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Hello everyone i'm on a search for a new headset. I'm currently using a crappy Logitech headset and my friends always complain about how they can hear my audio. I plan to spend about $150-$200. I originally planned to get ad700's but I don't really need directional audio as I don't play fps games. I also like to listen to music containing some bass. I'd appreciate if you guys could leave me some recommendations on a new headset and soundcard.

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Hello everyone i'm on a search for a new headset. I'm currently using a crappy Logitech headset and my friends always complain about how they can hear my audio. I plan to spend about $150-$200. I originally planned to get ad700's but I don't really need directional audio as I don't play fps games. I also like to listen to music containing some bass. I'd appreciate if you guys could leave me some recommendations on a new headset and soundcard.

Thanks!

Hmmmm

I will give you a recommendation based on what you can afford and then a recommendation on what I think you should save up for.

Audio technica ATH-M50s ~ 100

Antlion mod mic ~ 30

Asus DGX ~ 50


Audio technica ATH-A900x ~ 165

Antlion mod mic ~ 30

Asus DGX ~ 50 (you could go for a dedicated dac/amp later which will give you better audio quality for music for another 200)
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Thanks, you are always so helpful!

How do the pc350/360 stack up to the a900x?


btw: I have a pci slot, so i can just get the DG right?
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Thanks, you are always so helpful!

How do the pc350/360 stack up to the a900x?


btw: I have a pci slot, so i can just get the DG right?

Well you could compare the PC350s to the ATH-A900x since they are both closed headphones, but the PC360s are open, so it would be a totally different sound all together.

The ATH-A900X is much better than the PC350s. I honestly feel that unless you get something like the HD580s, HD600s, HD650, HD700s, or HD800s then sennheiser headphones are pretty sterile an anemic. Everything sounds too cold and distant. On the gaming side of things, the PC350s are a bit tight around the head. The clamping force is a bit too tight. Maybe that wears off with time, but I am not sure if I would risk it unless you HAD to have an attached boom mic.

The ATh-A900X is warmer, with nicer sound signature. They also have a more open sound compared to the PC350s, but it is still pretty stuffy sounding. The nice thing though is that they are super light and the are loose on your head while at the same time, they create a nice seal around your ears. If you are looking for closed gaming headphones, then IMO nothing touches the A900X.

That being said, you could also go to open headphones (meaning the sound will leak out, and outside sound will leak in). The main issue is that the game sound could end up leaking into your mic, so people might hear the game. I don't really think this would be too big of an issue though. Open headphones are going to give you a much larger sound stage. They will sound more airy and natural.

If you do decide to go with the open headphones, then look for used sennheiser HD580s. (they are discontinued which is why you have to find them used.). They will probably be your best bet for music in your budget.
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post #5 of 11
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Thanks, you are always so helpful!

How do the pc350/360 stack up to the a900x?


btw: I have a pci slot, so i can just get the DG right?

Tjj226 Angel answered your headphone question, I'll answer the btw smile.gif

Yes, if you have a PCI slot, go ahead and get the DG. It's a great card. I have one and really haven't felt like I'm missing anything.

Use the connections on the card itself if you can to avoid any potential interference from other components inside your case.
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Tjj226 Angel answered your headphone question, I'll answer the btw smile.gif

Yes, if you have a PCI slot, go ahead and get the DG. It's a great card. I have one and really haven't felt like I'm missing anything.

Use the connections on the card itself if you can to avoid any potential interference from other components inside your case.

Oops. Forgot about that part.

I have to agree and disagree. If you ONLY have a PCI slot, then get the DG. If you have any PCIe slot available, then go with the DGX.

PCI is being phased out, and being replaced with PCIe. If you ever decide to upgrade your current system, you might have to change out your sound card as well. The DGX is more future proof in that sense.

The asus DG is a good sound card, but I feel like the DGX is the wiser purchase if that makes any sense.
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Oops. Forgot about that part.

I have to agree and disagree. If you ONLY have a PCI slot, then get the DG. If you have any PCIe slot available, then go with the DGX.

PCI is being phased out, and being replaced with PCIe. If you ever decide to upgrade your current system, you might have to change out your sound card as well. The DGX is more future proof in that sense.

The asus DG is a good sound card, but I feel like the DGX is the wiser purchase if that makes any sense.

Makes sense to me, though I do have to say that I haven't yet seen a full ATX or Micro ATX board without at least 1 normal PCI slot.

Well...before I even hit submit I have to eat my words. I just looked at my local Frys website and found a bunch of them (mostly Intel boards, there are 2 AMD boards that lack PCI slots there now)...I hadn't noticed that on full or micro atx before, though I have seen it on other form factors.
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Makes sense to me, though I do have to say that I haven't yet seen a full ATX or Micro ATX board without at least 1 normal PCI slot.

Well...before I even hit submit I have to eat my words. I just looked at my local Frys website and found a bunch of them (mostly Intel boards, there are 2 AMD boards that lack PCI slots there now)...I hadn't noticed that on full or micro atx before, though I have seen it on other form factors.

Yeah with Z77 in particular PCI kind disappeared. I have a BUNCH of PCI cards when I had my socket 1366 rig, but when I went to Z77, I had to sell them all. sad-smiley-002.gif

In any case, that is why I only recommend PCIe cards now vs PCI. thumb.gif
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Yeah with Z77 in particular PCI kind disappeared. I have a BUNCH of PCI cards when I had my socket 1366 rig, but when I went to Z77, I had to sell them all. sad-smiley-002.gif

In any case, that is why I only recommend PCIe cards now vs PCI. thumb.gif
hey tjj I'm still looking around and considering options. What sound card would be ideal for a pair of astro a40's? I'm just curious because I'm hearing all kinds of weird suggestions.
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hey tjj I'm still looking around and considering options. What sound card would be ideal for a pair of astro a40's? I'm just curious because I'm hearing all kinds of weird suggestions.

Well I have to say that astros of all shapes and sizes suck.....bad. That company makes some seriously poor built products. My friend ended up going through like 3 or 4 pairs of the A50s before he gave up on them and went with headphones.

I digress.

Was would be the best card for it...hmmmm

I think the answer would be no sound card at all. The reason being is because of the mix amp. The Mix amp is going to use an optical cable from your PC, so you could actually have it coming from your motherboard (digital audio is nothing more than 1s and 0s coming from your PC....no hardware you have will turn your 1s and 0s into anything other then that ((technically speaking you can actually have hardware that changes the digital output, but I think that is too tecnical for what you need to bother with )) ).


The Mix amp also does everything that a sound card would do, plus it looks like it might also act as an amp, but I am not 100% sure on that one.

In any case, I still urge you to get headphones and then add the mod mic to it.
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