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July 7, 2013 7:30:19 PM

I've done some research on sound cards, headphones, and the different varieties of each, and I'm very surprised at the amount of variety there is with headphones(sets).

The use of the headphones would be for mostly gaming.

So, I've compiled some combinations of different headphone and soundcards, and I'm wondering what are your opinions on each.

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Headphone: Razer Tiamat 7.1
Sound Card: (I have onboard 7.1) or Asus Xonar DSX

Thoughts: I've heard I may not even need a sound card for the Tiamat, but I've also heard this is an overpriced, stereo POS. Soooo yeah.

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Headphone: Sennheiser PC 360
Sound Card: ASUS Xonar DX or Creative Sound Blaster Z

Thoughts:
This has been rather confusing, as there are many conflicting sides to which soundcard would be best with it.

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3.
Headphone: Astro A40
Sound Card: None(?)

Thoughts: This is for PC gaming, not console, so I won't be utilizing most of the console functionality. But, I've heard good things about the Amp that comes with it.

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If I find another combo, I'll add to the post. If you have a better combo, I'm willing to spend about $250 - $300 on the sound card and Headset (combined budget).

Thanks for the replies and thoughts!

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July 7, 2013 7:32:14 PM

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July 7, 2013 7:34:06 PM

I had a pair of $300 Sennheisers that I recently retired for G930 on on board sound. Main reason was I got tired of yanking them off my head when standing up (wired) and I wanted a wireless set. Can't say that I have "lost anything" .... I tried various wireless mouse and KBs but went back to wired....sticking with the wireless headphones tho
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July 7, 2013 8:05:17 PM

JackNaylorPE said:
I had a pair of $300 Sennheisers that I recently retired for G930 on on board sound. Main reason was I got tired of yanking them off my head when standing up (wired) and I wanted a wireless set. Can't say that I have "lost anything" .... I tried various wireless mouse and KBs but went back to wired....sticking with the wireless headphones tho


I'm doing the opposite, ditching my G930's for a higher end headphones.
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July 7, 2013 8:15:32 PM

AhellHound said:
I'm doing the opposite, ditching my G930's for a higher end headphones.


I mostly use the Logitech 5500s, have 3 sets here .... only time I will throw on headphones is if its late at night.

Games are designed like popular CD's where the major demographic is listening on boom boxes. Note exactly big on audio fidelity.....designed for exaggerated base and manufactured effects. The better headphones are therefore constrained by what's coming in. I have yet to find an acceptable set of audio headphones for music listening

These sound good .... tho never played any games thru them

http://www.highendclassics.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/...

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