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So from my understanding, the ST/X CAN be used for FPS gaming, but only if you have a set of headphones that make use of the amp. I have a pair of HD555's, and soon to be HD598's, so those make use of the amp correct? For a game such as Counter-Strike: Source, will the ST/X provide great positional sound, as well as clarity in game? I keep hearing some complaints about the ST/X having improper positional audio, and would just like some clarification from those knowledgeable on the topic.
Neither the HD555 or the HD598s need an amp. The STX can be used for anything, as long as you have headphones that can do those things as well. For example, if you want excellent positional audio from the HD555, you're not going to get it, even with an STX, because the sound stage is not the strength of the HD555s. You'll want headphones capable of sound staging as good as the AD700s or better.
Edited by cuad - 3/27/11 at 3:13pm
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Neither the HD555 or the HD598s need an amp. The STX can be used for anything, as long as you have headphones that can do those things as well. For example, if you want excellent positional audio from the HD555, you're not going to get it, even with an STX, because the sound stage is not the strength of the HD555s. You'll want headphones capable of sound staging as good as the AD700s or better.
Would the sound stage from the HD598 suffice? I have read from some reviews that it's much improved over the 555's. I'm willing to spend up to $200, would it be too much trouble for you to recommend me a few cans, or link me to a thread that could? Thanks for your help, I'm still pretty new to the whole Audiophile quality.
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Neither the HD555 or the HD598s need an amp. The STX can be used for anything, as long as you have headphones that can do those things as well. For example, if you want excellent positional audio from the HD555, you're not going to get it, even with an STX, because the sound stage is not the strength of the HD555s. You'll want headphones capable of sound staging as good as the AD700s or better.
Ww...what? Positional audio is decent in the HD555. If it's paired up with a slightly more gaming oriented sound card, it does positioning pretty well. It's not as good as the AD700 from my experience but it isn't shabby at all. Bass is not the strength of the HD555, 558, 595 or HD598 but all of their soundstages should be better than most closed headphones.

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Would the sound stage from the HD598 suffice? I have read from some reviews that it's much improved over the 555's. I'm willing to spend up to $200, would it be too much trouble for you to recommend me a few cans, or link me to a thread that could? Thanks for your help, I'm still pretty new to the whole Audiophile quality.
Yes, they will suffice. No, you do not need an STX for the HD598. It's a waste of money.
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Here's a big thread you can read through.

I'm a nub too. I wouldn't listen to me very carefully.

http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/...-for-gaming/45 this thread seems to gravitate towards the Ultrasone HFI-780s, GX400s and AD700s.

I've only heard of one of those headphones tho.
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GX400s are essentially the er4p by etymotic ya? i used them for a brief period,they are pretty good for gaming,i mean the soundstage is alright for an IEM ,and it has a very good sound imaging. isolation is fantastic,which IEMs distinct at.
the problems i had with it were my ears became uncomfortable after wearing for a few hours,since i have quite sweaty ears. and they are not very ideal if u talk a lot on VoIP.
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