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post #21 of 139
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Originally Posted by flushentitypacket View Post
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.
True. But, won't he need to have a digital out to fully utilize the DAC? If not, he is going to passing the sound through the on board, degrading it, and than passing it to the DAC. In any case, the sound is only as good as its initial source.
post #22 of 139
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Originally Posted by flushentitypacket View Post
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.
Oh man, I completely misread the model number! Saw 700 and thought of course it must be the venerable AD700 used by many for gaming. My mistake then, an external DAC should definitely be considered. Although, with gaming as the main focus it may not be the best option.
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post #23 of 139
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Originally Posted by Moltar View Post
True. But, won't he need to have a digital out to fully utilize the DAC? If not, he is going to passing the sound through the on board, degrading it, and than passing it to the DAC. In any case, the sound is only as good as its initial source.
Most motherboards have an optical digital audio out. In addition, many externals come with USB input so it shouldn't be an issue. Either way, the DAC would be the "initial" source.
post #24 of 139
Get Ultrasone Pro 900, Senns HD650, Audio Technica ATH-AD2000.

Amp, if you wanna save money, get the FiiO E9, or else get something like Audio-GD Fun.

You can get the ASUS soundcard if you want, but I prefer external DAC (trying to save money for this lol...). You won't get Dolby Headphones which is awesome for gaming though.

Mics: get a desktop microphone or clip on mic from dealextreme.com, no need to spend dollars for gaming usage.
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Most motherboards have an optical digital audio out. In addition, many externals come with USB input so it shouldn't be an issue. Either way, the DAC would be the "initial" source.
I understand that the DAC would be the initial source, if the motherboard has a digital out and or the DAC has a USB connection. However, the OP has be aware of this as this gear is not for you or I.
post #26 of 139
Everyone has USB and his mobo has optical/coax out so it shouldn't be an issue. I guess I don't get what you meant by passing it through the board to the external.
post #27 of 139
Done deal. I just want to make sure the OP understands the differences. Most people are more familiar with internal sound cards than they are with DAC's, even though they are essentially the same thing.
post #28 of 139
I will chime in with my opinions on the headphones you have here. I got some a few months ago, and they are wonderful headphones for the price. I am sure you can do better (for much more $$$), but they have a great soundstage and I find in games they are great for positional audio. Mind you, you wont get big, thumping explosions because they are open back. They are very light and comfortable (I have heard of some complaints from people with smaller heads that they dont fit right, but I have had no problems). If mine broke or got stolen, I would buy another set in a heartbeat.

Good luck with your quest for quality audio gear!
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post #29 of 139
really think u should head over to http://www.head-fi.org/ and notice all the wtb threads for the ath900 with no1 selling theres, there is alot of info over there they are headphone nazis, like i said go 900 they are much better imo then the a700 especially if u can afford it

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post #30 of 139
Check this thread out on Head-Fi.org for a comparison between the A900's and the DT770's.
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