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I was thinking about a Xonar DG for about $23.00 and a pair of AD-700s. Would that be the best deal for my money? I read that the Xonar DG is a good card even though its cheap.

I'll mostly be using the card for headphones but also the speakers on my V242 monitor.

I know NOTHING about sound cards
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Yeap, it's all good. As long as you have a PCI slot, you are on the right track with those 2 items. Speakers on the monitor are also useless even with a soundcard. Get decent speakers if you need them as well.

Personally, I use speakers 10x more than headphones, as I like not having something cupping my ears all the time, so I always spend my money on speakers first. But, to each his own.
    
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See, a lot of people go for the AD700 these days like they all went for the HD555 just about a year ago. However, it seems like no one actually knew what they were getting.

Do you have music preferences? Are you a pure positional gamer (highly competitive FPS) or are you an immersion player (get into the game)?
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post #4 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by RallyMaster View Post
See, a lot of people go for the AD700 these days like they all went for the HD555 just about a year ago. However, it seems like no one actually knew what they were getting.

Do you have music preferences? Are you a pure positional gamer (highly competitive FPS) or are you an immersion player (get into the game)?
That's kinda what I'm thinking too. I like to be able to track footsteps and gunshots but I don't want my explosions to sound like nothing.
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Well I mostly listen to ALL THE THINGS. Seriously though... hard rock, hip hop/rap, dubstep, indie stuff, little bit o' screamo. I also play ALL THE THINGS too. Seriously though... StarCraft 2 (mostly), some FPSs, anything else
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If you play shooters I recommend an X-Fi card, imo they produce better positional audio. If not, those Xonar do sound great with music.
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Quote:
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Well I mostly listen to ALL THE THINGS. Seriously though... hard rock, hip hop/rap, dubstep, indie stuff, little bit o' screamo. I also play ALL THE THINGS too. Seriously though... StarCraft 2 (mostly), some FPSs, anything else
Most of those genres don't suit the AD700 or most open back headphones very well. You're better off getting some closed headphones.
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post #8 of 10
You're better off getting Samson SR850s or JVC RX700s. They're all arounders whereas the AD700s are very bass anemic and mostly meant for gaming and classical music. The Xonar DG is also 17 dollars atm, check the online deals section. You could literally spend less than 50 dollars for both.
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Well if hes doing 90% gaming might as well go for the one with the biggest soundstage, thus ad700s. Otherwise the samson or jvc or superlux hd668b will be fine.
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Well if hes doing 90% gaming might as well go for the one with the biggest soundstage, thus ad700s. Otherwise the samson or jvc or superlux hd668b will be fine.
Actually I'll be doing more listening to music more soon. I also will be listening to to my iPhones music so I won't use these for just my sound card / gaming rig. I was also thinking about some Grados S60?
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