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Well guys, I am fed up of my onboard sound headphone combination. So I am looking for a new high quality sound card and a new headset. Headset does NOT need a mic.

I do have quite a few expansion ports, and money isn't that much of an issue, so some recommondations would be nice.
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post #2 of 14
We need your budget.
Since you obviously play BC2, Xonars are out.

Some options:
Get X-fi Titanium or X-fi Titainum HD.
For phones, get RX700, RX900, AD700, HD555/558, DT770 depending on budget.
post #3 of 14
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Fine $130 limit for headphones, sound card $130.
Edited by Zackcy - 7/21/11 at 1:54pm
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post #4 of 14
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Ok $230 budget for both items combined.
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post #5 of 14
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Well just bought an X-fi Titanium. Will look for a headset soon.
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post #6 of 14
If you get a HD555 you can open them up and remove the foam pads to let more at in at the driver and increase the value of the headphones by about 100$. Its the simplest thing you could ever do, just pealing away a foam pad thing. There are guides somewhere on this site.

Should be able to get a pair for around your budget. For soundcard I would recommend my Asus Xonar ST or STX but that may blow the budget even though it is an amassing sound card.
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post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by james_ant View Post
If you get a HD555 you can open them up and remove the foam pads to let more at in at the driver and increase the value of the headphones by about 100$. Its the simplest thing you could ever do, just pealing away a foam pad thing. There are guides somewhere on this site.

Should be able to get a pair for around your budget. For soundcard I would recommend my Asus Xonar ST or STX but that may blow the budget even though it is an amassing sound card.
$200! Good lord !

Well I know that's not THAT expensive. Do they really sound that good though? I'll look into it.....


I'm looking into a simulated surround sound headset. It's for gaming.
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post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by Zackcy View Post

I'm looking into a simulated surround sound headset. It's for gaming.
Not necessary, but if you want it, all the Xonars and recent X-fis can simulate surround.
post #9 of 14
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Not necessary, but if you want it, all the Xonars and recent X-fis can simulate surround.
Yes but the actual headset needs to as well.
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post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by Zackcy View Post
Yes but the actual headset needs to as well.
Why does the headset have to do simulated surround? Isn't the sound card enough? The only way to make the headset do surround is to get a USB gaming headset. And why do you even want simulated surround? Stereo gives you more than enough 3D positioning.
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