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I can finally afford to upgrade my audio where my build for the moment will mostly be complete however considering I have to upgrade audio i'm stuck.
While my friend says that surround sound using the g35's usb is amazing compared to what I currently use.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826105209&Tpk=Microsoft%20Lx-3000

I would prefer to get Sennheiser as I hear they are quite amazing but I want audio that can pick up on the lowest and highest frequencies and detect the exact area where the movement is.

As such the logitech G35's are in a lesser package and do have surround sound where Sennheiser and a Soundcard would cost more and I can't be sure that I won't still need to upgrade.

So the question is can I afford a high quality Sennheiser set up along with the soundcard ( I believe I can) and will it perform better for gaming then the G35 Headset and it's surround sound.

Let me just restress the point but locating the position of a sound in First Person Shooters is one of the key points here (specifically footsteps).

[ame="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000CMS0XU/ref=s9_simh_gw_p147_d0_g23_i6?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=1RZJV6J57YXA3ATRH96W&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938631&pf_rd_i=507846"]Amazon.com: Audio Technica ATH-AD700 Open-air Dynamic Audiophile Headphones: Electronics[/ame]
Second are these a steal price or do Sennheiser HD 280 Pro's beat these out. (I wear glasses so comfort is a tad important)
Edited by EAPidgeon - 10/24/11 at 4:59pm
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Most important thing for you is going to be the sound card. You'll want the Titanium HD for the best sound positioning in games. Either buy it from someone for cheap (70 dollars in the for sale section) or 120 from best buy.

After that the cans are up to you. You'll likely want AD700s. Find them used. (65 if you're lucky).
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Originally Posted by Simca;15440141 
Most important thing for you is going to be the sound card. You'll want the Titanium HD for the best sound positioning in games. Either buy it from someone for cheap (70 dollars in the for sale section) or 120 from best buy.

After that the cans are up to you. You'll likely want AD700s. Find them used. (65 if you're lucky).

70 bucks in the Sale section has been gone for a long time. tongue.gif

AD700 and a Xonar DX will suit your needs.
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Originally Posted by dmasteR;15440179 
AD700 and a Xonar DX will suit your needs.

DX for gaming:headscrat , i dont think its good choice , IMO the OP must stick with X-Fi cards
    
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A word on the ad700s....they are huge. The cans are greater than 4 1/2" in diameter. They sound great but they were so big they kind of sat around the top of my jaw line in an annoying way.
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Originally Posted by Simca;15440141 
Most important thing for you is going to be the sound card. You'll want the Titanium HD for the best sound positioning in games. Either buy it from someone for cheap (70 dollars in the for sale section) or 120 from best buy.

After that the cans are up to you. You'll likely want AD700s. Find them used. (65 if you're lucky).

Lies lies lies. The sound card is not important considering his onboard audio. He'll get more out of headphones.

The link below links to a bunch of screenshots of someone who dominated Crysis Wars with $40 JVC RX-700s and a Realtek ALC889, and I guarantee you that even better players than him had set ups that were just as bad. Mouse settings, ping, tactics and experience are more important.

http://www.xfire.com/profile/cuadicles/screenshots/crysiswh/

I have had a Titanium HD and two Xonar Essence STXs. They did nothing better than my ALC889, so let's put Simca's nonsense to rest.

About positioning: All you need to know is the general direction of the sound, which you can get with any stereo headphone. A lot of sound in games isn't so precise to begin with anyway. Then, your map knowledge(experience), ping and aim(mouse settings) will take over and get you on the guy fast.

I was able to hear footsteps and pin drops with the crappiest headphones back when I played Call of Duty 4, but in Crysis, those kinds of sounds were inaudible even with my current DT 990s, because that's just how the game is. You're at its mercy as well. Sound cards / headphones won't help positioning. The presentation will be different with different headphones, but the positions will be the same.

I've owned a pair of AD700s. I wouldn't buy them if I was you.
Edited by cuad - 10/25/11 at 2:58pm
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