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How does the quality of the E7 compare with traditional sound cards? Also would it affect positional audio or certain technologies that bring out the audio in gaming?

Edit: I googled a bit and came to the conclusion that a E7 would be on par when it comes to music but gaming would be better with a sound card because it supports EAX etc.

I still think I'm going to get the E7. I just hope it doesn't hurt me too bad in the long run playing Battlefield 3 because DICE is sort of known for making good audio.
You should be good dude. I think the only thing that will hold you back is your actual FPS skill. Since you are used to onboard audio right now, the nice cans + budget DAC setup with be an upgrade no matter what. You will be at no disadvantage compaired to where you are at now.
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Originally Posted by Khaotik55 View Post
How does the quality of the E7 compare with traditional sound cards? Also would it affect positional audio or certain technologies that bring out the audio in gaming?

Edit: I googled a bit and came to the conclusion that a E7 would be on par when it comes to music but gaming would be better with a sound card because it supports EAX etc.

I still think I'm going to get the E7. I just hope it doesn't hurt me too bad in the long run playing Battlefield 3 because DICE is sort of known for making good audio.
I'm not the person to ask since my FiiO e7 sounds the same as my onboard ALC889, which sounds the same as my old Titanium HD which sounded the same as my old Essence STX, but trust me, the e7 is on par if not better on some inaudible level for being outside of the computer.

I don't know if I would recommend it though. Ignoring the E7's portability, it does nothing that the Xonar DG can't do (including being part amp). The E7 does less while costing more. Just a quick example:

Glorious Realtek ALC889:



FiiO e7:


Edited by cuad - 6/19/11 at 8:26pm
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cuad, having more sampling rates does not mean it is better. Also how you tested your equipment highly depends on your test methodology and equipment.
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Keep in mind cuad is one of the only posters here who considers ALC889 to be in any way near the quality of a dedicated sound card, let alone a Titanium HD/Essence STX. Of course you can't convince someone that they're experience is "wrong" but keep in mind that most of us disagree.

Just to keep things in perspective.
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Woo! Received my PRO 550's. Sounds heaps better even with no amp and using on-board.

I get bass but for it to be thumping or vibrating my ear drums I must have a perfect seal around my ears using the ear cups. It actually has suction against my ear which makes the bass sounds even harder.

Not sure if that's normal but yeah having a seal helps tons. (And it's quite easy to have a seal using these headphones.)

P.S. I've been wearing them for around 3 hours so far, still comfortable. They are tight on my head but I'll get used to it. My old Razer Carcharias was a bit more comfy simply due to the fact that it had cloth earpads and were nowhere near as tight. I'd sometimes forget I was wearing the Razer's because they were so loose. I don't see that happening with these! LOL

Oh and the damn straight cable is SO SHORT. I need to buy an extension because I have to sit closer to my PC.
Edited by Khaotik55 - 6/21/11 at 10:35am
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Yep, the short straight cable is annoying. I definitely got myself an extension cable within a week of owning the thing.
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