I'm doing a new build for BF4, and until last night was all set with my newly delivered Xonar Phoebus. Man, was I ever wrong.
EMI noise on mic input, little to no surround support, GX3.0 sucks, etc. The list goes on, and I can honestly say that it didn't sound THAT much better than my little SoundBlaster Audigy SE. I'll be returning it to Amazon Warehouse shortly and will never buy from ASUS again.
So, on to what brings me here. I'm torn between the Z and the ZxR, even though I probably won't be using the ACM. I use the back ports exclusively. The Burr-Brown amp and swappable op-amps are what interest me the most with the ZxR, but I'm having a little trouble justifying the ~$190 price tag over the Z.
From reading through the thread, I get a lot of mixed opinions. Some say the ZxR doesn't have a sound that is any different from the Z, while a few people claim it's a lot less sharp, or this, or that.
My uses are primarily gaming, as I'm in the competitive BF3 scene right now and will be moving to the BF4 scene upon launch. I also listen to a lot of EDM and watch movies. Speakers are a meh 2.1 setup I don't remember the brand of (cheap), while my headphones are Audio-Technica ATH-AD700's paired with a Zalman Zm-Mic1.
Pinpoint accuracy is a must for me. I like to mess around with settings a lot, so I'll be alternating between stereo output in BF3 and the 5.1 channel output until I determine which is most beneficial.
TL;DR: I play BF3(soon BF4) and want the best possible pinpoint accuracy while paired with ATH-AD700's. Z or ZxR?
Thanks in advance, looking forward to reading the replies.