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Is there any reason to buy 7.1 asus/creative SoundCard just for headphones? And sometimes cheap 2.1 speakers? Lets say the headphones are high end tho

If you say yes for a sound card can you recommend me one with headphone/set prefer set with mic built for FPS gaming only? How are the PC 350?

I have Siberia v2 atm and the positioning in fps is great but they aren't so comfortable to me and if I was wondering if I could find a noticeable improvement again, for FPS gaming only
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I use a pair of Sennheiser HD598s with an ASUS Xonar Essence STX card and have Dolby headphone and 7.1 Virtual Speaker Shifter enabled. Honestly, my music sounds so much better than a 7.1 headset ever would and still have great in game awareness. I get called a sound whore a lot.

Now the Senn PC 350 you mentioned don't have on board drivers and use standard 3.5 mm audio jacks. Those you could plug into a sound card (using a 3.5 to 6.5 mm audio jack if it's like mine) and use the software that comes with the card. That would work well.

But some headsets (like the Razer Tiamats) use onboard drivers and a USB connection. Buying a sound card wouldn't do you any good.

Honestly, I'd buy a sound card that's good for gaming and a quality set of headphones. Then just buy a standalone mic.


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TL;DR

If you just want better awareness in FPS and the headset you have now just isn't comfortable, just get a 7.1 headset. If you want over all better quality and still very good in game awareness, spend the money on a card, a headset, and a mic.
Edited by Search - 1/18/13 at 12:08am
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