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Hey guys could you recommend a sub ~$100 amp for my Sennheiser G4ME ZERO's? (#1 priority is CS:GO sound)

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So after getting the audio technica ath-m50 I really appreciate the advice given here. But now I would love some help with an amp. I updated my gaming headset to the game zero's which I've heard great things about. I read reviews and comments here and there and a lot of them were saying that you would need an amp. So I decided to just buy the headset then if I found the sound not up to par I'd get an amp later. So here I am. I've got the headset plugged into my onboard audio (Gigabyte GA-B85-HD3 ATX LGA1150). Now music sounds fine, but they sound really flat and spacey in counter strike which is one of the biggest things i use them for. My previous usb virtual surround sound headset (Corsair vengeance 1500) sounds better in game. I've read the sub $100 dollar portable amp shootout but I'm still not sure what would be the right one. So what would you guys recommend? The most important thing to me is sound in Counter Strike. I really want to make this headset work because everything else about them is fantastic. I've read this headset has a really high resistance, like 150? So I guess that's why they sound bad on my onboard. Now just another two things I want to add/ask. 

 

1. The game zero's have a seperate mic and audio plug. So as you can see that would be a little issue if i want to plug them into an amp right? For the mic plug to reach the back of my pc the amp would have to hang off the backside of my pc right? So then are there amps with a mic and audio plug?

 

2. I also have speakers that I use when I'm not gaming. Right now I am using one of these adapters (http://imgur.com/8Pgg9RJ) to get my speakers and headphones plugged in. My front panel jacks don't work, which seems to be a known issue with the fractal r4 case. Now how would that work with an amp? If the amp has to audio outputs I could plug my speakers and headphones into them. Otherwise I would have to plug in the amp into one of the splits and my speakers into the other split. Would this negatively affect things? Or actually could I plug the amp in first then plug the adapter into the amp if the amp doesn't have two audio outputs?

 

Thanks very very much for any help, and taking your time to read all this. I appreciate it. 

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I have the asus u7, just the normal one, but if you get the echelon edition, it has a fps feature
I use the u7 with my m50x, its a pretty awesome amp/7.1 soundcard, i havnt had any problems with it yet.

Here is a link it might be something to consider http://www.asus.com/Sound_Cards/Xonar_U7_Echelon_Edition/
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Ya, I'd look into getting a soundcard with a built in amp. I use the Xonar DGX, but it may not be powerful enough for you. How much are you willing to spend? Also, when you're not using your speakers, turn them off, it could be sucking in power anyways away from your headphones. Something to test.

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Yea that looks interesting. However with jodgey's post I think a dedicated soundcard might be the way to go. Because i could then plug my speakers into the motherboard and my headset into the soundcard. It would just be a pain opening up my pc and putting it in. 

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Yea now that you mention it a soundcard could definitely be the way to go. Really I'm only looking to spend 100 preferably less. I mean I don't need something that great, just something that will power this headset properly. The DGX is widely recommended right? As a good budget soundcard? From what I've read I think it was the DGX.


Edited by games0124 - 9/20/14 at 9:45pm
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I have the DGX, and I think stretching a bit to one with a dedicated headphone amp could really make a difference. The DGX a safe, cheap bet, that will certainly be better than onboard audio and probably deliver more power as well. I don't know enough about soundcards to make any good recommendations, check out some gaming/computer threads for good advice, lol. I just like the DGX because I can send Dolby signals out to a separate DAC/amp :). With the soundcard in, you have to disable the motherboard's audio, so you couldn't use that jack and would still need a splitter. You could also just get a 3ft. audio extension cable and have it sit on the side of your case so you can quickly swap there.


Edited by jodgey4 - 9/20/14 at 10:00pm
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Yea now that you mention it a soundcard could definitely be the way to go. Really I'm only looking to spend 100 preferably less. I mean I don't need something that great, just something that will power this headset properly. The DGX is widely recommended right? As a good budget sound card? From what I've read I think it was the DGX.

 

Creative Labs Sound Blaster Z sound card, $84.

Comes with separate amplified headphone output jack and a speaker line-output jack

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Creative Labs Sound Blaster Z sound card, $84.

Comes with separate amplified headphone output jack and a speaker line-output jack

Yep i saw those while I was on newegg. Now the one problem is my 280x graphics card covers both my pci express ports. 

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Yep i saw those while I was on newegg. Now the one problem is my 280x graphics card covers both my pci express ports. 

 

FiiO E17 external DAC/Amp, here is a used one, current bid is $70 (+$6 shipping)

http://www.ebay.com/itm/FiiO-Alpen-E17-Portable-USB-DAC-Headphone-Amplifier-Amp-w-FiiO-L7-Line-Out-Dock-/261594262169?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3ce83baa99

Connect it to the motherboard using S/PDIF optical.

Then leave your speakers connected to the motherboard's green speaker port.

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FiiO E17 external DAC/Amp, here is a used one, current bid is $70 (+$6 shipping)

http://www.ebay.com/itm/FiiO-Alpen-E17-Portable-USB-DAC-Headphone-Amplifier-Amp-w-FiiO-L7-Line-Out-Dock-/261594262169?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3ce83baa99

Connect it to the motherboard using S/PDIF optical.

Then leave your speakers connected to the motherboard's green speaker port.

Mmm don't ship to Canada though. 

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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post
 

 

FiiO E17 external DAC/Amp, here is a used one, current bid is $70 (+$6 shipping)

Connect it to the motherboard using S/PDIF optical.

Then leave your speakers connected to the motherboard's green speaker port.

Mmm don't ship to Canada. 

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