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Which headset to get with xonar dx?

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August 19, 2009 6:29:08 AM

Hi.. I got an asus xonar dx and i'm thinking of buying a headset to go with it..

here are my choices..

Logitech G35
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
=====> logitech says it uses a second generation of dolby headphones..

Sennheiser PC350
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
=====> just stereo headphones

=which of these is better?
=does G35 sound a good 7.1 even though its not a "true" 7.1 surround?
=can PC350 provide good surround sound even if it's just stereo?

Thanks!

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August 19, 2009 7:34:31 PM

I don't own any of those, so i can't really post an opinion there however, based on Sennheiser's track record i would be willing to bet that those head phones sound absolutely amazing.

I wonder though, don't a lot of those USB headsets with 5.1 and 7.1 have their own little sound card sort of built in, so the sound card on the computer doesn't make a difference?
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August 19, 2009 8:51:17 PM

if you planning on using your sound card, don't buy a USB headset... your sound card will just be ignored.
in this case go with a Tritton
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August 20, 2009 10:44:00 AM

will the sound of tritton on stereo good compared to sennheiser?
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August 20, 2009 3:24:34 PM

the tritons are nice.. ( couldn't pony up for it so i got the plantronics gamepro 777 and I love them.. just another choice to look at if money is an issue
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January 26, 2010 5:22:52 PM

I just spent a lot of time web shopping to decide which set was the best set, price aside. If you can afford them the Psyko Audio guys won the best new innovation award for CES 10. Check them out http://www.psykoaudio.com/ . I opted for the G35 to match all my other Logitech G gear, still awaiting delivery tomorrow to see how they perform.
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January 26, 2010 7:00:34 PM

G35 will totally ignore the soundcard, so your ASUS Xonar DX is now going to waste. USB headphones contain their own unique audio driver that will pre-empt the soundcard in all cases.

Would have gone with the Tritton anyway; 5.1 via optical, dolby decoder module, etc. Alternativly, could have gone with the PC350's and simply used the DX's Dolby Virtual Headphone to get virtual 5.1 on the headset.
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January 26, 2010 7:17:59 PM

Take a quick look through Head-Fi's Headphone Buyer's Guide for a list of great cans.
Looking at the price range of your other choices and your unamped sound card, I would probably recommend Grado sr80's or Sennheiser HD-555's.
Both cost around $100, should work fine with your sound card and both will sound much better than any of the headphones yet listed.
If you need a microphone, using a simple Clip On Microphone will give you the best of both worlds.

What ever you end up getting, DO NOT get a pair of USB headphones!
They have their own onboard CODEC (basically being their own sound card) and will not use your Xonar's excellent DAC.

I would also recommend against a pair of 5.1 gaming headphones.
Everything pair I have seen reviewed has gotten pore marks for both sound quality and surround sound accuracy.
Instead, stick with a good pair of stereo cans and your Xonar's excellent Dolby Headphone implementation.
I have been gaming with my AKG's for quite some time now and I can say that it makes the games feel almost as good as using a dedicated 5.1 surround speaker setup.
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January 26, 2010 7:25:37 PM

:o 

Sorry, missed the August '09 date on this thread.

ryanhell078, please do not dig up old threads!!
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January 29, 2010 3:06:43 PM

watever u do, do not get USB headset, if u want it to use with ur soundcard.
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February 3, 2010 8:37:51 AM

The G35 is crazy good! I play Crysis 24/7/365 for 4 years now. Amazing headsets! I hear subtleties that even my Altec Lansing 5.1 system was incapable of. Do yourself a favor G35!
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February 3, 2010 8:45:55 AM

Yes, you can usually hear quite a bit more with headphones than a cheap surround setup.
Still, using a dedicated sound card and higher quality cans would be a massive step up from a USB headphone setup....
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February 5, 2010 8:48:31 PM

and razer mako, is even better, but what the hell its like 300 quid
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