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The Sony XB500 is impossible to find at $40 in what i was just looking...is it discontinued or something?

They are gone bud. I used to have them. Really nice in terms of Bass and very comfortable. Not the most durable thing though.

I just got a SR850. I am blow away how good they sound. One problem i have is that @ 100% volume playing Flac they dont sound good. What could be the problem.

As far as Sound Card. If i get a STX and save for them or get something external like FiiO E10?
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Simca, does the xonar d1 have the same problem as DX in BC2? and is it great for gaming as well?
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Just ordered AD700 + Sound Blaster Z. Only used integrated sound card + gaming headsets such as Siberia V2 and Logitech G35 (USB) etc. This will be very exciting. smile.gif
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Hello audiophiles. I recently discovered this thread a bit too late as I had just purchased a wireless logitech g930 headset for my new gaming rig. Suffice to say I am not pleased....mad.gif
I have a pair of logitech z313 2.0 speakers which I plan on upgrading to a better 2.1 set after the new year. For the time being I am looking to return the g930 and would like to grab a wired headset or a nice pair of headphones and desk mic....whichever fits my budget the best. They will be primarily (90% of the time) be used for gaming and VOIP namely for Battlefield 4.

I should note that I know little to nothing about audio and for the moment will be just using the creative onboard on the Maximus Hero VI and thus trying to pick a pair and stay inside my budget is proving to be difficult.
My budget is 100-150 US for either a headset or the headphones and mic.
Priorities are: quality(for the budget at least) and comfort equally. I have a pretty small sized head. Suggestions would be great. wink.gif
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I've medium sized ears, but the problem is I sweat a lot and also it's really hot in my room to the point where wearing a tight headphone really cramps my head. Which one do you recommend, the 681 or the 668- large difference between the two? Also would the lower end Sennheiser 518/515, or maybe a 558 be a good option? I really liked the general design of these headphones, and feel like they wouldn't be that heavy/tight fit for me.
hd668b is the best sounding out-of-the-box, but it still has the annoyingly strong highs (can be fixed with EQ though, -5dB to 8kHz range should do the job).
As for the sennheiser, I have heard too many horror-stories of the hd5xx plastic joints/headbands. I know 7 guys who own/owned a sennheiser with the same joint/headband design and 4 of them broke in under 3 years.
Edited by Tiihokatti - 9/20/13 at 8:22am
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post #2376 of 5049
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hd668b is the best sounding out-of-the-box, but it still has the annoyingly strong highs (can be fixed with EQ though, -5dB to 8kHz range should do the job).
As for the sennheiser, I have heard too many horror-stories of the hd5xx plastic joints. I know 7 guys who own/owned a sennheiser with the same joint design and 4 of them broke in under 3 years.

I just wanted to add that the issue of the joints breaking with the HD5xx series died with the 515/555/595. I've had the HD518 for 2+ years now (almost 3 years) and still no cracks whatsoever. Sennheiser addressed that when they launched this new series by using different materials / resin for the 518/558/598. As for the best sounding of the 3, I chose between the same headphones and ended up getting the 518 since it sounded the best of the bunch (it had good bass response, the highs sound much better and has the better sound stage IMO. Add to the fact that they are by far more comfortable on the head and ears since i am able to use them for 6+ hours without any sweating or discomfort (I live in a tropical country), it's definitely better than the Superlux. It's actually comparable to the 555 (modded to have more bass) versus the 515.
Edited by mark_thaddeus - 9/20/13 at 8:24am
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post #2377 of 5049
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Simca, does the xonar d1 have the same problem as DX in BC2? and is it great for gaming as well?

It's pretty much the same card. So it has all the problems/benefits the DX has in regards to gaming, positioning and SQ.
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post #2378 of 5049
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They are gone bud. I used to have them. Really nice in terms of Bass and very comfortable. Not the most durable thing though.

I just got a SR850. I am blow away how good they sound. One problem i have is that @ 100% volume playing Flac they dont sound good. What could be the problem.

As far as Sound Card. If i get a STX and save for them or get something external like FiiO E10?

I would recommend you get a sound card that doesn't make you spend more for it's "amp" features. A DG/X would be just fine for those headphones. When you want to upgrade further I suggest looking into an external DAC.

I would assume that the reason those headphones sound bad at max volume is because your mother board's audio isn't that good and can't produce quality sound at high volumes. It's a very typical problem amongst most motherboards. A soundcard should fix that problem. The sound card should also allow for higher volume capabilities.
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post #2379 of 5049
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I would recommend you get a sound card that doesn't make you spend more for it's "amp" features. A DG/X would be just fine for those headphones. When you want to upgrade further I suggest looking into an external DAC.

I would assume that the reason those headphones sound bad at max volume is because your mother board's audio isn't that good and can't produce quality sound at high volumes. It's a very typical problem amongst most motherboards. A soundcard should fix that problem. The sound card should also allow for higher volume capabilities.

When you upgrade to external DAC whats would you suggest? Also will i still need a Sound Card when i use the External DAC?
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post #2380 of 5049
Unless your source sucks and/or is giving you problems like crackling, hum, buzz, dropouts, etc. that's the last thing to upgrade. Also, even if you get something that needs a decent external amp, you can run an amp off of the sound card and thus still use the sound card for D/A.

There might be something else new and popular by the time you want an external DAC, so I don't see the need to recommend products myself (though I'm not gonna stop anybody else from chiming in)... that said, it's not like a hotbed of innovation where the theory and practice of DSP are constantly being pushed. There's nothing wrong with older gear.
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