea of virtual surround is pretty exciting (never experienced that before, very curious); I guess a sound card from Creative/Asus/xx will be required for that effect? I'd also prefer if that sound card were connected via USB; it'll make unplugging the headset easier when I take it with me, and furthermore, the cable would otherwise have to route across my desk and reach the back of my PC on the floor, which will necessitate a cable length of ~9 ft. Quite frankly I'd rather contend with a small box on my desk, if at all possible.
Would really prefer not having to pay more than $100 for the card; so far the Asus Xonar U7 and Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi HD both appear to fit the bill, but I've been unable to find forum posts of people using either one with the Beyerdynamic headphones - was hoping for some feedback with respect to compatibility and general sound performance of those two cards.
Hopefully all the required information is included in my post, otherwise ask and I'll try to answer as best I can.
Thanks in advance!
EDIT: Pretty set on Asus Xonar U7 and the Audio Technica ATH-M50X LE (blue ones). If anyone has specific feedback on my choice of either, that'd be greatly appreciated!
Edited by Freddy1765 - 6/15/14 at 7:21am