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Hey guys, I am considering a pair of headphones in preperation for BF3 as I've heard you can hear a lot of details with some nice headphones.

I'm thinking about the HD555s or AD700s as I've heard those are some of the best in that price range. I really don't know anything about headphones but gaming will be their sole purpose, for music I've got my Logitech X-530 speakers that I'm fine with.

Now on to my main questions:

1: Will the clarity and details be far superior to my X-530 surround speakers?
2: Are they even worth it using onboard sound?
(not looking to spend that much more on a sound card, plus I'd have to totally rearrange my GPU layout and move psu to the top which then means I have to remove the top fan etc etc, thanks to my mobos crappy expansion layout)

Thanks in advance.
    
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A soundcard is most definitely worth it in my opinion. The clarity of headphones is likely to be better than your speakers (assuming you spend around the same amount on headphones as your speakers cost). As headphones are much smaller than speakers, they are able to achieve the same levels of sound quality at a lower cost. A pair of $100 headphones could sound better than a pair of $400 speakers (although there are lots of other factors to consider).
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post #3 of 10
Even just by using onboard sound you will hear far superiour detail, but if you want to increase this further, grab the AD700's and a Xonar DX should be relatively cheap and perfect for your needs. If you dont mind spending more, grab an asus STX.
    
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post #4 of 10

AD700s give you the best bang for the buck if you are serious about positional audio and in that department a good set of headphones will always trump a good set of speakers.

I'd recommend the sound card I use the Xonar DX but I've heard good things of the Xonar DG considering its cost:


$26.
post #5 of 10
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Thanks for the replies but like I said a sound card is unfortunately out of the question for the reasons stated above. Cost, repositioning GPUs, moving PSU to top of case, removing 230mm fan, replacing with a couple 120mm's, buying longer SLI bridge. Really not worth it to me.

But considering all of that, as zkyz said, a pair of hd555s or ad700s will still definitely be better and a worthwhile purchase while using onboard sound?

If so you guys seem to think the ad700s are better for my needs over hd555s?
    
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1.) Yes, if you plan on grabbing the AD700s or HD555s, their sound will far surpass that of your logitech X-530s.

2.) Yes, even with onboard sound, you will be able to hear the majority of the full potential of the headphones. But of course with a nice soundcard/DAC, you can squeeze the rest out.

As for your question on which one of the two you have listed would suit you better, check out this link over at head-fi. I think the more opinions you get, the easier it can be to decide for yourself. Ultimately what matters is how ears like the sound, not any one else. Which makes things difficult because it can be hard to figure out what exactly you would like.
    
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post #7 of 10
Neither one has lots of bass. AD700's soundstage is way better than hd555s so gaming wise ad700 will be better and much more comfy.
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For the price you can do alot better. Just depends on your musical preferences and what you want to use it for. I got a ultrasone pro 550 for $99. It'll beat the hd555 in almost every aspect. AD700s can be found for $80, and it'll beat hd555 in soundstage and probably in rock/metal music as well.
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AD700 beat HD555 in rock? Really? HD555 excel in classic rock, and neither of these headphones are anywhere near suited for metal. They're different, yes. The AD700 are brighter whereas the 555 are more neutral, but I certainly don't think the AD700 are "better". The Ultrasone I haven't heard and can't comment on.
post #10 of 10
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Thanks guys, read your posts and checked around a bit and I think I'll be going with the AD700s. Supposedly they're much more comfortable too which is a nice plus for long sessions.

Oh one other thing, how are the drivers? As I said I know next to nothing about audio but I've heard of sennheiser before, never audio technica.
    
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