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post #11 of 21
The VIA onboard chip actually sounds pretty nice. I have one in my HTPC. I don't think you have to get a new sound card.
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The VIA onboard chip actually sounds pretty nice. I have one in my HTPC. I don't think you have to get a new sound card.
so only a dedicated sound card ?
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post #13 of 21
For a budget soundcard, you can get the Xonar DG. Good price, good quality, and it has a built in headphone amp for higher impedance headphones. The DS/DX are good depending on if you want to use PCI or PCI-e slotts. High end cards would be the Essence that has a headphone amp, and the D2X. For Headphones, the ATH AD700 is a good budget friendly set for gaming, next would be the Senn 558s. These are the next generation from the 555s, with an improved sound deflection to improve low end response. You can use them without an amp, but they will benifit from one. The ATH A700 and the DT770s (32 or 80ohm) are both good all around cans, but more for music. I personally use the latter for music. They are closed and will give you better low end response than the open cans, but will also be more uncomfortable to wear for long periods. I hope this helps, but I would suggest that you go to a music center ( for musicians, DJs and producers ) to try out some headphones and get a feel for what you like, and the difference between the low impedance headphones verses the high impedance ones on and amp.
post #14 of 21
ATH AD700s would be a good choice for gaming, as they are open cans. They are also extremely comfortable. However, they are lacking in bass, like every other open can, so I wouldn't recommend them if you listen to a lot of bass-heavy music. The 555s or 558s are good closed cans.

EDIT: Pretty much what ericld said...
Edited by thisischuck01 - 1/19/11 at 5:12am
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ATH AD700s would be a good choice for gaming, as they are open cans. They are also extremely comfortable. However, they are lacking in bass, like every other open can, so I wouldn't recommend them if you listen to a lot of bass-heavy music. The 555s or 558s are good closed cans.

EDIT: Pretty much what ericld said...
The 555, 558 and 595s are all open cans.
post #16 of 21
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ATH AD700s would be a good choice for gaming, as they are open cans. They are also extremely comfortable. However, they are lacking in bass, like every other open can, so I wouldn't recommend them if you listen to a lot of bass-heavy music. The 555s or 558s are good closed cans.

EDIT: Pretty much what ericld said...
thanks i will check for those that helping me out
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For a budget soundcard, you can get the Xonar DG. Good price, good quality, and it has a built in headphone amp for higher impedance headphones. The DS/DX are good depending on if you want to use PCI or PCI-e slotts. High end cards would be the Essence that has a headphone amp, and the D2X. For Headphones, the ATH AD700 is a good budget friendly set for gaming, next would be the Senn 558s. These are the next generation from the 555s, with an improved sound deflection to improve low end response. You can use them without an amp, but they will benifit from one. The ATH A700 and the DT770s (32 or 80ohm) are both good all around cans, but more for music. I personally use the latter for music. They are closed and will give you better low end response than the open cans, but will also be more uncomfortable to wear for long periods. I hope this helps, but I would suggest that you go to a music center ( for musicians, DJs and producers ) to try out some headphones and get a feel for what you like, and the difference between the low impedance headphones verses the high impedance ones on and amp.
i will look at the ATH A700
thanks for help and reply
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post #18 of 21
Sennheiser HD 595 or if you're short on cash, the 555s. A beyerdynamic or a denon in that price range would also go very well with your sound card.
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Sennheiser HD 595 or if you're short on cash, the 555s. A beyerdynamic or a denon in that price range would also go very well with your sound card.
thanks the Sennheiser HD 595 seems very good and it on sale at Amazon 55% sale so i think that is the best deal for something new that cost that much
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thanks the Sennheiser HD 595 seems very good and it on sale at Amazon 55% sale so i think that is the best deal for something new that cost that much

Nope, you want to get the 598. Its the next generation Senn.

558 replaces the 555
598 replaces the 595
Both will benifit from an amp. So get a SC with an amp if you want these cans. The DG is the most budget friendly, the Essence is audiophile.

If cost is an issue, I would go with the 558s over the 595s from Amazon.
Edited by ericld - 1/19/11 at 4:41pm
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