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Like many of you i am a pc gamer. Ive gotten my graphics to where i want them and now i am looking for another edge to my gaming and i want to improve sound. Ive been looking at both a new headset and a new sound card. Here are my questions:


- Do i need BOTH the sound card and a headset for improved sound quality?

- Is this sound card any good, its in the price range im shooting for
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...abs-_-29102024

- What should i look for in a sound card when looking for another if that ones no good?

- Im looking at getting this headset, ive seen good reviews, opinions?



- If i do get that headset, it only comes with a usb plug, are there cards that have usb port in them so that i can still use a sound card? i only ever see 3.5mm jacks on sound cards

- Do i loose sound quality if use a usb to 3.5mm jack converter? Or do i need the usb for its power source for the headset

Thank you in advance
Edited by Seldian - 5/2/11 at 8:52pm
post #2 of 8
Alright so the two parts you listed are incompatible. Reason is the Razer Megalodons and any other USB Headset have a built-in soundcard already in them. That means you get virtualized 7.1/5.1 channel surround sound without a soundcard. Although many many people prefer a soundcard and a decent pair of headphones, a headset is an alternative if you don't have a soundcard, don't want one, or can't afford one. Honestly though, a $50 sound card and a good pair of headphones will beat the Megalodons anyday.
I don't even know how you found a good review of the Megalodon.
I suggest you get a decent sound card like X-Fi XtremeMusic, or Gamer. Or if you have the money the Titaniums are great. Then get some quality headphones like a pair of Sennheiser HD555s and such. The soundcard will provide the CMSS-3D which is virtual surround sound and great quality.
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from what i understand because the Megalodon uses its own audio processing to get the 7.1 sound emulation it will completely override the sound card (it being connected through usb may have something to do with this) correct me if im wrong or possibly give a more detailed explanation.

for the above reason most people will recommend you get headphones and a separate mic as you'll probably have better audio quality that way; usually the AD700's and HD555 get recommend a lot along with the zalman clip-on mic.

as for the sound card it looks alright although there might be better you can get but i cant really comment as i've never owned a creative card.

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iJustin beat me to it
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Don't buy any headphones that advertise it's for 'gamers'. It'll most likely compromise sound quality just to bring you some gimmick like surround. I've got a pair of sennheiser HD555's and they are great for gaming. Sound card wise the Asus Xonar DX is a great sound card for the money. Like iJustin said don't get USB headphones if you're gonna get a sound card.
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Ive seen alot of reviews on the HD555's so far. I think im just going to get those and pair it with a nice sound card, thank you all i appreciate it. Leave more advice if you want i wont be deciding for about a week.
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The HD555 and AD700 are both open eared, does anyone know of closed headphones? Preferably with a mic.
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Originally Posted by Seldian View Post
The HD555 and AD700 are both open eared, does anyone know of closed headphones? Preferably with a mic.
I like the Steelseries Siberia v2.
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Check out this guide too, has some very good information on what to look for in a gaming headset.

http://www.overclock.net/sound-cards...-headsets.html
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