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Appreciate you guys taking time to read this, and even more for those with time to respond and share their feedback.

I'm in the market for a new Sound card( tennative) as I just built my new system which includes the Asus Rampage iV Black Edition with onboard audio ( SoundCore 3D) though I still believe it's realtek.

Anyways.

The last time I owned an actual Sound card was back in 2004 w/ my Audigy, since then I was on a Laptop (Sager ftw) till 2009 in which I built my next PC and used the onboard audio (optical out) which at the time sounded just fine.


Now I'm curious if I've been missing out, as I'm using a Sony home Theatre THX System in my room. Game wise sounds great and same w/ music, though I'm not getting that full surround effect I'd like to feel at times and having a family I need to also keep it down during other times, so I'd like to know what people would recommend as far as some of the top headphones for Gaming/Music.


Sound card wise - Gaming / Music

Headphone wise - Gaming / Music / Chatting(optional) I can always use the external mic w/ my Cam or something else if needed as I hear some people say that headsets w/ mic's only support x OhM's which I'm not familiar w/ the hardware and specs of defining a great headset.

From what I've heard DAC's are the top, though for now looking just for a card, and from what I'm seeing the SB Z series seems to be on par w/ the Xonar/Essence series from Asus (IF grabbing the ZxR vs the Z/Zx)

About Headphones: I HATE headphones with insane bass that just muffles the crap out of things, I LOVE clear sound but w/ the right tone and bass, NOT unbalanced or unsupported to where it just breaks things.

With that out of the way looking to pick up a set on the way home from work today, and if suggested a Sound Card as well as Fry's carries both, though I guess I"m mainly concerned about Zx vs ZxR on Creative etc.


Appreciate your input!
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Wait, I am confused. What is this sony home theater system like? Is it a receiver? Does it use optical or HDMI?

If you have a receiver, your problem is that you either have a very poor receiver, or you have not set it up correctly. A lot of times, receivers sound a lot better than sound cards, but you just have to make sure you have a good enough model.

I also do not know what your budget is like for headphones. You can find used HD600s for like 230-250 bucks on head-fi. They have plenty of bass without being too over powering.
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Wait, I am confused. What is this sony home theater system like? Is it a receiver? Does it use optical or HDMI?

If you have a receiver, your problem is that you either have a very poor receiver, or you have not set it up correctly. A lot of times, receivers sound a lot better than sound cards, but you just have to make sure you have a good enough model.

I also do not know what your budget is like for headphones. You can find used HD600s for like 230-250 bucks on head-fi. They have plenty of bass without being too over powering.

It uses both, I have an optical cable going from my onboard to it. I don't recall off hand I'll update when I get home, I just know its a 1200W System, bought it back in 2009, it's a receiver but w/ those plug and play speakers vs the wiring you normally clip in.

My apologies I forgot to include that, price isn't to much of an issue granted what I've already spent on my build as long as its crystal clear and no muffling and I can hear different sounds vs having them all sound like they're on 1 channel.

I had a pair of 150$ Turtle beach headphones (X11's I think? ) a couple years ago and they were decent but required the USB to sound decent. Looking for something comfortable that fits around my ears ( my ears are average size I guess ) and good airflow ( if that's possible )

I've heard about HD600's and I Believe??? HD900's?

So I guess for a price range something under 500$
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