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I have a decent mobo but would i need a soundcard to get the best out of a good pair of headphones? They will mostly be used to listen to music and maybe games. I want a pair around £100-150 someth… Read More
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4m, 2w agoPosted 4 months, 2 weeks ago
I have a decent mobo but would i need a soundcard to get the best out of a good pair of headphones?

They will mostly be used to listen to music and maybe games. I want a pair around £100-150 something decent, i currenly have a £80 headset.

HELP!? :)
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4m, 2w agoPosted 4 months, 2 weeks ago
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#1
Ive tried nearly every pair out there over the years, and nothing performs concistently like sennheisers. these were recently £90 on amazon. No gimmicky bass, just pure crystal clear audio. even at £130 they're still a catch.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sennheiser-360-Special-Gaming-Headset/dp/B01LDTRJG4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1483462165&sr=8-1&keywords=sennheiser+headset
#2
I have no idea about getting the best out of the headset. But I would highly recommend the Audio Technica ATH-M50X, should be around £110 and from youtube videos and I own a pair, they are fantastic.
#3
gazzafaegreenock
Ive tried nearly every pair out there over the years, and nothing performs concistently like sennheisers. these were recently £90 on amazon. No gimmicky bass, just pure crystal clear audio. even at £130 they're still a catch.https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sennheiser-360-Special-Gaming-Headset/dp/B01LDTRJG4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1483462165&sr=8-1&keywords=sennheiser+headset

Just food for thought, these are open back headphones so ALL the sound leaks and would not be suitable for using outside of his/her room. (I know the post says gaming, but I also use my headphones out and about)
#4
footylad2k7
I have no idea about getting the best out of the headset. But I would highly recommend the Audio Technica ATH-M50X, should be around £110 and from youtube videos and I own a pair, they are fantastic.

I'll second this comment.. But if you want a mic/chat function you'll need to do the mod mic mod. But definitely a great combo.
#5
Im not too fussed about mic or gaming, mostly music wise, with some headsets music sounds totally different you can hear all the background stuff compared to cheap ones where u just hear the sound and the basic music.

Ive had expensive ones in the past and like Sennheiser but wouldnt get the one above its a gaming headset not headphones, headphones are much better quality.

Not the best site for this but has anyone compared a soundcard vrs onboard sound on a decent motherboard?
#6
Plantronic Back Beat Pro (bluetooth or for around £20 over your budget, the Sony MDR100's (bluetooth version) via amazon....

The wired version of the MDR100's can be had for under 100quid from argos ebay......
#7
Need to be wired how do wireless even work with a PC do they even work with soundcards? or have a built in one? these will only be used on my PC, i wont be walking around with them.
#8
What is the problem with your £80 headphones?
#9
I was hoping to order the Creative EVO EXR's from Creatives website for £99....But they are out of stock :(.....awaiting restock email.....good reviews.....good for gaming etc.....can be used with with a usb or wired connection......directly to your laptop / PC

Creatives website have other cans on sale too...you may even find something more appropriate......
#10
poison3k
What is the problem with your £80 headphones?

Just not good enough for music, need go £100+
#11
seanmorris100
Im not too fussed about mic or gaming, mostly music wise, with some headsets music sounds totally different you can hear all the background stuff compared to cheap ones where u just hear the sound and the basic music.

Ive had expensive ones in the past and like Sennheiser but wouldnt get the one above its a gaming headset not headphones, headphones are much better quality.

Not the best site for this but has anyone compared a soundcard vrs onboard sound on a decent motherboard?


got a soundblaster z sound card for Christmas, will hopefully get it installed tonight and let you know if I can tell the difference. using an Asus x99 mobo
#12
Always make's me laugh when quality is associated directly with the price. The don't have to pay £xxx - you do need to look for quality and then get the best in your budget. First off rule out bluetooth, rule out branded then find out why people think A is better then B, C or D. Then find that feature within your budget - take a look here they seem to know what they are talking about http://www.head-fi.org/
#13
I'm happy with my Steeleseries, I have the Arctis 5 and they're nice, not too heavy and don't hurt or give you sweaty ears after an hours use.
#14
I present to you (what I believe to be) the most useful resource for deciding on a pair of gaming headphones....

http://www.head-fi.org/t/534479/mad-lust-envys-headphone-gaming-guide-3-18-2016-mrspeakers-ether-c-1-1-added

...I ended up going for a pair of DT990 Premiums
#15
seanmorris100
Im not too fussed about mic or gaming, mostly music wise, with some headsets music sounds totally different you can hear all the background stuff compared to cheap ones where u just hear the sound and the basic music.
Ive had expensive ones in the past and like Sennheiser but wouldnt get the one above its a gaming headset not headphones, headphones are much better quality.
Not the best site for this but has anyone compared a soundcard vrs onboard sound on a decent motherboard?

Thats a rather ignorant view. The Pc360 is based on the HD598 which is held in high regard in the under £500 bracket.

Edited By: gazzafaegreenock on Jan 03, 2017 20:24
#16
seanmorris100
Im not too fussed about mic or gaming, mostly music wise, with some headsets music sounds totally different you can hear all the background stuff compared to cheap ones where u just hear the sound and the basic music.

Ive had expensive ones in the past and like Sennheiser but wouldnt get the one above its a gaming headset not headphones, headphones are much better quality.

Not the best site for this but has anyone compared a soundcard vrs onboard sound on a decent motherboard?


so just tested the soundblaster z card, considerable difference. fuller bass, richer sounds, more volume available. mobo is Asus x99-a USB 3.1 which has relatively good onboard sound. now this is all through a set of Bose headphones I was gifted and am sort of obliged to keep, rrp about £180 from what I remember. wouldn't have bought them myself as the cost is bound to be brand inflated, but theyre still pretty good. sort of irrelevant anyway as I'm only giving comparison between onboard and sound card
#17
longback2

so just tested the soundblaster z card, considerable difference. fuller bass, richer sounds, more volume available.
Maybe not adding much to this conversation, but I do remember in days of yore when print magazines ruled the world reading a soundcard group test.
Creative didn't to well in the fidelity test.
Seems that get 'creative' and add things which sound good.
Just something to take into account before concluding that their soundcards sound great.
Still, I guess you could use better amps etc. as there clearly is more to soundcards than good signal:noise.
#18
I picked the sound blaster z because it got great reviews by PC gamers. just played bf1 with it and it made stereo sound like 5.1 due to the dynamic sound. would thoroughly recommend
#19
longback2
seanmorris100
Im not too fussed about mic or gaming, mostly music wise, with some headsets music sounds totally different you can hear all the background stuff compared to cheap ones where u just hear the sound and the basic music.

Ive had expensive ones in the past and like Sennheiser but wouldnt get the one above its a gaming headset not headphones, headphones are much better quality.

Not the best site for this but has anyone compared a soundcard vrs onboard sound on a decent motherboard?


so just tested the soundblaster z card, considerable difference. fuller bass, richer sounds, more volume available. mobo is Asus x99-a USB 3.1 which has relatively good onboard sound. now this is all through a set of Bose headphones I was gifted and am sort of obliged to keep, rrp about £180 from what I remember. wouldn't have bought them myself as the cost is bound to be brand inflated, but theyre still pretty good. sort of irrelevant anyway as I'm only giving comparison between onboard and sound card


You're comparing a lineout/low powered headphone output of a onboard soundcard to a dedicated headphone amp on the soundblaster. The more powerful output amp in the soundblaster will drive the headphones better. Not so much the quality of the onboard but the fact it's just not designed as a dedicated headphone out.
#20
seanmorris100
poison3k
What is the problem with your £80 headphones?
Just not good enough for music, need go £100+

Why in your opinion is it not good enough and why do you think a pair of £100+ is going to be? What is the £80 pair you have?

Sorry for all the questions it's just quite difficult to help with vague info.

I had a pair of Sennheisers years ago that cost £40 and were amazing, struggled to find anything close even spending £150 on one pair since. I currently have a pair of AKG's Y50's that cost me £50 and they are very very good.

Dont just look at the price, look at why the pair you have isn't good enough for your ears (too much bass? tinny? don't go loud enough?).

Beats headphones are expensive and very popular but I personally don't like them, they sound awful to me.
#21
poison3k
seanmorris100
poison3k
What is the problem with your £80 headphones?
Just not good enough for music, need go £100+
Why in your opinion is it not good enough and why do you think a pair of £100+ is going to be? What is the £80 pair you have?
Sorry for all the questions it's just quite difficult to help with vague info.
I had a pair of Sennheisers years ago that cost £40 and were amazing, struggled to find anything close even spending £150 on one pair since. I currently have a pair of AKG's Y50's that cost me £50 and they are very very good.
Dont just look at the price, look at why the pair you have isn't good enough for your ears (too much bass? tinny? don't go loud enough?).
Beats headphones are expensive and very popular but I personally don't like them, they sound awful to me.

Curious. What were these £40 Sennheisers?
#22
kester76
longback2
seanmorris100
Im not too fussed about mic or gaming, mostly music wise, with some headsets music sounds totally different you can hear all the background stuff compared to cheap ones where u just hear the sound and the basic music.

Ive had expensive ones in the past and like Sennheiser but wouldnt get the one above its a gaming headset not headphones, headphones are much better quality.

Not the best site for this but has anyone compared a soundcard vrs onboard sound on a decent motherboard?


so just tested the soundblaster z card, considerable difference. fuller bass, richer sounds, more volume available. mobo is Asus x99-a USB 3.1 which has relatively good onboard sound. now this is all through a set of Bose headphones I was gifted and am sort of obliged to keep, rrp about £180 from what I remember. wouldn't have bought them myself as the cost is bound to be brand inflated, but theyre still pretty good. sort of irrelevant anyway as I'm only giving comparison between onboard and sound card


You're comparing a lineout/low powered headphone output of a onboard soundcard to a dedicated headphone amp on the soundblaster. The more powerful output amp in the soundblaster will drive the headphones better. Not so much the quality of the onboard but the fact it's just not designed as a dedicated headphone out.


yes but seanmorris100 asked if anyone had compared and could tell the difference, I was saying I could tell the difference
#23
rev6
poison3k
seanmorris100
poison3k
What is the problem with your £80 headphones?
Just not good enough for music, need go £100+
Why in your opinion is it not good enough and why do you think a pair of £100+ is going to be? What is the £80 pair you have?
Sorry for all the questions it's just quite difficult to help with vague info.
I had a pair of Sennheisers years ago that cost £40 and were amazing, struggled to find anything close even spending £150 on one pair since. I currently have a pair of AKG's Y50's that cost me £50 and they are very very good.
Dont just look at the price, look at why the pair you have isn't good enough for your ears (too much bass? tinny? don't go loud enough?).
Beats headphones are expensive and very popular but I personally don't like them, they sound awful to me.
Curious. What were these £40 Sennheisers?

I cant remeber the model number as it was a few years ago (10+) but they were very similar in style to these http://en-uk.sennheiser.com/on-ear-dj-headphone-hd25
#24
longback2
kester76
longback2
seanmorris100
Im not too fussed about mic or gaming, mostly music wise, with some headsets music sounds totally different you can hear all the background stuff compared to cheap ones where u just hear the sound and the basic music.
Ive had expensive ones in the past and like Sennheiser but wouldnt get the one above its a gaming headset not headphones, headphones are much better quality.
Not the best site for this but has anyone compared a soundcard vrs onboard sound on a decent motherboard?
so just tested the soundblaster z card, considerable difference. fuller bass, richer sounds, more volume available. mobo is Asus x99-a USB 3.1 which has relatively good onboard sound. now this is all through a set of Bose headphones I was gifted and am sort of obliged to keep, rrp about £180 from what I remember. wouldn't have bought them myself as the cost is bound to be brand inflated, but theyre still pretty good. sort of irrelevant anyway as I'm only giving comparison between onboard and sound card
You're comparing a lineout/low powered headphone output of a onboard soundcard to a dedicated headphone amp on the soundblaster. The more powerful output amp in the soundblaster will drive the headphones better. Not so much the quality of the onboard but the fact it's just not designed as a dedicated headphone out.
yes but seanmorris100 asked if anyone had compared and could tell the difference, I was saying I could tell the difference
Sorry, I was just explaining why there is a difference when using lower impedance headphones over a lineout :)
Headphone impedance range is massive. I've read you can go from 8ohms to 600ohms headphones oO


Edited By: kester76 on Jan 04, 2017 14:15: ?
#25
I think OP is better off buying a cheaper brand such as superlux and paying the saving out on a good external headphone DAC.
#26
kester76
I think OP is better off buying a cheaper brand such as superlux and paying the saving out on a good external headphone DAC.

Would a cheap pair of Superflux benefit all that much from external DAC/AMP?
#27
rev6
kester76
I think OP is better off buying a cheaper brand such as superlux and paying the saving out on a good external headphone DAC.

Would a cheap pair of Superflux benefit all that much from external DAC/AMP?


No, you would have to go to a russian grade balanced valve system with a matched pair of german fsv312 valves. Even then you wouldn't get the best out of this premium set of headphones ;)

Joking aside I don't see the point in spending £100s on a set of headphones and a DAC. I use a cheap set of superlux with a crappy turtle beach optical DAC. I doubt you will hear a massive difference until you go to the 600ohm decent headphones and even then it depends on what you're pushing through them.
#28
kester76
rev6
kester76
I think OP is better off buying a cheaper brand such as superlux and paying the saving out on a good external headphone DAC.
Would a cheap pair of Superflux benefit all that much from external DAC/AMP?
No, you would have to go to a russian grade balanced valve system with a matched pair of german fsv312 valves. Even then you wouldn't get the best out of this premium set of headphones ;)
Joking aside I don't see the point in spending £100s on a set of headphones and a DAC. I use a cheap set of superlux with a crappy turtle beach optical DAC. I doubt you will hear a massive difference until you go to the 600ohm decent headphones and even then it depends on what you're pushing through them.

I'll get my coat then :)
#29
rev6
kester76
rev6
kester76
I think OP is better off buying a cheaper brand such as superlux and paying the saving out on a good external headphone DAC.
Would a cheap pair of Superflux benefit all that much from external DAC/AMP?
No, you would have to go to a russian grade balanced valve system with a matched pair of german fsv312 valves. Even then you wouldn't get the best out of this premium set of headphones ;)
Joking aside I don't see the point in spending £100s on a set of headphones and a DAC. I use a cheap set of superlux with a crappy turtle beach optical DAC. I doubt you will hear a massive difference until you go to the 600ohm decent headphones and even then it depends on what you're pushing through them.

I'll get my coat then :)


No time for the coat, straight on amazon ordering up that premium superlux goodness ;)

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