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So recently my crappy Plantronics headphones died on me so I decided to completely upgrade my sound setup. I've already decided that I'm going to purchase an Asus Xonar Essence STX since I've heard it's a great card and also has a built in amp which can supposedly drive cans with up to 600 ohms impedance. Now I game a lot so I was wondering if I should get the DT990s or the MMX 300s. They're basically the same price except the 300s have a microphone and are supposedly built for gaming (and their impedence is only 32 ohms). Also I was planning on getting the 600 ohm version for the 990s which apparently sound much better than the lower impedance 990s when driven correctly, which I'm not completely sure the Essence is capable of doing.

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Which are better with an Essence STX: DT990s or MMX300? And can the Essence drive the 990 600 ohm version properly?
    
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I would personally get the 990s and just get a mic to clip to your desk or your keyboard wire or something along those lines.

Yes, the STX can drive the 600ohm 990s when put on the high gain setting in the Xonar Control Panel, although some "audiophiles" would argue that is cannot completely drive them properly and I am inclined to agree to an extent. My personal opinion is that it will do a very good job if this is your first time experiencing something better than your plantronics. Just make sure to research the 990s a bit and make sure the sound signature is what you are really looking for. (vs 770s (closed) and 880s (open))

Im mainly pulling my my experience with my pair of AKG K 701s, which are considered somewhat harder to drive than your average cans. They are only 62 ohm when compared to the 250/600 of the beyer models, but take a lot of current are are just as hard to drive. They worked decent on the STX & my yamaha receiver when I was trying them out originally, but really came alive when I first got my matrix m-stage to amp them. I would imagine the experience with the Beyer 990s would be similar.
    
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The MMX300 is basically a DT770 with a bad mic. Its a closed design, the DT990s are open. Closed = keeps noise in the headset to keep from distrubing anyone in the room. Open = wider soundstage. The Essence can drive the 600Ω 990s but not to their potential. If you want to pickup a good but cheap amp thats runs the 990s well the FiiO E9 is going for $93 on amazon [ame="http://www.amazon.com/FiiO-Desktop-Headphone-Amplifier-Dock/dp/B004M172FY/"]Amazon.com: FiiO E9 Desktop Headphone Amplifier and Dock for E7 USB DAC: Electronics[/ame]
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Thanks for the quick reply. I did some additional research in the meantime and apparently the Sennheiser PC360s are excellent for gaming and come with a nice boom mic as well. I'll prolly research some more since I'm not a fan of the open design unlike the 990s semi open design but I'm definately considering them.
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The MMX300 is basically a DT770 with a bad mic. Its a closed design, the DT990s are open. Closed = keeps noise in the headset to keep from distrubing anyone in the room. Open = wider soundstage. The Essence can drive the 600Ω 990s but not to their potential. If you want to pickup a good but cheap amp thats runs the 990s well the FiiO E9 is going for $93 on amazon Amazon.com: FiiO E9 Desktop Headphone Amplifier and Dock for E7 USB DAC: Electronics

Ah that was just the amp I was considering. Although i'm not sure if the difference between a dedicated amp and a soundcard amp will be worth 100 bucks for a beginner like me. After all this is my first expensive setup, before this I was using unamped Plantronic 777s wit an onboard Realtek decoder.
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The PC360s are a great choice for gaming headset. I've seen them go as low as $180.
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If you get the PRO version of the DT 990, it's going to come with a heavy coiled cable which is going to annoy you to no end.
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