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Okay, I'm cheaping out on this and getting

It's either this:

Sennheiser HD555 (Refurbished) $51 USD

Creative X-Fi XtremeGamer (Refurbished) $50 USD

Or:

Sennheiser HD201 (New) $25 USD

Creative X-Fi Titanium SB0880 (New) - $79 USD

Should I go with something different entirely? Budget is around $100 USD.

Looking for a balanced sound (for the headphones) and also something viable for gaming. I would also prefer something good for gaming regarding the sound card.

Not really much of an audiophile, but I enjoy listening to lossless music. I like things to sound nice, in general.
Edited by xetsog - 4/5/11 at 4:07pm
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post #2 of 11
Fry's is have a sale and mail in rebate on the Creative Labs PCI-Express X-Fi Fatal1TyPro.
An Asus Xonar DG is only $30.
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Asus Xonar DS+Those HD555s
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post #4 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by Simca View Post
Asus Xonar DS+Those HD555s
^^what he said ^^
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Asus Xonar DG + the 555
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post #6 of 11
I've been lead to believe that Dolby is better for gaming over DTS.
Unless someone else has heard otherwise?
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post #7 of 11
Xonar DS might serve you better than the DG and the Creative cards. First post here (nvm) explains the difference (not in detail).
+ the 555s

EDIT: Whoops - forget that link - I was looking at the DX vs DS, which I thought was the DS vs DG...was too tired to be posting.
In addition, as Tacoboy said, the guy at head-fi is wrong.
The DG has a max sample rate of 96KHz (DS has 192). However, it has Dolby Headphone.
Edited by JoeWalsh - 4/6/11 at 3:43pm
post #8 of 11
Where the heck did you find refurbished HD555's for 51$?
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post #9 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by JoeWalsh View Post
Xonar DS might serve you better than the DG and the Creative cards. First post here explains the difference (not in detail).
+ the 555s
The "review" states that the DG does not have an processor.
That reviewer did not their homework very well.
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post #10 of 11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Ktmrida4life View Post
Where the heck did you find refurbished HD555's for 51$?
On Amazon. "DAHMART" sells them. Good reviews and lots of people get HD555's from them.

Anyway, I ended up getting the Creative SB0880 because it's PCI x1. A couple friends persuaded me in getting it (they have it), but my main reasoning was because I wanna cover up the slot above my graphics card. I accidentally took out one too many cutouts on the back of my case and I don't really appreciate it when my USB to PS/2 connector falls on top of my graphics card.

Anyway, whenever I get it I'll probably tell you guys how it sounds. I'm sure I'll be amazed because:

1) Never used a sound card.
2) Only have used crappy headsets.

I'm looking forward to getting them!
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