I am hoping to get some advice on a good soundcard/headphone combo for gaming.
A few points:
- The solution must be able to support good quality positional audio for gaming.
- I will listen to music on the solution too, so good quality musicial audio would be a definite plus.
- I don't really watch movies or TV shows on my PC so that's not really important to me.
- I already own some Sennheiser HD555s.
- My current sound card is onboard.
I have done some looking around on this forum, and I found this thread, which contained a lot of useful info:
Thanks for the suggestions, I will look into those models.
Between the three models you listed, which one do you feel is the best option?
Is one of them markedly better on positional audio for gaming? Do they match up well on music?
And is there a significant difference between the HD555s and the 350s? The HD555s are very audible to the outside world, which can be irritating for other people. Furthermore, my HD555s don't have a mic (not sure if they have a version which does), and since I do a lot of online gaming, it would be convenient to have an attached boom the 350s offer. I wouldn't want to pick up that feature if they don't sound as good as the HD555s though.
Many thanks for your time!
EDIT: one more additional question: while researching the Meridian card, I saw some people recommend the Auzentech X-fi Forte for gaming focused machines. How do you feel it matches up to the Meridian?
Personally, I love the Xense+PC-350 combo. The HD 555's are good, but I think the PC-350's are better.
As for the Forte and Meridian [2G, not the old model], the Forte is based on the X-fi chipset, that according to *some* people, automatically makes it better for gaming. The Meridian 2G is flat out a better card though, and personally, the whole "gaming soundcard" argument is a myth.
Right now, of the three cards I listed, I believe the Claro+ is the best all around, though the D1/DX [and all ASUS soundcards, like the Xense] DOES have the added advantage of EAX 5.0 emulation...
If we did a flat out comparison of just the Xense against the other three cards you mentioned, ignoring price and forgetting the bundled headphones (or assuming headphones of equal quality for the other three), how well does the card measure up against the others?
The Xense seems fairly future proof, with a PCI-E connector, and I like that it has a 1/4" jack and EMI shield. Is there anything else I should be aware of? How does it measure up to the likes of the Essence STX?