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Hello, OCN audiophiles. I am putting the finishing touches on my new gaming build. I will be using headphones while gaming. Just wondering if the HT|Omega Claro Halo is a good sound card to match up with Sennheiser HD201 and HD555 headphones? Thanks.
    
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Well...the HT Omega Claro Halo is a nice card....

But HD201s? WT[Letter that would make this phrase an expletive].

HD201s are HORRIBLE. They're BEYOND trash. Why on Earth would you purchase a very expensive sound card and then buy 13 dollar headphones. HOLY Fudgecake.

Any-hoo. The HD555s are MUCH better than the HD201s.

I personally suggest AD700s. I feel as though they help you hear very small noises so you'll get the jump on someone better with AD700s than HD555s. The HD555 sound is really....bleh (this is subjective, but that's what I think about it.) They sound dead to me and boring.
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I bought the HD201's several years ago with my very first custom PC build. They have not let me down. I love the noise proofing that they offer. I bought the HD555s because you can mod them to HD595s. How do you feel about the HD595s?
    
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The Claro Halo is overkill for the HD595/555 and the HD201. You'll pretty much be maxing out the capabilities of the HD555/595 with just a Xonar DX or D1.
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The Claro Halo is overkill for the HD595/555 and the HD201. You'll pretty much be maxing out the capabilities of the HD555/595 with just a Xonar DX or D1.
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go for it and mod your hd555 to a hd595
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Well...the HT Omega Claro Halo is a nice card....

But HD201s? WT[Letter that would make this phrase an expletive].

HD201s are HORRIBLE. They're BEYOND trash. Why on Earth would you purchase a very expensive sound card and then buy 13 dollar headphones. HOLY Fudgecake.

Any-hoo. The HD555s are MUCH better than the HD201s.

I personally suggest AD700s. I feel as though they help you hear very small noises so you'll get the jump on someone better with AD700s than HD555s. The HD555 sound is really....bleh (this is subjective, but that's what I think about it.) They sound dead to me and boring.
I'd actually go with the ATH-M50s over the A700s, but if you're willing to spend another $10 you might want to give the SHURE SRH840s a shot.
I tried out all 3x sets and that's what I decided to keep - excellent cans for the price and can be found for as little as $140 on eBay (ATH-M50/A700s are ~$130)
Edited by candy_van - 3/27/11 at 1:49pm
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The HT Omega Claro Halo is a great card (which means you don't have to go do anything like get the Asus Xonar Essence cards which would be even more overkill). I would mod the Sennheiser 555s to a 595 for better performance. I would pull the trigger.
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The HT Omega Claro Halo is a great card (which means you don't have to go do anything like get the Asus Xonar Essence cards which would be even more overkill). I would mod the Sennheiser 555s to a 595 for better performance. I would pull the trigger.
The Claro Halo uses the same DSP as the Asus Xonar Essence STX/ST so at the heart of both cards, it's the same. The other components do vary e.g. the Claro Halo uses a different amplification method (discrete transistors instead of a FET IC), different DAC (AK4396 vs TI PCM1792A) and different opamps. One of my friends has a Claro Halo and it sounds very similar to his previous Xonar D2X and my current Xonar D1.
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I'd actually go with the ATH-M50s over the A700s, but if you're willing to spend another $10 you might want to give the SHURE SRH840s a shot.
I tried out all 3x sets and that's what I decided to keep - excellent cans for the price and can be found for as little as $140 on eBay (ATH-M50/A700s are ~$130)
I think the Shure 840s aren't optimal without some sort of amplification.

The ATM50s are for music rather than gaming. Seeing that the OP is bringing in the bass light 201s and HD555s, I can only assume he's looking for gaming headphones. I wouldn't buy ATm50s for gaming.

AD700s.

HD595s aren't impressive imo. HD595s are still better than modded 555's though.
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