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April 3, 2011 4:13:54 PM

Hi I'm looking to see what's the best pci sound card + headphones for less than 200. My pci-e slots are used up by my graphics cards, so I'm looking for a pci based sound card and a good pair of headphones. Or would a logitech g35 be better? I'm looking for something that's at least 5.1, because I want to replicate my home theater setup to an extent with headphones. I currently have the Tritton ax 720, and I'm not too pleased with the sound quality. Thanks

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April 4, 2011 12:24:46 AM

statikstate said:
Hi I'm looking to see what's the best pci sound card + headphones for less than 200. My pci-e slots are used up by my graphics cards, so I'm looking for a pci based sound card and a good pair of headphones. Or would a logitech g35 be better? I'm looking for something that's at least 5.1, because I want to replicate my home theater setup to an extent with headphones. I currently have the Tritton ax 720, and I'm not too pleased with the sound quality. Thanks


I currently own the Logitech G930s. They are the g35s but wireless. They really do sound great, better than the BOSE over-the-ears I own. I have a creative x-fi extreme music, and never use it any more because I enjoy these headphones so much. They have the sound card already built in them, and are very comfortable. The ONLY complaint I have is that the ear pads aren't as plush as the BOSE ones. Other than that they are great for movies, games, or turn the surround off and listen to music in stereo mode. I recommend them.

These bad boys can be found commonly on sale for $129.99. So don't buy for $160
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Logitech+-+G930+Wireless+Ga...
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April 4, 2011 12:32:00 PM

Best PCI cards:

ASUS Xonar DG (~$40)
ASUS Xonar DS (~$60)
ASUS Xonar D1 (~$80)
HT Omega Striker (~$80)
Auzentech Prelude (~$120)
ASUS Xonar D2 (~$140)
(I *think* some of the HT Omega Halo line uses PCI; those would be next in line if they do)
ASUS Essence ST (~$180)
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April 4, 2011 1:54:22 PM

If I got 5.1 or 7.1 sound card and a pair of Hd555, would the headphones emit 5.1 sound? If not, I think I'm going with one of the Logitech offerings.(Never mind, I noticed they are stereo)
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April 4, 2011 7:40:21 PM

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If I got 5.1 or 7.1 sound card and a pair of Hd555, would the headphones emit 5.1 sound?


Yes with analog, yes with digital [Via Dolby Digital Live and/or DTS-Connect]
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April 4, 2011 10:06:42 PM

Asus Xonar D1 sound card $86 (U.S.)
Audio Technica ATH-AD700s $95 (U.S.)
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April 4, 2011 10:15:48 PM

Ok with that sound card, those headphones, and a cheap mic, I would be able to have 5.1 surround sound in a headset? And I assume I would have better sound quality than with a Logitech G35. I mainly use my system for gaming, and want the best bang for the buck. Thanks
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April 4, 2011 10:35:35 PM

statikstate said:
Ok with that sound card, those headphones, and a cheap mic, I would be able to have 5.1 surround sound in a headset? And I assume I would have better sound quality than with a Logitech G35. I mainly use my system for gaming, and want the best bang for the buck. Thanks


Yeah you could use the built in virtual surround sound on the headsets, or for regular headsets use the plug. The Logitech's basically have a sound card built into the headset. For gaming make sure you buy a headset that has an attached mic.
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April 5, 2011 1:05:38 AM

So what's the suggestion for gaming? A dedicated sound card + a headset or the Logitech G35? I currently have the Tritton ax 720 and the mic is broken, and overall I'm not too fond of them. Thanks
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April 5, 2011 1:40:51 AM

It really just comes down to how much you want to spend, and if you plan on adding a speaker system in the future. I personally Have the Logitech G930, a sound card, and a surround sound system. But since I have gotten the Logitechs I have not used anything BUT them. Also you may want to note that these headphones can only be used with a computer. I believe Logitech has come out with another wireless set for use with other consoles, and a multitude of other audio sources, but if you were to connect these to the computer they would bypass the sound card.

http://www.logitech.com/en-us/gaming/headsets/devices/7...

http://www.logitech.com/en-us/gaming/headsets/devices/7...

http://www.logitech.com/en-us/gaming/headsets/devices/5...

All of these headsets offer virtual 7.1 sound as well.

Here are some other headsets I have heard to be highly rated
http://www.trittonusa.com/index.php/products/gaming_aud...
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Razer+-+Megalodon+USB+Gamin...


These ones are very unique because they actually have 5.1 speaker, and are not virtual
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...

I suggest if you're going with solely a Gaming PC headset to do some research, and buy from a brand you like the best. Sometimes the headphones that offer the most aren't actually any good.
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April 5, 2011 2:36:05 AM

I have a 7.1 surround sound setup + receiver for my living room, and although my pc crushes my ps3, the sound from my ps3 is vastly superior to my current pc setup(Tritton ax 720). I've spent almost 1000$ on upgrades this year(480 sli from 5870,new psu, ssd, and a new Haf X case), and I'm really trying to keep costs down. I have an offer on used Megalodons for 70$ but after reading many reviews I'm not sure they're the best. I've been researching all the time, and I'm down to the Logitech G35 or a sound card + quality headphones. It's for my room so speakers are out of the question(married).
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April 5, 2011 2:43:24 AM

statikstate said:
I have a 7.1 surround sound setup + receiver for my living room, and although my pc crushes my ps3, the sound from my ps3 is vastly superior to my current pc setup(Tritton ax 720). I've spent almost 1000$ on upgrades this year(480 sli from 5870,new psu, ssd, and a new Haf X case), and I'm really trying to keep costs down. I have an offer on used Megalodons for 70$ but after reading many reviews I'm not sure they're the best. I've been researching all the time, and I'm down to the Logitech G35 or a sound card + quality headphones. It's for my room so speakers are out of the question(married).


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April 5, 2011 2:55:55 AM

i also have a pair of g930's and was pleasantly surprised at the sound quality, especially in gaming.
my only gripe is that the noise canceling mic doesn't work unless you use voice morphing.
i also have an X-fi xtreme gamer sound card and only use that when my headset is recharging (which takes 2 hours to get 10 hours use)
price wise with the g930 there expensive for what you get, in that if you got wired 1s they would be about half the price and get similar sound.

soundcard wise X-fi are a bit dated now, there are cheaper alternatives that give better sound in multimedia not just games.
the xonar range are a good example of this. although there better products do start at above 100 pounds.
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April 5, 2011 3:37:43 AM

Best answer selected by statikstate.
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April 6, 2011 3:57:42 AM

You get good value with the Audio Technica ATH-AD700s, you can plug them in any audio equipment and get good sound.
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April 6, 2011 3:46:06 PM

Yeah i'm going with the g930-looks like a good upgrade from the g35
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