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YO, my geek audiophile peeps! I require you to bestow your mighty knowledge on sound and software =] and stop fightin.

So, I have creative xz sound card, and HD 650 sennhieser as my headphone. Now an issue i have had in the past and present, is that some games the dialog voice cannot be heard.

My most recent game is witcher 3, any suggestions or hints as to why I cannot hear characters talk?

2nd is that my surround sound speakers Logitech Surround Sound Speakers Z506 connected to the sound card does not produce any sound, however when connected to my mobo it works.


Now I am not sure steps I should do to troubleshoot, or software that needs to be touched (I do have the creative driver and software updated and running thus far)

Anywho any suggestions?

Out of sheer curiosity.... When your speakers are attached to the sound card and no sound is going through to them.... Do you also have headphones plugged in? A lot of products will automatically mute speakers if headphones are plugged in. If it's just speakers, the next thing I'd check is playback devices to see if Windows decided a monitor or something else should have priority (as opposed to your speakers). I've had this happen every now and then with either nvidia drivers taking priority via the hdmi, or occasionally Windows derping and choosing the headphone out built into my monitors.
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@ pez

well I did mention in my very first post when I got the HE-350's I would do some in-depth reviews in a week or two in a video. and I thought your comments were directed solely at me and only at me, because I specifically said garbage in one of my posts, and that is the term you used as well...

we are all good, lets just move on, and noted that I need to just not say anything until my in-depth reviews are ready, no worries thumb.gif
    
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I just bought a pair of Razer Kraken USB over-ear surround sound headphones because I was told second cheapest is always the best. What DAC/amp combo should I buy to go along with it?

Refund them, you have 14 days from purchase as per European Policy.

Try to find this in a UK shop, it was just released last week: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826738012 Will save you money, and it has insane sound stage, imaging, and bass. Clarity is honestly good as well.

For deeper bass gaming headset but slightly less sound stage and imaging, $10 less is this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826265324

@pez it also runs circles and laughs at the HE-350 at half the price (just picking on you bud haha, but yeah it is also true)

Ultimate Gaming can on a budget is Hyperx Cloud Stinger this year, I know that much, I have been very impressed with these cans. For $50 it sounds better than many cans 3x its price point, including the Sennheiser Game Headsets. I even like it better than its bigger brother the Hypxer Revolution, and the Revolution runs circles around Cloud 1 and 2...

so yeah AAA for $50. cheers man.
    
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@ pez

well I did mention in my very first post when I got the HE-350's I would do some in-depth reviews in a week or two in a video. and I thought your comments were directed solely at me and only at me, because I specifically said garbage in one of my posts, and that is the term you used as well...

we are all good, lets just move on, and noted that I need to just not say anything until my in-depth reviews are ready, no worries thumb.gif

Well stop mucking about and get it done already wink.gif.
 
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What....what....what are those?

We are happy to make recommendations, though, if you can give us your budget, closed/open preference, usage scenario, and source equipment thumb.gif.

Those are my old HD 380 Pros.

Budget = $300-400 | I've only ever had closed, no open experience (guessing they have more tame bass & better soundstage?) | Usage would be general everyday use (Music, Gaming, VoIP, Movies). | For equipment I would really like to get a DAC/Amp vs my current on-board sound.

I did have a future budget setup in mind, you guys can critique if you want.
(Don't worry about cables, I have everything needed)
SMSL SD793-II DAC/Amp for headphones
SMSL SA50 50Wx2 for my bookshelf speakers (Currently running off a huge & old A/V receiver)
DT 770 PRO 250 ohms

Might get some new bookshelf speakers soon too, if anyone has recommendations for $200 or below post it up. I heard people talk about Fluance SX6, Elac B5 & Fluance Signature Series.

Thanks!
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Those are my old HD 380 Pros.

Budget = $300-400 | I've only ever had closed, no open experience (guessing they have more tame bass & better soundstage?) | Usage would be general everyday use (Music, Gaming, VoIP, Movies). | For equipment I would really like to get a DAC/Amp vs my current on-board sound.

I did have a future budget setup in mind, you guys can critique if you want.
(Don't worry about cables, I have everything needed)
SMSL SD793-II DAC/Amp for headphones
SMSL SA50 50Wx2 for my bookshelf speakers (Currently running off a huge & old A/V receiver)
DT 770 PRO 250 ohms

Might get some new bookshelf speakers soon too, if anyone has recommendations for $200 or below post it up. I heard people talk about Fluance SX6, Elac B5 & Fluance Signature Series.

Thanks!

Hmm, are you a fan of treble? Beyerdynamics are rather spikey and bright at the top end. Some people don't like them for that reason. Also, if these are going to be used at home, I'd highly recommend open backed ones.

How did you like the HD380s? If you were a big fan of them, it might be a good idea to try another pair of Senns like the HD598. Great all around cans and pretty much tops for comfort.
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Hmm, are you a fan of treble? Beyerdynamics are rather spikey and bright at the top end. Some people don't like them for that reason. Also, if these are going to be used at home, I'd highly recommend open backed ones.

How did you like the HD380s? If you were a big fan of them, it might be a good idea to try another pair of Senns like the HD598. Great all around cans and pretty much tops for comfort.

Slightly more treble wouldn't bother me, so I should probably look at the DT990 Pros for open back?

The HD380s are okay but if I wear them for 2-3 hours I start to get a slight headache, they clamp down on my glasses really hard. The reason I looked at DT series is they seem to have nice soft pads that wouldn't push my glasses into my head as much.
    
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Those are my old HD 380 Pros.

Budget = $300-400 | I've only ever had closed, no open experience (guessing they have more tame bass & better soundstage?) | Usage would be general everyday use (Music, Gaming, VoIP, Movies). | For equipment I would really like to get a DAC/Amp vs my current on-board sound.

I did have a future budget setup in mind, you guys can critique if you want.
(Don't worry about cables, I have everything needed)
SMSL SD793-II DAC/Amp for headphones
SMSL SA50 50Wx2 for my bookshelf speakers (Currently running off a huge & old A/V receiver)
DT 770 PRO 250 ohms

Might get some new bookshelf speakers soon too, if anyone has recommendations for $200 or below post it up. I heard people talk about Fluance SX6, Elac B5 & Fluance Signature Series.

Thanks!

maybe get some some cheap new pads for you 380's and keep them as a back-up set?

Anyway, open headphones don't necessarily have tamer bass, but almost always have a better/bigger soundstage. I would personally definitely go for open headphones unless the sound leakage might bother anyone or if you're in a noisy environment.

The Philips SPH9500's are always great and kick way above their on sale price.
The AKG K701 are one of the best when it comes to sound stage, but are slightly anemic in the low end.
The AKG K7XX or K7XX Red Edition still have a great sound stage, and a better low end.
The Beyerdynamic DT 880 Premium 250 is an all around good choise
And for scheer soundstage and imaging, but not much else, the AT ATH-AD700X


The DAC/Amp and speaker amp you chose are decent from what I've read.
Edited by Gilles3000 - 10/11/16 at 9:56am
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The HD600/650 are within your budget and are very highly regarded. I've heard the clamp is very strong out of the box but it can be lessened by stretching the headband.
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I've heard the 380's before and actually really admired the sound. I didn't care for their clamp, however. I would say the HD600 and HD650 are definitely in the realm of their sound, buy slightly warmer and laid back. If you listen to EDM and the like, you'd appreciate the HD650 better, but if it's anything but, I'd recommend the HD600.
 
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