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Anybody have experience with Headphones through Astro Mixamp? (Using Dolby Headphones sound processing)

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I'm trying to determine what would be the best headphones to use for it for gaming in general with an emphasis on competitive (ie footsteps, positioning) They will also be used for music, but that is secondary.

I know the audio-technica ATH-AD700s are great for competitive gaming, but I don't really want an open headphone. After a lot of research, I came upon the Creative Aurvana Live! headphones which are apparently amazing but I couldn't find much in terms of how they work with Dolby Headphones. I found a lot of reviews with the AD700s saying they work extremely well with Dolby Headphones.

I eventually found a pair of the Creative headphones online for $50 but the website I ordered it from (2 weeks ago) never shipped anything, and today I noticed their website is now offline and their phone number is disconnected. (CostPi.com) So disclaimer: **** those guys, they can eat a bag of turds.

Anyway, that puts me back in the position of ordering headphones, and I'm second guessing my previous choice (CALs) due to not knowing how well they work with the Mixamp/Dolby Headphones.

I had a previous topic on this when deciding what headphones to go for, which you can view here: DO NOT BUMP

So: I need to know a set of cans that works stupendously well with Dolby Headphones for around $50 to $150. I'm leaning towards either the CALs or AD700s.

What do you guys think?
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A member at Head-fi made a very thorough review of a bunch of headphones on the astro mix amp using dolby headphone.
http://www.head-fi.org/t/534479/mad-lust-envys-headphone-gaming-guide-updated-10-30-12-dt990-listings-merged-and-updated

Best Closed headphones for gaming in your price range would be Ultrasone Pro 550s. Closed headphones really arent the best for gaming but the large cups and angle drivers on the Pro 550s really help and make it the best option for you.
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Alright I have the headphones now, and I think something might be wrong with the Mixamp. When I turn on Dolby Headphone the sound becomes distant, "hollow", and feels fuzzy. It does not facilitate positioning enemies very well at all. Compared to my Turtle Beach X11s, well, they simply aren't comparable... The TBs give me rather good positioning, whereas I can't tell very much with the Mixamp. I've tried the Mixamp with different headphones, and they all do have that distant hollow feel to them.

To people with Mixamps, does this sound familiar at all? If I turn off Dolby Headphones it works fine in stereo.
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I'm not sure I know what you mean by hollow, but I did have an astro mixamp and wasn't a huge fan of it. Now that I run everything through an xfi titanium, I like the 3d positioning much better.

The mixamp is also designed for higher impedance headphones, like fullsize cans. I see you're already looking at those but just an fyi. I used my earbuds with the mixamp, and I had to keep the mixamp turned almost all the way down. At the extreme ends there is some distortion in the sound.
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Originally Posted by MME1122 View Post

I'm not sure I know what you mean by hollow, but I did have an astro mixamp and wasn't a huge fan of it. Now that I run everything through an xfi titanium, I like the 3d positioning much better.
The mixamp is also designed for higher impedance headphones, like fullsize cans. I see you're already looking at those but just an fyi. I used my earbuds with the mixamp, and I had to keep the mixamp turned almost all the way down. At the extreme ends there is some distortion in the sound.

I already received the cans (Went with CALs) which were highly rated with Dolby Digital (From a Mixamp) by the thread linked in the second post.
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