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I was looking at Amazon and it paired them with a FiiO E5 Headphone Amplifier. Would this little amp be enough or would the headphones still be under powered? If it makes any difference, I will be plugging these headphones into a Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD sound card.

Quick question, are the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro/Championship Series sound cards any good?
Those sound cards aren't worth their price. The Fatal1ty offers you useless x-ram you don't need. The Champion series offers you a "cool" ...thing...with knobs. Useless.

Try the Fiio E9 if you're going to amp your DT770s.
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Hey guys, I need some advice/guidance on amps.

After much research, I decided on X-Fi Titanium HD because I game the majority of the time. (Not competitively mind you.) I barely, if ever, listen to music and the majority of video watching is anime. So this card seems like a pretty good fit.

I decided to pair it up with a DT990/600. My decision was for the "fun" aspect and immersion. I do occasionally enjoy FPS sessions, BC2 mostly, but nothing competitive that warrants a AD700 or K701.

I'm plenty aware that I won't be able to drive the cans without an amp. I currently am leaning towards a Fiio E9 as I've read nothing but great things about. However, I'm confused about connections.

I may have been mislead but I read somewhere that CMSS 3D is lost when connecting to an external amp unless done through optical out. The E9, from what I've seen, does not have any optical in. If I've been mislead about the connections then there should be no problem connecting stereo RCA on the X-Fi to 3.5mm line in the E9 while maintaining CMSS 3D?

If I do indeed lose CMSS 3D, can I get a recommendation on an amp that can drive these cans? My budget is roughly $200 and I'd prefer something small as I don't have much desktop space.

Thanks!
Don't worry. You'll likely never use CMSS 3D. You figure you would since it'd be good for gaming to something, but people that buy sound cards for gaming almost never turn these features on. It distorts sound and often times in ways that aren't that useful. Grab an E9, it's good enough to power DT990s.

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Good list. I think the Audio-Technica ATH-M50 deserves a spot on your list.
It is on the list. It's under Bassier Headphones - Dubstep/Electronica/Bass-Heads in the $106 dollar range. I wouldn't pay anymore than that for them.
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post #122 of 5049
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Don't worry. You'll likely never use CMSS 3D. You figure you would since it'd be good for gaming to something, but people that buy sound cards for gaming almost never turn these features on. It distorts sound and often times in ways that aren't that useful. Grab an E9, it's good enough to power DT990s.
Oh?? I am under the impression that the X-Fi HD is the better gaming card because CMSS 3D provides better positional/directional cues than Dolby.
post #123 of 5049
Hello,

I'm looking to upgrade my sound system in my PC and I'm looking to purchase a new sound card and headphones to be used for gaming / movies / music.

I currently have something reserved which are the Alessandro MS1i and the Titanium HD (Budget is within the two items combined). Would the headphones actually be able to use the op amps in the HD? Would they be decent at Crysis 1/2, Dragon Age 1/2, Mass Effect 1/2 and Call of Duty series?

Any suggestions would be highly appreciated! If I'm lacking any other details, please do ask for more info from me! Sorry, but I'm just a noob when it comes to sound systems and the like!

EDIT: I also have an Asus Sonar DX2 that I can reserve, is this something that would be better than the Titanium HD?
Edited by mark_thaddeus - 7/15/11 at 3:22am
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post #124 of 5049
the Titanium HD would be better what's your music taste? total budget (I can;t be bother looking it up)?
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the Titanium HD would be better what's your music taste? total budget (I can;t be bother looking it up)?
Musical tastes differ from alternative music to rock to classic rock to r&b. The budget I have in mind is about $250 more or less!
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post #126 of 5049
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Hello,

I'm looking to upgrade my sound system in my PC and I'm looking to purchase a new sound card and headphones to be used for gaming / movies / music.

I currently have something reserved which are the Alessandro MS1i and the Titanium HD (Budget is within the two items combined). Would the headphones actually be able to use the op amps in the HD? Would they be decent at Crysis 1/2, Dragon Age 1/2, Mass Effect 1/2 and Call of Duty series?

Any suggestions would be highly appreciated! If I'm lacking any other details, please do ask for more info from me! Sorry, but I'm just a noob when it comes to sound systems and the like!

EDIT: I also have an Asus Sonar DX2 that I can reserve, is this something that would be better than the Titanium HD?
Any suggestions or comments on whether The Alessandro MS1i would be good with the titanium HD for gaming, movies and music? Gaming would be 40%, movies and music both 30% usage.
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post #127 of 5049
Ok, let me rephrase the question then... I did try and look for AD700 and A700 (ultimate gamer that wants a little base and listens to some music and watches videos as well).

Where I'm from (Philippines) and they are currently not available or very hard to find are are priced twice what their actual price is.

I will buy a Titanium HD and was wondering if the Alessandro MS1i would be decent alternatives for gaming / movies / music in a 40-30-30 split.
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post #128 of 5049
Alessandros and their more brash Grado brethren typically aren't the best headphones for gaming use because of their utter lack of sound stage. The Alessandro/Grado sound is also really suited to pretty much one genre: rock. Beyond that, it's a love/hate relationship.
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post #129 of 5049
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I will buy a Titanium HD and was wondering if the Alessandro MS1i would be decent alternatives for gaming / movies / music in a 40-30-30 split.
I wouldn't get anywhere near those for gaming, personally. I'm not sure what headphones are available in your location, but Sennheisers and Beyerdynamics would be great. A little lower, the JVC RX700 and RX900 are also very nice alternative for their price.
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Ok thanks for the help there, I'll definitely stay away from the MS1's then. Now here's my problem when it comes to Sennheisers, we only have these models available, HD 485, 515, 518, 558 and the 598 available. Which one should I be looking at? I know people mentioned the 555 but I can't find any where I come from?

EDIT: I checked out the Sennheiser site and compared the 555 and 558, they are technically the same in terms of specs. Should I go for these since I can't find the 555?
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