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I wanted to thank the OP/Janitor of this thread. Im off onboard audio and even with a small investment with the Samson SR850 headphones Ive been introduced to a whole new world. I wish I read this thread before buying a headset.

However, I do have one question regarding mics...

The few that I am considering in this thread are USB mics. Will a USB mic still be processed through my new sound card? Or is this just something that is a direct interface to my motherboard? I guess Im confused as to why we wouldnt just have a direct interface to the new soundcard. Since Im an audio n00b pardon me if this was addressed elsewhere.

And I do have one question regarding 2.1 active speakers... [EDIT: Looks like this is addressed just a few posts back so disregard]


Thanks!
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Ah, good call. I do forget that people don't like the headband. It never got to me, personally, but I've had thick, longer hair for quite some time tongue.gif.

Why am I picturing Fabio?
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Haha I wish I was the content creator, but the thread is due for a long needed overhaul. Real life is just a helluva thing. And no, not quite Fabio biggrin.gif. Probably not as handsome anyways tongue.gif.
 
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Pez no love for the Sennheiser he 280 pro's? I have them and got to try the audio Technica entry level headset I have to honestly say I was unimpressed with the audio Technica's both are studio neutral yet the audio Technica's didn't give the same depth I'm accustomed to with the hd280's
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Sorry, once again, this wasn't my original content, I just took over ownership of the thread.

I've tried the HD 280 on a few occasions and I generally like them. They're unoffensive and have a generally pleasant sound. However, their comfort has much to be desired. That being said, if you do like those, I suggest trying out the 380s by Sennheiser as a potential replacement/upgrade.
 
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post #4996 of 5008
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The few that I am considering in this thread are USB mics. Will a USB mic still be processed through my new sound card? Or is this just something that is a direct interface to my motherboard? I guess Im confused as to why we wouldnt just have a direct interface to the new soundcard. Since Im an audio n00b pardon me if this was addressed elsewhere.

USB mics have the ADC(analog to digital converter) and amp build in, so they don't need your soundcard. It just gets recognized as a standalone audio device by your system.

You can get mics with a 3.5mm plug too if you want to use your soundcard, but I've found that USB interfaces for microphones are overall more solid than most soundcards and onboard solutions.
Edited by Gilles3000 - 5/2/17 at 1:25am
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USB mics have the ADC(analog to digital converter) and amp build in, so they don't need your soundcard. It just get recognized as a standalone audio device by your system.

You can get mics with a 3.5mm plug too if you want to use your soundcard, but I've found that USB interfaces for microphones are overall more solid than most soundcards and onboard solutions.

I'll second this. My X-FI Titanium HD was great for sound, but the mics input was never consistent through several mics. Ever since going to the Blue Yeti, I've yet to have a problem that was Mic related. USB mic + optical sound for me has been one of the most painless sound setups I've had to date.
 
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post #4998 of 5008
oops sorry for that pez tongue.gif and yeah the titanium probably sounds better than the Z wouldn't know since i don't have one but i do have the Z and i have to say they did fix the mic issues mostly it's still not perfect but eh for what i use it for atm it's fine i'm definately swapping to a proper dac later down the line but screen upgrades go first (one of the panels i'm borrowing is starting to die out frown.gif) and sadly there's not many 24" + that come with hdmi that aren't above 200$ grmbl and dvi should die out allready lol
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Originally Posted by Gilles3000 View Post

USB mics have the ADC(analog to digital converter) and amp build in, so they don't need your soundcard. It just gets recognized as a standalone audio device by your system.

You can get mics with a 3.5mm plug too if you want to use your soundcard, but I've found that USB interfaces for microphones are overall more solid than most soundcards and onboard solutions.

Thanks. That answers my question perfectly as to why its ok to not use the soundcard.
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Originally Posted by pez View Post

I'll second this. My X-FI Titanium HD was great for sound, but the mics input was never consistent through several mics. Ever since going to the Blue Yeti, I've yet to have a problem that was Mic related. USB mic + optical sound for me has been one of the most painless sound setups I've had to date.

And thank you sir! The cirectional beam mic that my soundcard comes with isnt 100% terrible. (Its about 90% terrible). But it was still better than my headset. A while back I used to fill-in host podcasts and I also want people to be able to hear me clearly in certain games that rely on clear communications (ie Squad, Rising Storm, etc). I had been leaning towards the Samson mic listed here. Its in the right price range and isnt too massive. We'll see what happens. I'll tell you what though...Now that I got the sound card and the headphones Im realizing how bad my speakers are too. Not sure if this was a blessing or a curse. I'll let you know when Im back in the thread talking about dropping $500+ on headphones thumb.gif

Overall, how do the audiophiles feel about having both a soundcard and an external DAC? I think I understand the specifics as to how and why you could need one (as explained on page one)
Edited by DMatthewStewart - 5/2/17 at 2:35pm
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