Overclock.net › Forums › Components › Sound Cards and Computer Audio › Going Audiophile. Rate/Comment!
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Going Audiophile. Rate/Comment! - Page 2

post #11 of 139

I recommend the Audio-Technica ATH-M50 over the A700:


post #12 of 139
Quote:
Originally Posted by the_xpert View Post
i have the xonar essence STX paired up with the HD555s. Amazing combo. I highly recommend.
the 555's are easy to drive phones and do not need an amp at all




Quote:
Originally Posted by cory1234 View Post
I recommend the Audio-Technica ATH-M50 over the A700:


Amazon.com: Audio-Technica ATH-M50S Studio Monitor Headphones: Electronics
well the OP is more focused on gaming so in his case the A700's >
Edited by IBM Watson - 4/4/11 at 8:13am
House Fire
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 2600k Gigabyte Z68X-UD7-B3 Sapphire 7970 16GB Corsair Vengeance 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Corsair Force GT 120GB Win7 3x Dell U2311H Logitech G15 
PowerCaseMouse
NZXT Hale 1000W Corsair 800D Logitech G9X 
  hide details  
Reply
House Fire
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 2600k Gigabyte Z68X-UD7-B3 Sapphire 7970 16GB Corsair Vengeance 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Corsair Force GT 120GB Win7 3x Dell U2311H Logitech G15 
PowerCaseMouse
NZXT Hale 1000W Corsair 800D Logitech G9X 
  hide details  
Reply
post #13 of 139
Quote:
Originally Posted by IBM Watson View Post
the 555's are easy to drive phones and do not need an amp at all
Thank you. At least someone knows what he's talking about.
Malignance
(24 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K Asus P8Z68-V eVGA GTX670 FTW 16GB Mushkin DDR3-2100 1.5V 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
2 x 128GB Crucial M4 2 x 1TB Samsung F3 RAID0 1.5TB Seagate Asus 22X DVDRW 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Noctua NH-D14 Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Dell Ultrasharp U2410 Asus ProArt PA248Q 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Rosewill RK-9000BR PCP&P Silencer MKIII 600W Lian Li PC-A05NB Logitech G500 
Mouse PadAudioAudioAudio
Rocketfish Dual Sided Asus Xonar Essence STX Infinity Primus P153 | Dayton DTA-120 Amplifier... Shure SRH840 
AudioAudioAudio
Audio Technica ATH-AD700X Objective DAC Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB 
  hide details  
Reply
Malignance
(24 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K Asus P8Z68-V eVGA GTX670 FTW 16GB Mushkin DDR3-2100 1.5V 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
2 x 128GB Crucial M4 2 x 1TB Samsung F3 RAID0 1.5TB Seagate Asus 22X DVDRW 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Noctua NH-D14 Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Dell Ultrasharp U2410 Asus ProArt PA248Q 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Rosewill RK-9000BR PCP&P Silencer MKIII 600W Lian Li PC-A05NB Logitech G500 
Mouse PadAudioAudioAudio
Rocketfish Dual Sided Asus Xonar Essence STX Infinity Primus P153 | Dayton DTA-120 Amplifier... Shure SRH840 
AudioAudioAudio
Audio Technica ATH-AD700X Objective DAC Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB 
  hide details  
Reply
post #14 of 139
Quote:
Originally Posted by fRingE View Post
Microphone and Mixer Setup:

MXL V63M Studio Condenser Microphone with Shockmount:

http://www.guitarcenter.com/MXL-V63M...58-i1126977.gc

Nady SMPS1X Phantom Power Supply:

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Nady-SMP...62-i1372258.gc

Behringer Xenyx 502 Mixer:

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Behringe...00-i1153498.gc
For the price of the phantom power supply and mixer, you can get the Xenyx 802, which has phantom power built in. Also has more channels, three-band EQs, and a few other goodies.

Also, consider a Shure SM57/SM58 (depending on your needs) instead of the MXL. They're popular for a reason.
Edited by JoeWalsh - 4/4/11 at 8:16am
post #15 of 139
Quote:
Originally Posted by RallyMaster View Post
Thank you. At least someone knows what he's talking about.
I agree. If this is a gaming only setup and you are not worried about hearing every nuance in a piece of music, than the Xonar STX, with no amp mind you, is a great choice. However, it is a bit overkill for the AD700's in my opinion. A better choice may be some Beyerdynamic 770's 32 OHM phones. For your music taste, I think they will offer a bit more. Stay away from the 600 OHM version as your will need an amp to drive them because of the higher impedance.

As for the microphone. A 100 dollar microphone, for a strictly gaming/listening build is way overkill. The best microphone that I have had is the Zalman Clip On and it was 5 dollars. Give it a shot. I promise it will be a much better buy than what you have listed.

If you are just now getting into audio, don't got drop 2000 bucks on equipment. Ease into it. You have to figure out what you like before you buy gear. Everyone's taste is different and it will take time to determine what yours is.

If I were you, I would get the following.

Sound Card: Asus Xonar STX
Headphone: Beyerdynamic 770 32 OHM
Microphone: Zalman Clip On
Edited by Moltar - 4/4/11 at 8:19am
post #16 of 139
Most audiophiles will tell you DACs are probably a better long-term investment than sound cards.
Current
(12 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 EVGA GTX 570 Classified 4x4GB Corsair XMS3 
Hard DriveCoolingPowerCase
Samsung 830 Thermaltake Frio OCZ ZS 850W Lian Li Lancool First Knight K9 
MouseAudioOtherOther
Logitech G500 Audinst HUD-MX1 Sennheiser HD598 Swan D1080MkII 
  hide details  
Reply
Current
(12 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 EVGA GTX 570 Classified 4x4GB Corsair XMS3 
Hard DriveCoolingPowerCase
Samsung 830 Thermaltake Frio OCZ ZS 850W Lian Li Lancool First Knight K9 
MouseAudioOtherOther
Logitech G500 Audinst HUD-MX1 Sennheiser HD598 Swan D1080MkII 
  hide details  
Reply
post #17 of 139
Quote:
Originally Posted by Moltar View Post
As for the microphone. A 100 dollar microphone, for a strictly gaming/listening build is way overkill. The best microphone that I have had is the Zalman Clip On and it was 5 dollars. Give it a shot. I promise it will be a much better buy than what you have listed.
This, actually. I saw a condenser mic and a mixer and thought home recording equipment. If it's not for that, then don't bother.
post #18 of 139
Quote:
Originally Posted by JoeWalsh View Post
This, actually. I saw a condenser mic and a mixer and thought home recording equipment. If it's not for that, then don't bother.
I thought the same thing until I read in the middle of the thread that this was a gaming/listening build. No need for the higher end microphone in that case. If all you are using it for is Chat and the like, a Zalman will suit you just fine.
post #19 of 139
Quote:
Originally Posted by flushentitypacket View Post
Most audiophiles will tell you DACs are probably a better long-term investment than sound cards.
A soundcard is a DAC. For his intended use, an internal soundcard would do just fine.
post #20 of 139
Quote:
Originally Posted by Iceman23 View Post
A soundcard is a DAC. For his intended use, an internal soundcard would do just fine.
I realize this. I was referring to an external DAC, since most refer to internal DACs as integrated or internal.

IMO, an external DAC is a better investment. Much easier to move from system to system to take full advantage of those expensive cans.
Current
(12 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 EVGA GTX 570 Classified 4x4GB Corsair XMS3 
Hard DriveCoolingPowerCase
Samsung 830 Thermaltake Frio OCZ ZS 850W Lian Li Lancool First Knight K9 
MouseAudioOtherOther
Logitech G500 Audinst HUD-MX1 Sennheiser HD598 Swan D1080MkII 
  hide details  
Reply
Current
(12 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 EVGA GTX 570 Classified 4x4GB Corsair XMS3 
Hard DriveCoolingPowerCase
Samsung 830 Thermaltake Frio OCZ ZS 850W Lian Li Lancool First Knight K9 
MouseAudioOtherOther
Logitech G500 Audinst HUD-MX1 Sennheiser HD598 Swan D1080MkII 
  hide details  
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Sound Cards and Computer Audio
Overclock.net › Forums › Components › Sound Cards and Computer Audio › Going Audiophile. Rate/Comment!