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Old 08-24-2014, 10:26 PM   #1  
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Default ZxR, X-fi/variation of X-fi, Xonar, or other??

I have a system in which I am currently using the X-Power II mobo onboard sound. This means I'm open to picking the very best.

I have been trying to learn more about how to get good surround sound in a pair of decent quality stereo headphones.

Rather late in the game, I've learned only recently that sound cards actually facilitate simulating surround sound within stereo headphones, and are actually more capable because they provide greater functionality and much better quality sound than USB surround sound headsets like Razor 7.1 or Turtle Beach xp seven.

So, most importantly, my focus is primarily gaming.

However, I want the card that will facilitate the best surround sound experience in a variety of both old and new games, rpg, first person rpg, first person shooters, and what the heaven, even strategy games.

I want to know where a person/something is, how far away, how many bullets/arrows they've fired/how many swings they've taken, and the type of gun/weapon they're using just by their sound alone.

I am not as concerned about cost as I'm tired of these half-good variations that I get from these USB surround sound headsets.

My main concern here is to learn from someone who has tried some of these sound cards out in a variety of different games, and which one was the best for positional awareness, most important, and then quality of sound enough to be able to pick up the subtle variances between the sounds of different items, actions, and distances.

Thank you.

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You are going to get better results focusing on your headphone and amp combo rather than the soundcard IMO.
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Headphones ......? here we go again.
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Headphones ......? here we go again.
Yep - if that is what he wants , will help him out the best I can. Surround sound speakers are preferable but not always possible. Soundcards can put out a good signal but most good headphones have higher impedances than what a soundcard can comfortably drive. I prefer an outboard DAC + amp combo but if the soundcard is good then just an external amp will suffice.

To the OP what outputs does your current soundcard/mobo offer?
If you want true surround (not just a great simulation) and they are only being used for gaming and not music I would choose the Sennheiser PC363d headphones. My recomendation would be to try those with your current set-up and you may find you do not need anything else. My 2nd choice would be Turtle Beach Seven - awesome sound too but nowhere near as comfortable IMHO as the Sennheisers. Both however are usb soundcard headphones . I do not know of any 'true' 7.1 gaming headphones that are not USB soundcard based. USB IMHO can be to 'noisy' for high end stereo listening but I am unaware of any issues for gaming.

If you really want the 'best' 7.1 soundcard I would recommend this: Creative PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio sound card

This may help :
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2395840,00.asp

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