I have just ordered all my components to do a nice new build but I have reached the bottleneck in my tech expertise, sound. After attempting to do a little research, I am going to defer to you guys for advice.
The solutions I am currently looking at are a pair of Razer Tiamat cans:
Now I know that the mobo alone has 8 channel output, but my experience in the past would suggest that the audio quality is going to be a lot better with a separate sound card.
While I am excited about the Tiamat... I have had a VERY bad experience in the past with headphones that used dedicated drivers for each channel of sound ( Triton AX Pros that died in less than 9 months.)
I am trying to keep the price down a little bit and the place that is being reflected is in the sound card choice, which brings up my next concern. This soundcard doesn't appear to have a headphone amp. Just how crucial do you think the amp would be ?
I am going to be using this setup primarily for games and music ( just mp3s no lossless flacs or w/e ). I want some great sound quality in a package that comes in under ( WELL under, hopefully ) 300 dollars. I am limited to headphones by my living circumstances.
tl;dr Are those headphones going to last 2 or more years and sound great with that soundcard, or do i want to look at other options.