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£40 - sound card or headphones? Advice please :)

Discussion in 'Sound City' started by jmp_78, 5 Mar 2010.

  1. jmp_78

    Hitman

    Joined: 2 Mar 2009

    Posts: 616

    Location: Nottingham

    Hi all, please bear with me on this one!

    I have built-in Realtek audio from my motherboard, and a pair of 3 year old (£15) Sony headphones.

    For the purposes of gaming, which would give me the most noticeable improvement in sound quality for £40?

    Option 1 - Asus Xonar DS sound card (with current headphones)
    Option 2 - Creative Fatal1ty HS-800 headphones (with built-in audio)

    Cheers :D
     
  2. alex24

    Capodecina

    Joined: 1 Jan 2008

    Posts: 10,847

    Spend £50 and get the goldring NS1000 phones. They punch well above their weight at that price.

    Pick up a second hand m-audio sound card or creative x-fi/audigy after a little bit of saving.
     
  3. jmp_78

    Hitman

    Joined: 2 Mar 2009

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    Location: Nottingham

    £80 is about the cheapest I can see them online..?
     
  4. Marsman

    Capodecina

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    Play sells them for £50.
     
  5. DTWD

    Hitman

    Joined: 19 Jan 2010

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    Location: 127.0.0.1

    It is one of those difficult questions, it depends on the quality of the headphones as to how good they could sound, never mind what they sound like now.

    I would start with a better sound card, then you know your getting the best out of your current headphones. If it still doesn't sound good enough a set of headphones isn't a great deal more. You can spend a lot on headphones (a huge amount), but you can start to get good headphones, that most people would be happy with, at around the £25 mark.
     
  6. chrispystix

    Gangster

    Joined: 7 May 2007

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    I has the same question. Bought both for about £90 including the Goldring. Noise Reduction is fab. My movie experience is now much better. Look for a sound card with Dolby Headphone.
     
  7. jmp_78

    Hitman

    Joined: 2 Mar 2009

    Posts: 616

    Location: Nottingham

    My other thought was the Creative HS-1000 Fatal1ty headset. It's sbout £50, but uses a USB connection rather than 3.5mm jack, and incorporates it's own sound processing. It doesn't seem to get mega reviews because it bypasses your existing sound card, but for me this shouldn't be a problem.

    Only concern was if it would work with Win7 64-bit, and the fact that I'd never be able to use it with anything else!

    Kills 2 birds with 1 stone mind...
     
  8. alex24

    Capodecina

    Joined: 1 Jan 2008

    Posts: 10,847

    Don't bother. If you're going to do something, do it properly. Getting a discrete soundcard and decent heaphones is definitely the way forward. The sound quality will be much better overall.