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looking for a pre-solution here smile.gif the front port of my tower doesn't like the plugin on the HD518s, only playing sound through my left ear unless I hold it farther in (sometimes it'll get in just the right spot, but it usually takes 10+ minutes of messing to get it right) the soundcard's main analog jacks in the back of the tower will be used by my speakers, there is not a dedicated headphone jack. there is a headphopne jack on the speakers themselves, however, I actually use 2 different sets of speakers (5.1 as the front/side/center-sub, and 2.1 in the rear) so I assume if I were to plug it into the front system, the rear speakers would still play. is there something else I can plug into my soundcard, like a different input, that would still give me the benefit of the various gaming features from my Creative X-Fi Titanium card, but maybe be able to switch inputs from computer GUI? I'd preferably not want to have to plugin/unplug things from the back of the tower frequently....

thanks for any help guys smile.gif
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If the jack is bad on the case side, but the HD 518's jack is fine and the connection to the sound card is fine, just bypass the jack on the case.

You could use one of those drive bays that give you extra ports and hook up the internal audio connector to that instead of the case:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813999356

Something like that.
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No worries, I also think it might be something with your player as well.

How you describe that the 250ohm dt 880s lack bass could be that your player doesn't drive them properly.
It also happened when I tried the 880s with my X3, it doesn't give them enough volume even at max, and they sounded bass light, but after adding an amp, they do sound quite different.

Very possible. I'm sure that my tube amp would give me a more accurate representation of their full potential, though they are probably best complimented by something like an O2.
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Gonna pick up a Schiit Magni + Headphones soon, but Idk which headphones yet. Mainly for Gaming FPS. But would like to get the best of both world also (Competitive and fun with comfort).

Headphone budget: $200 +/-

Thanks!
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Gonna pick up a Schiit Magni + Headphones soon, but Idk which headphones yet. Mainly for Gaming FPS. But would like to get the best of both world also (Competitive and fun with comfort).

Headphone budget: $200 +/-

Thanks!

Sound preferences? Music genres?

Purely for gaming, the DT880 Pro are very good. They are extremely detailed and flat. If you're willing to buy used, The HiFiMan HE-300 are very good for about $200, though they are a bit warm. They have a good soundstage due to their openness, and they have very good bass. Depending on your tastes, the bass could be distracting though. The Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro are often liked and they work quite well for gaming due to their punchy bass and sparkly treble. They could be a bit harsh in the high end when combined with the Magni though.
http://www.head-fi.org/products/martinlogan-mikros-90-reference-on-ear-headphones
The two reviews on Head-fi give them high praise
Edited by phillyd - 3/15/14 at 3:53pm
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if Tyll didn't review them than he thought they were poor which is what I read elsewhere. nothing wrong with owning a pair of Creative Aurvana Live or Grado SR60i for emergency smile.gif

PS, he also didn't review the CAL 2.
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Creative Aurvana Live! 2 - Why do people keep dumping a perfectly good headphone for an inferior one? The Creative Aurvana Live! (the first one) was actually almost the same headphone as the Denon D1001. Denon replaced it with the D1100, which wasn't nearly as good. Creative Labs picked up the design of the D1001 (a Foster product), made a couple of changes, and produced the first Aurvana Live!. It sounded quite good, and now they've dumped it for the much better looking Live!2, but it sounds worse. Argh! Maybe Foster should just relaunch it under their Fostex brand—that would be nice.

reinventing the wheel often leads to disappointing results. make sure you read Innerfidelity monthly updates smile.gif
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I second the DT 880 recommendation. I'm a little biased but I'd call the DT 880s one of the best headphones (this is coming from a guy with the very best headphones wink.gif ).

Careful...
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If the jack is bad on the case side, but the HD 518's jack is fine and the connection to the sound card is fine, just bypass the jack on the case.

You could use one of those drive bays that give you extra ports and hook up the internal audio connector to that instead of the case:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813999356

Something like that.
thanks a bunch, I think I will end up trying something like that. the jack isn't 'bad' on the case, other headphones are fine.... the lil card reader slot is too small, and makes the case not close snugly like it should. the small amount of overlap is normally not an issue, but the extra size/weight of the jack makes it not stay all the way in.
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If the jack is bad on the case side, but the HD 518's jack is fine and the connection to the sound card is fine, just bypass the jack on the case.

You could use one of those drive bays that give you extra ports and hook up the internal audio connector to that instead of the case:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813999356

Something like that.
thanks a bunch, I think I will end up trying something like that. the jack isn't 'bad' on the case, other headphones are fine.... the lil card reader slot is too small, and makes the case not close snugly like it should. the small amount of overlap is normally not an issue, but the extra size/weight of the jack makes it not stay all the way in.

If the jack is fine...

Oh yeah, HD 518 is one of the cheapest headphones that uses 1/4" jack. Using the included adapter? Those are terrible because of all that extra length and weight hanging off. It's how it is.

Use an adapter with some cable for some slack like this:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/601983-REG/Sennheiser_092595_3_5mm_Plug_to_6_3mm.html
http://www.ebay.com/itm/6-Inch-Headphone-Extender-Cable-Right-Angle-1-8-3-5mm-TRS-Male-to-1-4-Female-/131106321925
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