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post #1 of 21
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As far as I know, it's because of DAC components, but I'm looking for some specific reasoning...
Edited by iSylvir - 12/25/11 at 8:52pm
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post #2 of 21
I wasnt aware they were bad?
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I was under the impression that they were inferior to say an analog headset, such as my ATH-M50S. Not bad, per say. I should probably fix that.
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post #4 of 21
USB headsets bypass the soundcard, so if you have a premium soundcard, DAC etc, all of this will be bypassed. It will work off the drivers installed, and it may not be poor, there are USB headsets that offer pretty decent quality with drivers, better speakers in the headphones. But generally audiophiles prefer analog.

I myself use a wireless USB headset for gaming and voip, due to ease of use and features.
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post #5 of 21
I feel its due to modularization. Just like when we build our computers we have a choice in the parts (and I know we all have!), since we are choosing each item separately, we are able to get a more efficient build targeting our needs. USB headsets are "all in one" so to speak. The DAC and the amplifier circuits are built in, and the user has to use the prepackaged items. Whereas audiophiles savor the ability to choose a premium DAC and a Headphone Amplifer. Of course, this assuming that the drivers in the USB headset in question deliver the same high brow sonic signature as many audiophile grade headphones such as my Sennheiser HD 580, which I doubt in most cases.
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post #6 of 21
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So what makes my M50's with a Fiio E9 amp and X-Fi Titanium sound card better than a high quality USB headset?
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What high quality headset? I would say SNR for starters. Your noise floor will most likely be better with an X-fi Titanium/Fiio E9. Also overclocking seemed to affect the SNR many audio devices connected via the USB ports for me.
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Uh, USB headsets are software accelerated by windows, and your headset is hardware accelerated by your soundcard...?
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Compared to http://www.logitech.com/en-us/gaming/headsets/devices/g35-surround-sound-headset
Basically, this thread is for the purpose of argument with a friend. I haven't been able to find a concise and reliable reason why anyone would spend more for an analog headset as opposed to a USB, but I know people do.
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Generally its because usb headsets tend to use a low quality sound card for the price, Also when you want to improve your sound. you would have to buy another usb headset. With analog headphones, if you want to improve your source. You would just upgrade the sound card instead, while keeping your headphone/audiophile grade headphone. But the Main point is Audio quality, a stand alone good headphone and a standalone good sound card would offer you better sound quality over usb headset's.

IF your looking at a Audio techinca M50, a DT770 pro-80 would be a better option, the M50 sound stage is small , while the DT770 pro-80 sound stage is bigger then the M50's. a Fiio E11 should be enough for a DT770-pro 80 as its a external amp, Tho the Fiio E9 is stronger then it.But that power isnt needed for the DT770-pro 80 unless you had a headphone that needed that much power. Unless you planning on keeping the Fiio E9 for a very long time for future headphones down the line.
Edited by admflameberg - 12/25/11 at 9:17pm
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