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Thread Starter 
I have Sennheiser PC-360s, and I only game. Instead of doing a sound card, I'm interested in driving these cans reasonably and accurately for gaming, that's all I do with this setup (my work setup is more serious).

Any recommendations for an amp/dac that is a reasonable bang for the buck for this purpose?

EDIT: budget < $500
Edited by ChestySpankers - 4/8/12 at 8:44pm
 
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24v PMP-450S RP-45X2 version 2.0 CTR-SPD24X2 Dual 24V Pump Controller Primochill LRT 1/2" x 3/4" 
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Simcraft Apex 3 GT Motion Simulator CubeControls N35 Wheel + Quick Release CubeControls Cube GT Wheel + Quick Release CubeControls SLI-Box 
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post #2 of 10
budget?
post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by chinesekiwi View Post

budget?

Hundreds? >$500 is too much.
 
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EK-FC680 GTX Backplate EK-RAM Dominator - Acetal+EN (Nickel) Watercool MO-RA3 4 x 180mm PRO Extreme Radiator... 24v PMP-450S 
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24v PMP-450S RP-45X2 version 2.0 CTR-SPD24X2 Dual 24V Pump Controller Primochill LRT 1/2" x 3/4" 
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Koolance Quick Disconnect VL3N Windows 7 x64 Asus VG278H 27-Inch LED 3D Monitor Asus VG278H 27-Inch LED 3D Monitor 
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Asus VG278H 27-Inch LED 3D Monitor Microsoft wireless Silverstone ST1500 CaseLabs M10 and Pedestal 
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Lamptron FC4 Lamptron FC8 EK GeForce 680 GTX VGA Liquid Cooling Block EK GeForce 680 GTX VGA Liquid Cooling Block 
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EK GeForce 680 GTX VGA Liquid Cooling Block EK-FC680 GTX Backplate EK-FC680 GTX Backplate EK-RAM Dominator - Acetal+EN (Nickel) 
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24v PMP-450S RP-45X2 version 2.0 CTR-SPD24X2 Dual 24V Pump Controller Primochill LRT 1/2" x 3/4" 
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post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 
Shopping tonight, would be great to get this out of the way if you have a recommendation...
 
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EK-FC680 GTX Backplate EK-RAM Dominator - Acetal+EN (Nickel) Watercool MO-RA3 4 x 180mm PRO Extreme Radiator... 24v PMP-450S 
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24v PMP-450S RP-45X2 version 2.0 CTR-SPD24X2 Dual 24V Pump Controller Primochill LRT 1/2" x 3/4" 
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Koolance Quick Disconnect VL3N Windows 7 x64 Asus VG278H 27-Inch LED 3D Monitor Asus VG278H 27-Inch LED 3D Monitor 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Asus VG278H 27-Inch LED 3D Monitor Microsoft wireless Silverstone ST1500 CaseLabs M10 and Pedestal 
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24v PMP-450S RP-45X2 version 2.0 CTR-SPD24X2 Dual 24V Pump Controller Primochill LRT 1/2" x 3/4" 
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post #5 of 10
Some would argue that game sounds are positioned to be heard on speakers, so you don't get the proper imaging without some kind of virtual surround processing like Dolby Headphones or Creative's CMSS-3D, both of which are kind of flawed in different ways and of course not perfectly tuned to the precise dimensions of your head and ears, but maybe better than nothing.

If you want one of those, you want an Asus or Creative sound card respectively, at least as part of the chain.

If not, just get a FiiO E10. It doesn't make sense to spend any more to drive just PC-360s.
post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 
@mikeaj - are you convinced by the sound of that tech?

Based on my build, if it is worthwhile I'll throw out the PC360s, but most of the tech I've seen is gimmicky. I'll admit my knowledge is dated, so if I'm out of date and there is something worth doing, just tell me and I'll move forward.

Thank you for the advice.
 
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Bitspower Compression fittings - shiny Noiseblocker NB-BlackSilentPro PK-1 140mm x 25m... Noiseblocker NB-Multiframe M12-S1 120mmx25mm Ul... EK-Supreme HF - Acetal+EN (Nickel) 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Lamptron FC4 Lamptron FC8 EK GeForce 680 GTX VGA Liquid Cooling Block EK GeForce 680 GTX VGA Liquid Cooling Block 
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EK GeForce 680 GTX VGA Liquid Cooling Block EK-FC680 GTX Backplate EK-FC680 GTX Backplate EK-RAM Dominator - Acetal+EN (Nickel) 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK-FC680 GTX Backplate EK-RAM Dominator - Acetal+EN (Nickel) Watercool MO-RA3 4 x 180mm PRO Extreme Radiator... 24v PMP-450S 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
24v PMP-450S RP-45X2 version 2.0 CTR-SPD24X2 Dual 24V Pump Controller Primochill LRT 1/2" x 3/4" 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Koolance Quick Disconnect VL3N Windows 7 x64 Asus VG278H 27-Inch LED 3D Monitor Asus VG278H 27-Inch LED 3D Monitor 
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Asus VG278H 27-Inch LED 3D Monitor Microsoft wireless Silverstone ST1500 CaseLabs M10 and Pedestal 
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Razer Naga Epic Razer Megasoma Sennheiser PC360 FiiO E10 Headphone DAC/Amp 
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Simcraft Apex 3 GT Motion Simulator CubeControls N35 Wheel + Quick Release CubeControls Cube GT Wheel + Quick Release CubeControls SLI-Box 
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EVGA GeForce GTX 680 SC+ w/Backplate CORSAIR DOMINATOR GT 16GB  Samsung 830 Pioneer BDR-206DBK 12x Internal Blu-ray Disc/DV... 
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Bitspower Compression fittings - shiny Noiseblocker NB-BlackSilentPro PK-1 140mm x 25m... Noiseblocker NB-Multiframe M12-S1 120mmx25mm Ul... EK-Supreme HF - Acetal+EN (Nickel) 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Lamptron FC4 Lamptron FC8 EK GeForce 680 GTX VGA Liquid Cooling Block EK GeForce 680 GTX VGA Liquid Cooling Block 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK GeForce 680 GTX VGA Liquid Cooling Block EK-FC680 GTX Backplate EK-FC680 GTX Backplate EK-RAM Dominator - Acetal+EN (Nickel) 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK-FC680 GTX Backplate EK-RAM Dominator - Acetal+EN (Nickel) Watercool MO-RA3 4 x 180mm PRO Extreme Radiator... 24v PMP-450S 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
24v PMP-450S RP-45X2 version 2.0 CTR-SPD24X2 Dual 24V Pump Controller Primochill LRT 1/2" x 3/4" 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Koolance Quick Disconnect VL3N Windows 7 x64 Asus VG278H 27-Inch LED 3D Monitor Asus VG278H 27-Inch LED 3D Monitor 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Asus VG278H 27-Inch LED 3D Monitor Microsoft wireless Silverstone ST1500 CaseLabs M10 and Pedestal 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Razer Naga Epic Razer Megasoma Sennheiser PC360 FiiO E10 Headphone DAC/Amp 
OtherOtherOtherOther
Simcraft Apex 3 GT Motion Simulator CubeControls N35 Wheel + Quick Release CubeControls Cube GT Wheel + Quick Release CubeControls SLI-Box 
OtherOtherOtherOther
CST Gated Shifter DSD Sequential Shifter Bodnar FFB Wheel Hydraulic Tilton 600 Series Pedals 
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post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 
BTW - my main audio sources are BF3 and iRacing, so that may be the primary constraint to audio...

EDIT: Let me change this up a bit. I play BF3 a lot. Budget reasonably unconstrained (not going for high end audio), what should I get? Need mic. Use headphones. Amp/dac headphones, what is the best combo.

Certainly budget in this scenario is higher. Solid state only, this is going (amp/dac) on a motion platform where tubes won't survive for long.
Edited by ChestySpankers - 4/8/12 at 8:44pm
 
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Bitspower Compression fittings - shiny Noiseblocker NB-BlackSilentPro PK-1 140mm x 25m... Noiseblocker NB-Multiframe M12-S1 120mmx25mm Ul... EK-Supreme HF - Acetal+EN (Nickel) 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Lamptron FC4 Lamptron FC8 EK GeForce 680 GTX VGA Liquid Cooling Block EK GeForce 680 GTX VGA Liquid Cooling Block 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK GeForce 680 GTX VGA Liquid Cooling Block EK-FC680 GTX Backplate EK-FC680 GTX Backplate EK-RAM Dominator - Acetal+EN (Nickel) 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK-FC680 GTX Backplate EK-RAM Dominator - Acetal+EN (Nickel) Watercool MO-RA3 4 x 180mm PRO Extreme Radiator... 24v PMP-450S 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
24v PMP-450S RP-45X2 version 2.0 CTR-SPD24X2 Dual 24V Pump Controller Primochill LRT 1/2" x 3/4" 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Koolance Quick Disconnect VL3N Windows 7 x64 Asus VG278H 27-Inch LED 3D Monitor Asus VG278H 27-Inch LED 3D Monitor 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Asus VG278H 27-Inch LED 3D Monitor Microsoft wireless Silverstone ST1500 CaseLabs M10 and Pedestal 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Razer Naga Epic Razer Megasoma Sennheiser PC360 FiiO E10 Headphone DAC/Amp 
OtherOtherOtherOther
Simcraft Apex 3 GT Motion Simulator CubeControls N35 Wheel + Quick Release CubeControls Cube GT Wheel + Quick Release CubeControls SLI-Box 
OtherOtherOtherOther
CST Gated Shifter DSD Sequential Shifter Bodnar FFB Wheel Hydraulic Tilton 600 Series Pedals 
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Bitspower Compression fittings - shiny Noiseblocker NB-BlackSilentPro PK-1 140mm x 25m... Noiseblocker NB-Multiframe M12-S1 120mmx25mm Ul... EK-Supreme HF - Acetal+EN (Nickel) 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Lamptron FC4 Lamptron FC8 EK GeForce 680 GTX VGA Liquid Cooling Block EK GeForce 680 GTX VGA Liquid Cooling Block 
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EK GeForce 680 GTX VGA Liquid Cooling Block EK-FC680 GTX Backplate EK-FC680 GTX Backplate EK-RAM Dominator - Acetal+EN (Nickel) 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK-FC680 GTX Backplate EK-RAM Dominator - Acetal+EN (Nickel) Watercool MO-RA3 4 x 180mm PRO Extreme Radiator... 24v PMP-450S 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
24v PMP-450S RP-45X2 version 2.0 CTR-SPD24X2 Dual 24V Pump Controller Primochill LRT 1/2" x 3/4" 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Koolance Quick Disconnect VL3N Windows 7 x64 Asus VG278H 27-Inch LED 3D Monitor Asus VG278H 27-Inch LED 3D Monitor 
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Asus VG278H 27-Inch LED 3D Monitor Microsoft wireless Silverstone ST1500 CaseLabs M10 and Pedestal 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Razer Naga Epic Razer Megasoma Sennheiser PC360 FiiO E10 Headphone DAC/Amp 
OtherOtherOtherOther
Simcraft Apex 3 GT Motion Simulator CubeControls N35 Wheel + Quick Release CubeControls Cube GT Wheel + Quick Release CubeControls SLI-Box 
OtherOtherOtherOther
CST Gated Shifter DSD Sequential Shifter Bodnar FFB Wheel Hydraulic Tilton 600 Series Pedals 
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post #8 of 10
Nah, if you need a headset with a mic, PC360 is kind of where it's at. Beyerdynamic MMX 2 might fit some other tastes better maybe, but AFAIK it's maybe more of a sidegrade (haven't tried them exactly, but I've heard a DT 770 which I think is similar).

IMHO both Dolby Headphone and CMSS-3D both sound a little bit "off" to me for listening to music. IIRC they may be adding some reverb or doing some funky business that I've forgotten about. It's been a while since I tried either. I don't play any games that require positional audio, so I haven't tried either for gaming unfortunately. The physics are real and the solutions well motivated--if not well implemented--assuming that the sounds are mixed to be played back on speakers. For music I use this crossfeed plugin:
http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index.php?s=f696017ac8d884dfa061b615115af073&showtopic=90764&st=0

There's a short description and diagram there of the technical aspect. Some people swear by it, others don't.

There also exist some hardware that can do something similar, though I'm not sure if any are implementing (in hardware...with analog parts) something quite as sophisticated. A simple implementation just does a lowpass filter + delay of L channel and adds that to R channel, and vice versa, which may not really help in many situations. e.g. this:
http://www.leckertonaudio.com/products/uha-4/


Unless you do want to use some virtual surround or crossfeed processing, the headset is pretty much almost everything by itself. The other components have much less of an effect on sound quality and probably the perception of game sounds (positioning and everything else). You'd be looking at the last 5%, where of course "5%" is obviously a made-up figure that doesn't correspond to anything real.
Edited by mikeaj - 4/8/12 at 9:40pm
post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 
@mikeaj - thank you so much for your time.

I see things haven't changed. I do use crossfeed in my meier corda with my hd600s at work, but it is only a slight difference, but seemingly subtle and worthwhile. Anything that sounds good to the listener IS good, regardless of others' opinions.

I'm a fan of single ended triodes for music, and my meier just hasn't convinced me otherwise. I like it, but tube are simply delicious, so I have considered reusing my "investment' for gaming....but reusing a corda for gaming might be over the top!
 
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There are various tube amp emulators in software and hardware DSP devices with such options (solid-state obviously, some are cheap like under $100 for Behringer DSP2024P), though I don't think that'd really help for gaming heh. You don't get the tube glow or maybe the exact sound of one particular circuit, but apparently they can be fairly convincing.

It's been a while since I looked at it, but I think the Meier crossfeed counts as relatively simple, with some of the weaknesses described earlier and in the link.
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