Headset decided....now, dedicated sound card!

I've decided on getting a Sennheiser PC 363D for gaming subsequent to my previous thread (linked hereunder). I was keen on getting a Tiamat 7.1 because of its multiple drivers, which I've been heavily advised against. So that's that! :)
http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1654509/true-surround-headset-kinda-asap.html

Now I'm looking at getting a dedicated sound card to justify the headset. My priority is to get good quality positioning audio/ surround sound (I'm mainly and heavily into FPS gaming). Budget is about $125-$150. An in-built amp is a must for the headset (from what I've read up and understood). So, looking for some recommendations/ advise on that front.

As a side order, would a good dedicated sound card with a Tiamat 7.1 (or such other multiple driver headset) out perform the sennheiser 363d (also coupled with a dedicated sound card)? Since I already got a lot of views on the 'true surround vs. other surround' debate in the previous thread, just a simple answer would suffice. :)

Thanks!
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  1. Ignorance is bliss.
  2. The Sennheiser PC 363D has an usb plug and a so build in sound card. A dedicated sound card is totally useless with this headset. http://en-de.sennheiser.com/pc-363d-surround-sound-gaming-headset
  3. noidea_77 said:
    The Sennheiser PC 363D has an usb plug and a so build in sound card. A dedicated sound card is totally useless with this headset. http://en-de.sennheiser.com/pc-363d-surround-sound-gaming-headset


    The audio jack from the headset connects to the USB on the 363D which, when plugged into the PC provides Dolby II sound. However, if you have a dedicated sound card, you can always unplug the audio jack from the USB and plug it into the sound card port. I'm assuming a good dedicated sound card would provide better sound than the USB sound card provided by Sennheiser (?).
  4. namelessonez said:
    noidea_77 said:
    The Sennheiser PC 363D has an usb plug and a so build in sound card. A dedicated sound card is totally useless with this headset. http://en-de.sennheiser.com/pc-363d-surround-sound-gaming-headset


    The audio jack from the headset connects to the USB on the 363D which, when plugged into the PC provides Dolby II sound. However, if you have a dedicated sound card, you can always unplug the audio jack from the USB and plug it into the sound card port. I'm assuming a good dedicated sound card would provide better sound than the USB sound card provided by Sennheiser (?).


    Yeah, I'd ditch the USB and plug directly into the soundcard, assuming you can disconnect from the USB.

    In any case, the soundcards I would recommend for that headset:

    ASUS Xonar DGX (~$30): Really don't need the headphone amp, but its there in case you upgrade later.
    ASUS Xonar DX (~$80): Probably won't sound that much better then the DGX on that headset, but gives some extra headroom for upgrading headsets that don't need a headphone amp.
    Creative Soundblaster Z ($99): Most upscale model that makes sense. Wouldn't go any higher then this for that headset.
  5. that headset is really poor for sound quality yes it has multiple drivers but there all tiny. you would get much better sound and sound placement from virtual surround. so if you havent bought them already choose a different headset as that 1 is all bells and whistles without performance.
    as for the sound the asus xonar range currently offer some of the best sound cards. well worth a look just make sure you go higher than the dx2

    als using a usb headset means you wont actually get any benefit from a sound card. you have to use the 35mm jacks to use the sound card. usb will either use the headsets internals (if it has them) or the onboard sound.
  6. HEXiT said:
    that headset is really poor for sound quality yes it has multiple drivers but there all tiny.


    Are you referring to the Tiamat 7.1 or the Sennheiser pc 363d? It seems like you're referring to the Tiamat 7.1 as the Sennheiser doesn't have multiple drivers....unless I'm hugely mistaken!

    The DX2 is the base category which I was considering, but got put off with the lack of a headphone amp. I'm very keen on the creative Z series too, like gamerk316 suggested. I was also looking at the Asus Xonar Essence STX (or the Phoebus, but that's a bit overkill and expensive imo!). Since I'm going for the upgrade, I'd very much prefer having a sound card that not only supports 5.1/ 7.1, but also has a headphone amp. Better have it and not need it than need it and not have it. :)
  7. The D2X's problem for years was it's in a REALLY bad price point. Its really not that much of an upgrade over the DX, the Xense/Phoebus are only abut $20 more, and newer cards (SoundBlaster Z) have better specs for cheaper. If you can find one for under $100, go for it, otherwise I'd recommend going elsewhere.
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