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Currently have a xonar dx paired with a Sennheiser HD 598 SE. I am looking for the best upgrade I can get for gaming (mostly FPS games) + music (some electronic, rock, alternative)

Few questions I have:
1. Shouild I get rid of xonar DX and just go with some kind of DAC and/or Amp? WIll there be a noticable difference?
2. Using the DAC/amp would only allow me stero and not virtual sorround sound I assume, is vitrual sorround sound that useful for FPS games or is stereo just fine for localizing sounds in game?
3. What are good heaphones that are closed, have some decent bass (more than the open 598 I have) and just in general will make my gaming experience better in general?

I would like any opinions from personal experience on a better upgrade or straight up facts or anything else I should be researching and looking into.

Also I am not sure of my budget, depends on how much it would cost for a noticable upgrade in audio quality. But nothing crazy like "$700 heaphones!1!!"
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Currently have a xonar dx paired with a Sennheiser HD 598 SE. I am looking for the best upgrade I can get for gaming (mostly FPS games) + music (some electronic, rock, alternative)

Few questions I have:
1. Shouild I get rid of xonar DX and just go with some kind of DAC and/or Amp? WIll there be a noticable difference?
2. Using the DAC/amp would only allow me stero and not virtual sorround sound I assume, is vitrual sorround sound that useful for FPS games or is stereo just fine for localizing sounds in game?
3. What are good heaphones that are closed, have some decent bass (more than the open 598 I have) and just in general will make my gaming experience better in general?

I would like any opinions from personal experience on a better upgrade or straight up facts or anything else I should be researching and looking into.

Also I am not sure of my budget, depends on how much it would cost for a noticable upgrade in audio quality. But nothing crazy like "$700 heaphones!1!!"

1. I am not sure if you will see a difference but i did when i swapped my Soundblaster- Z for a E10k
2. I am pretty sure you can get good soundstage with good headphones which kind of neglects my need to have virtual surround sound
3. I though the 598's were pretty good cans? ... otherwise i can definetly recommend the DT990's
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1. I am not sure if you will see a difference but i did when i swapped my Soundblaster- Z for a E10k
2. I am pretty sure you can get good soundstage with good headphones which kind of neglects my need to have virtual surround sound
3. I though the 598's were pretty good cans? ... otherwise i can definetly recommend the DT990's

Yeah I was looking at the E10k. Seemed like a pretty common one that people use.

So basically a good pair of headphones with a good sound stage neglects a reason to have virtual sorround?

And they are pretty good but I'm looking for closed headphones to cancel out a lot of background noise and my loud gpu fan that kicks in when I'm gaming due to it being summer now.
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Yeah I was looking at the E10k. Seemed like a pretty common one that people use.

So basically a good pair of headphones with a good sound stage neglects a reason to have virtual sorround?

And they are pretty good but I'm looking for closed headphones to cancel out a lot of background noise and my loud gpu fan that kicks in when I'm gaming due to it being summer now.

good headphones and a reasonable soundcard/dac should really wont wanna make u use virtual surround
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