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last night my old turtlebeachx3 headset crapped out, they were crappy to begin with, but then the right channel died. so obviously i had to make impulse buys that i am now slightly questioning /facepalm

a mixamp straight from astrogaming.com (couldnt find it new anywhere else, feeling a bit raeped by the $130 + $20 s&h price mad.gif)

then to buy headphones i used a very old $75 crutchfield gift card i been trying to use for over 2 years. crutchfields.com selection is very limited and overpriced, but i really wanted to use the GC instead of spending real cash. decided on AKG 242 HD, on sale for $180 ($300 MSRP, yea right rolleyes.gif) after tax $120 out of pocket

how much did i fail? redface.gif
is the 55 ohm load not an issue for the MixAmp?
are the 242s too flat for gaming? is onboard EQ'ing the optical output recommended/ even possible?
what clip-on mic should i get? zalman's cheap one?
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thanks:)
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On a scale of 1-10 (10 being epic failure), you're at an 8.

150 mixtrash.
wasted 75 dollar GC.
120 out of pocket money.

You spent 270 of your own money and 75 of a GC for...sigh...man...maybe a 9 on the scale actually.
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soundcard/amp is preferred for PC use.. in my case i need console compatibility, that leaves the mixamp as the best universal solution. amirite?
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Originally Posted by dealio;13366090 
soundcard/amp is preferred for PC use.. in my case i need console compatibility, that leaves the mixamp as the best universal solution. amirite?

No, since you could still find a way to use your sound card for the xbox. That is if your xbox is in the same room as your PC.

I wonder if that mixamp will even drive your AKGs. Have you tried the two together yet?

The AKG's aren't bad in and of themselves, but where you really failed was price wise. You could have gotten magnificence at that price point, but instead settled for sub-mediocre.
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found this on [h] via google
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There is no max impedance per say. The max output voltage of the MixAmp is 1.6Vrms. If the sensitivity of the headphones is great enough at this level (the specs of the headphones should be rated at 1Vrms) then our MixAmp is "compatible. If they have low sensitivity at 1Vrms then we are "incompatible."

what other headphones in the $120 range do you recommend? after reading i think i want semi-open over fully-open and closed

decided against soundcards mainly for console compatibility and portability the few times a year i go play games @ friends. i did not think about routing the console audio output through the sound card..
Edited by dealio - 5/3/11 at 10:04am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by dealio;13366240 
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what other headphones in the $120 range do you recommend? after reading i think i want semi-open over and fully open and closed

If you're using them for gaming and you're pretty hardcore at gaming you'll want fully open. Only downside to fully open is they'll leak sound depending on how loud you're listening to them, you can hear people and things going on beyond the headphones (may not be a downside especially if you're in a quiet room) and they typically won't have the bass you may want.

All that aside, you'll have the largest soundstage, airy sounding tunes, and the best performance gaming wise.

That said AD700s have the largest soundstage and are 90 dollars.
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i do want to hear people IRL with headphones on, but not too much, ergo semi-open

simca, just noticed your edit to the 2nd post. why is the mixamp such trash? what other option has easily accessible controls for volume/chat? looked at some earforce DSS reviews.. hisses like mad like my busted turtlebeach3xs.
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/bump

how is the mixamp is trash exactly?
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