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So, I've been searching online for hours and cannot find an answer to my dilemma.

I have the Creative Soundblaster Recon3D soundcard (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102041).

I am ordering the Astro A40 headset because it is the most comfortable headset I've ever put on, 2 of my friends own them so I have been able to test out the merchandise and I haven't been able to comfortably wear anything else. I just returned the Sennheiser PC350's because they clamped my head like a vice and made my ears sweat, I just couldn't get used to them.

I have two options,

1. Get the headset only and plug the 3.5mm jacks into my soundcard.

2. Return the soundcard and just get the mixamp and plug it into the optical port on my mobo.

The sound card and mixamp will cost the same amount, so I'm not sure which option would be better. I've read other threads saying the sound card + the mixamp would be redundant, I'm simply attempting to figure out which part of the redundancy I should eliminate.

Either way saves me around 50 bucks. The soundcard has Dolby Digital Live but if I'm understanding correctly, that only works with optical anyway, so If I wanted to use that I would need the mixamp anyhow. I really am not trying to come off as an "I just want Astros" guy, but I'm honestly mainly getting them because they fit so comfortably.

Thanks so much in advance smile.gif
post #2 of 17
Music/movies or gaming? The Mixamp has dolby headphone and is great for a wide soundstage.

I just got a pair of A50s about two weeks ago and absolutely love them as well. (but I use mine on xbox and didn't have your delima).
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post #3 of 17
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Basically I'm trying to find the best of both worlds.

I want a good headset for music and movies though if I'm watching movies I will switch over to my 2.1 speakers. So more music than movies

And gaming, I play some MMO games (usually without sound) while using ventrilo, and lots of single player games, sometimes FPS games, but mostly just campaign, I dont play BF3 or MW competitively or anything.
post #4 of 17
Vote, astro mixamp, return the creative recon 3d, I am sure the headset will work better with their own amp. I have teste my recon 3d with hd 201 they sound better than my G930 and same like gamecom 780 plantronics. some day will try the astro or will go the way of superlux 681
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post #5 of 17
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That makes sense, I'm going to attempt to borrow the A40s this weekend to test them with the sound card. The main reason for getting the A40's (at least for me) is the fit, haven't found any other headset that fits my weirdly shaped head properly tongue.gif
post #6 of 17
lol, good luck!! try both mixamp and sound card the same day, so you can compare it. and tell me which one has better sound.
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post #7 of 17
The Recon3D is pretty much Creative's worst sound card out of the past 3-4 generations. Right now the best is the Z series that was just released, followed by the X-Fi's.

You are likely better off with the Mixamp regardless.

As for the Sennheisers, the PC 360s are much nicer than the 350s, velour instead of pleather on the ear pads, and much less of a head crushing vise grip.
Edited by zinfinion - 5/26/13 at 11:23am
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post #8 of 17
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Sounds like getting rid of the sound card is the move. I thought the sound quality of the recon3d was excellent, but I really don't have any other card for comparison. I just figured less parts between the headphones and the computer would be the way to go. headphones to headphone extender to mixamp to pc is a lot of connections.
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It is, thats why I took the A40s back and got my A50s.
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post #10 of 17
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Thank you for your responses and advice.

I am ordering the A40's with the mixamp and keeping my soundcard as well for now.

The way I see it, I can try it both ways and see what I like best. I have until the end of Jan to return the sound card, and if I prefer the sound card, I will just have a brand new mixamp pro which retails for $130 so I can probably turn $50 into ~$100+

I will reply to this thread with my findings for anyone interested.
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