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Any Audiophiles here?

#31AcquirePosted 11/16/2013 7:27:58 PM
I use a xonar essence stx as my dac and have an external amp for my audeze lcd 2 headphones. It sounds fantastic. That sound card is a great dac. I've never used it to power high impedance headphones though. Previously I had it and some sennheiser hd 555s.
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#32PraetorXynPosted 11/16/2013 8:34:30 PM
The reasons I recommended against the Xonar STX for gaming are:
1. CMSS 3D > Dolby Headphone (CMSS 3D actually takes into account vertical direction, i.e. someone on the floor above you, and it takes into account walls in the way of you and the sound. The game has to support CMSS 3D for this to work, and if the game doesn't, CMSS 3D sounds like Dolby Headphone, so there's no downside).
2. The C-Media chips in Asus soundcards are inferior to the ones in the X-Fi Titanium for gaming audio.

Really sound cards are pointless for listening to music in the first place, because an external DAC will always work at least as well, and better in most cases. Plus you don't have to worry about improper grounding giving you extraneous noise.

That's why I only use my sound card to provide CMSS 3D and hardware accelerated OpenAL. I use S/PDIF to bypass the inferior DAC of the sound card and pass the processed digital sound along to my DAC for conversion to analog, where it's then amplified and sent out to my headphones.
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#33davidj171316Posted 11/16/2013 11:34:01 PM
noname278 posted...
Audio Technica M50's are great.

You should explain why.
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#34JohnnyBananas26Posted 11/17/2013 12:54:28 AM
What do you guys think of the Seinheisser HD598? I was thinking of getting that.
#35noname278Posted 11/17/2013 12:55:05 AM
davidj171316 posted...
noname278 posted...
Audio Technica M50's are great.

You should explain why.

Someone already did.

"Probably because Audio Technica tends to make some highly reputable budget monitors, and for some reason, people think that every ATH is a monitor, and must have a flat response.

You can see the frequency response of the M50s here. Little heavy on the bass, clearly listening cans.

Compared to their ~$100 monitors."
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#3632x2z(Topic Creator)Posted 11/17/2013 1:05:14 AM
I'm just gonna clear up the questions that have been asked.

1: I'm using this to listen to house music.
2: I would prefer closed headphones.
3: I'm stuck between the Sennheiser HD439 and DT770
4: I switched the Sound Card to
5: I simply am using it not primarily for bass but the song itself. Yes bass is lovely but I like crystal clear clarity of all the notes that are being played.
#37x_stevey_xPosted 11/17/2013 1:15:38 AM
posting to say i agree with dividude
#38mogexpress1Posted 11/17/2013 1:44:59 AM
32x2z posted...
1: I'm using this to listen to house music.

before spending this money you should invest in some actual music
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#39Master_SexyPosted 11/17/2013 3:38:17 AM
people still recommending m50 cause thats their first and only headphone. stop. tc get a amp/dac and he400 and be done.
#40SpaceCadetttPosted 11/17/2013 4:23:42 AM
I have a pair of AiAiAi TMA-1s and they're pretty much the best headphones I've ever experienced. Their added sexiness bonus should also be taken into consideration