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Asus xonar d1 + Sehnheiser HD 555?

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Hi there fellow overclockers
My name is john and im relativly new at the forums
Im planning on getting a pair of sennies HD 555 coupled with a asus xonar d1 , and i have a few questions about this setup:
1-Is the asus xonar D1 enough to harness the sound quality and volume of the senheisers , because i heard it´s a pretty good card...
2- Do these headphones leak out sound badly? I mean can i use them on the Bus , at school or for night time music listening?
Thanks for your time
Greets John
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1.) I have a Xonar Essence and can't speak on the D1.

2.) These are closed headphones and don't leak much sound but they aren't made for traveling.
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The D1 is a pretty decent card. The circuitry and choice of components isn't shabby at all and sounds good for the price. If only it could do headphone sound positioning like the X-Fi Titanium HD, then I would have kept it. It's probably about the only weakness. The sound is very rich and enjoyable.

The HD555 is not good for using outside. That's pretty much all there is to say. Contrary to what the person above said, they are OPEN headphones. It leaks noise in and out with absolutely no noise attenuation.

<- Owns the Xonar D1 and HD595 but uses neither of them now
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Originally Posted by AMDorIntel View Post
Hi there fellow overclockers
My name is john and im relativly new at the forums
Im planning on getting a pair of sennies HD 555 coupled with a asus xonar d1 , and i have a few questions about this setup:
1-Is the asus xonar D1 enough to harness the sound quality and volume of the senheisers , because i heard it´s a pretty good card...
2- Do these headphones leak out sound badly? I mean can i use them on the Bus , at school or for night time music listening?
Thanks for your time
Greets John
I'd stay clear of the HD555s unless you can grab them for around 50 bucks. Most soundcards can play 32-50 ohms of impedence where the HD555s won't need a card with a dedicated headphone amp. However, from experience, I find they do sound better with a proper headphone amp.

The sound leakage is horrible. Not only is leakage a problem in respects of people hearing your music, but also goes vice versa. The ambients need to be dead quiet in order to listen to these puppies nicely (taking in many different variables). Furthermore, the bass is horrific. Although many would disagree with me saying that the HD555s do produce a solid sound stage I tend to disagree. Having proper bass is apart of a proper sound stage. Lacking in this department, in my opinion, neglects the HD555s to have a good natural sound stage, especially when the bass playback does not give the woop / umph feel of a helicopter.

I'm no expert. And I would suggest something closed back for your case where the headphones are 50 ohms or under in impedence. If you go with that sound card. Which is pretty decent from what I hear.
Edited by Domino - 1/7/11 at 12:34pm
post #5 of 20
ATH M50s

execellet bass, bright and clear Highs
excellent isolation(not too good if you in public, you might miss a car coming at you), if you keep them on over your ears there is very little leakage..almost none

apparently these aren't that great for gaming tho...
Edited by Danker16 - 1/7/11 at 12:37pm
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ATH M50s

execellet bass, bright and clear Highs
excellent isolation(not too good if you in public, you might miss a car coming at you), if you keep them on over your ears there is very little leakage..almost none

apparently these aren't that great for gaming tho...
Ok the senheisers are out of the equation then
I ´ve heard that those cans are meant for house , trance etc..
I´m not into that kind of music , in fact i mostly listen to calm acoustic stuff.
And as you said not that great for gaming.
I was thinking of getting the siberia 7H but have the siberia V2 and their sound quality is god awful
It´s hard to find decent closed back cans for 100 dollars or so.
Any suggestions?
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You will probably want to stick to an opened back headphone for your music preferences if possible but understand you have to use them in public. Take a look at the ATH-A700 or RX-700. They are both closed back and should have pretty good soundstage.

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2.) These are closed headphones and don't leak much sound but they aren't made for traveling.
The HD555 is a closed back design
Edited by ThumperSD - 1/7/11 at 3:21pm
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Ok the senheisers are out of the equation then
I ´ve heard that those cans are meant for house , trance etc..
I´m not into that kind of music , in fact i mostly listen to calm acoustic stuff.
And as you said not that great for gaming.
I was thinking of getting the siberia 7H but have the siberia V2 and their sound quality is god awful
It´s hard to find decent closed back cans for 100 dollars or so.
Any suggestions?
Like Danker16 said, you should look at the Audio-Technica ATH-M50s. They are very high quality, closed-backed headphones for a good price.
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The HD555 is a closed back design
I was thinking of the HD 280s.

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Like Danker16 said, you should look at the Audio-Technica ATH-M50s. They are very high quality, closed-backed headphones for a good price.
the problem is that the m50´s are 130 euros where i live and the senheisers hd 555 are only 80 euros . So the m50´s go beyond my budget. in amazon they are at 130 dollars which is about 100 euros but with ports goes to the same price basicly.

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<- Owns the Xonar D1 and HD595 but uses neither of them now
Does the xonar d1 amplify those headphones enough or will i need an amp?( sine the hd 595 are quite similar to the hd 555´s)

Quote:
I was thinking of the HD 280s.
Yeah , what about the HD 280´s?
I heard they are realy good for music playback and movies...
Are they any good for gaming . Beuxause they are ultra cheap on amazon , about 80 dollars or =~ 55 euros , cheaper than the hd 555.
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