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September 24, 2011 3:57:17 PM

Hi everybody,

I recently got an Asus Xonar DG sound card. I'm wondering what would be a good set of headphones/headsets to go with it. I'll mostly be using it for gaming. Also, I don't play competitively, so I don't need to pinpoint every sound. Rather, I want a pair of headphones that will immerse me into the game.

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September 24, 2011 4:01:28 PM

sam jay said:
Hi everybody,

I recently got an Asus Xonar DG sound card. I'm wondering what would be a good set of headphones/headsets to go with it. I'll mostly be using it for gaming. Also, I don't play competitively, so I don't need to pinpoint every sound. Rather, I want a pair of headphones that will immerse me into the game.



Do you need a built in mic?
September 24, 2011 4:03:25 PM

halcyon said:
Do you need a built in mic?


No.
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September 24, 2011 4:14:56 PM

sam jay said:
No.


Okeydoke. We don't know what your budget is but a good place to go for headphones/reviews is HeadRoom. You can shop by budget or type and get good information reviews on different cans.
September 24, 2011 4:24:47 PM

My budget is $100

September 24, 2011 7:40:59 PM

I purchased a set of Corsair HS1A, 35mm, then purchased the the Xonar DG. I am very pleased with this combo. The headphone amp on the DG is fantastic. Mic folds out of the way. Very comfortable.
September 25, 2011 2:47:05 AM

So which one? MDR-V6 or HS1A? I've also heard good things about the ATH-AD700.
September 25, 2011 4:48:21 PM

Any suggestions?
September 25, 2011 4:57:11 PM

sam jay said:
Any suggestions?


Well, another thing to look at is what type of music you'll be listening too. Is bass important (do you want it accented) or would you prefer a headphone with a flatter response?
September 25, 2011 6:21:01 PM

Yes, I would prefer a more neutral sound, as I like classical music.
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September 25, 2011 9:37:29 PM

Well, if you have the DG, then it may be worth looking at some high impedance headphones, as the DG is capable of driving headphones with impedances up to 150 Ohms.
September 29, 2011 8:11:27 PM

Hi guys,

Sorry for the late reply. I haven't chosen a pair of headphones yet. Here are some that I'm considering:

Corsair HS1A

ATH-AD500

ATH-M30

SONY MDR-V6

Sennheisser HD 428

Sennheisser HD 515

Also, I have lowered my budget a bit to around $70.

Any other suggestions would be appreciated.
September 29, 2011 9:14:13 PM

sam jay said:
Hi guys,

Sorry for the late reply. I haven't chosen a pair of headphones yet. Here are some that I'm considering:

Corsair HS1A

ATH-AD500

ATH-M30

SONY MDR-V6

Senheisser HD 428

Senheisser HD 515

Also, I have lowered my budget a bit to around $70.

Any other suggestions would be appreciated.


I'm sure most will disagree with me, but I think you should wait until you can afford to spend the $100 or a bit more on a decent set of headphones that will last you longer and that you'll get more enjoyment out of. While I do like the Sony MDR-V6 I know, from experience, that the cushions will wear out after a year or so and start to split. They sound good but are not the most durable.

I currently have the Sennheisser HD595 (which are a cousin of the 515). They've been a good all-around headphone. Quite balanced. Not in your stated budget but the HD 515 are probably decent.
September 29, 2011 11:57:24 PM

halcyon said:
I'm sure most will disagree with me, but I think you should wait until you can afford to spend the $100 or a bit more on a decent set of headphones that will last you longer and that you'll get more enjoyment out of. While I do like the Sony MDR-V6 I know, from experience, that the cushions will wear out after a year or so and start to split. They sound good but are not the most durable.

I currently have the Sennheisser HD595 (which are a cousin of the 515). They've been a good all-around headphone. Quite balanced. Not in your stated budget but the HD 515 are probably decent.


The HD595 is a bit too much. How about the ATH-AD700 or Sennheiser HD-555?
September 30, 2011 12:28:16 AM

sam jay said:
The HD595 is a bit too much. How about the ATH-AD700 or Sennheiser HD-555?



The Senn HD-555 is a good sounding and popular headphone from its reviews...even closer to the HD-595 than the HD-515 is.
September 30, 2011 12:47:35 AM

I'm just cautious of the Sennheisers because I read somewhere that the amp on the Asus Xonar DG and other similar cards isn't enough to power them, and you'd be better off getting one that doesn't benefit as much from an amp.
September 30, 2011 9:05:53 AM

You don't need a headphone amp for the entry level Sennhiesser headphones to sound fine.
September 30, 2011 10:24:11 AM

halcyon said:
You don't need a headphone amp for the entry level Sennhiesser headphones to sound fine.


Okay. Have you tried the ATH-AD700? Some say they're better than the HD555
September 30, 2011 12:11:59 PM

Na, I've not tried them. The next headphones I really want are the AKG-K702. I currently have the aforementioned Senn HD-595 and the Grado SR-325i.
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September 30, 2011 1:19:21 PM

sam jay said:
I'm just cautious of the Sennheisers because I read somewhere that the amp on the Asus Xonar DG and other similar cards isn't enough to power them, and you'd be better off getting one that doesn't benefit as much from an amp.


The DG capable of driving up to 150 Ohms, which only a few Senheisser models need [and trust me, they would al cost >$100].
September 30, 2011 2:17:30 PM

gamerk316 said:
The DG capable of driving up to 150 Ohms, which only a few Senheisser models need [and trust me, they would al cost >$100].


I currently have a dedicated DAC and headphone amp...I wonder how the DG compares.
October 1, 2011 9:56:56 AM

...and at that price you don't have much to lose.

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October 5, 2011 10:15:28 PM
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sam jay said:
Arrgh... and I thought buying a monitor was hard. How 'bout these-

http://www.gd-audiobase.com/index.php?option=com_virtue...


Sam, you may be best served to go and listen to some headphones so you can pick the the ones that are most pleasing to you. Simply going by our advice seems like its not enough, nor can it be.
October 7, 2011 10:34:56 AM

halcyon said:
Sam, you may be best served to go and listen to some headphones so you can pick the the ones that are most pleasing to you. Simply going by our advice seems like its not enough, nor can it be.


Yes, you're probably right. I'm just hoping that I can find some place with decent headphones. Thanks to all that took the time to contribute.
October 7, 2011 10:37:16 AM

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