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You won't find a decisively better dynamic headphone than the k702 before the hd700/800 for soundstage size and image accuracy/detail retrieval, though you should consider comfort and ear fatigue too. The k702 is notoriously uncomfortable for some because of the headband bumps. The anniversary edition of the k702 fixes that and has better tonal balance (good for music) but is much more expensive. The ad700 is pretty much equivalent to the k702 for competitive fps but has a bad tonal balance and can cause ear fatigue over long gaming sessions. Anyways for competitive fps, hd800=hd700 > k702=k702 anniversary=ad700 > q701 > hd598=hd 595=hd 555 > dt 770 >> astros. If you care about bass only consider the dt 770 and the k702 anniversary. Tbh though any of those headphones will do well. The real constraint is the crappy sound engine/api's in games, but that's another story.

tldr; considering everything I'd say the k702 anniversaries are the best but they won't give you any noticeable performance advantage over someone else who's using astros due to the limited sound quality found in modern games.

As for sound cards titanium hd is if you want cmss-3d and the claro halo card is best if you want dolby headphone. Though again, for gaming a 200 usd card won't help much over a 40 usd card because most games have very limited audio capability.

Tldr; tldr; Save 500 euro and buy an ad700+xonar dg.
post #22 of 25
^ Nice post.

CMSS-3D and EQ in Titanium HD are great features for gaming.

I have cheap 30€ studio headphones, called Superlux HD 668B, which has good sound quality but not large soundstage. When compared with CMSS-3D, though, it's a totally different world. It makes soundstage huge and positioning enemies is easy.

I don't know what "analogical quality 192hz" in Xonar ST means ("big numbers marketing"?) but the first thing came to my head is 44.1khz where pretty much all music is recorded/mixed. (CDs are 44.1khz, DVDs 48khz) rolleyes.gif

Higher-end headphones need good amplification to work/sound properly, though. So Titanium HD would need external amp if paired with something like K702.
post #23 of 25
I have been able to power just about every set of headphones I own directly from my TiHD without the needfforan amp, aalthough my Grado GS1000's and PS1000's struggle. I don't have any AKG cans, so I can't speak to them specifically, but I would say that any 250Ohm or less cans will work fine.

I am actually considering getting the Q701's (in white) since I can get them for a great price, but having never used AKG I don't know what to expect....
   
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You won't find a decisively better dynamic headphone than the k702 before the hd700/800 for soundstage size and image accuracy/detail retrieval, though you should consider comfort and ear fatigue too. The k702 is notoriously uncomfortable for some because of the headband bumps. The anniversary edition of the k702 fixes that and has better tonal balance (good for music) but is much more expensive. The ad700 is pretty much equivalent to the k702 for competitive fps but has a bad tonal balance and can cause ear fatigue over long gaming sessions. Anyways for competitive fps, hd800=hd700 > k702=k702 anniversary=ad700 > q701 > hd598=hd 595=hd 555 > dt 770 >> astros. If you care about bass only consider the dt 770 and the k702 anniversary. Tbh though any of those headphones will do well. The real constraint is the crappy sound engine/api's in games, but that's another story.

tldr; considering everything I'd say the k702 anniversaries are the best but they won't give you any noticeable performance advantage over someone else who's using astros due to the limited sound quality found in modern games.

As for sound cards titanium hd is if you want cmss-3d and the claro halo card is best if you want dolby headphone. Though again, for gaming a 200 usd card won't help much over a 40 usd card because most games have very limited audio capability.

Tldr; tldr; Save 500 euro and buy an ad700+xonar dg.

What I was thinking, but more. +rep sir

Like he said, you shouldn't need an amp, although the one onboard the Xonar ST certainly wouldn't hurt.
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post #25 of 25
I've used the claro halo with the q701 and there was plenty of volume and quality sound. So I'd suspect the same from the titanium hd. Though an external dac/amp would still be a definitive upgrade, because it isn't constrained by the 12v rail and has less electrical noise to deal with.
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