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Just bought a PC360 headset, amp or card?

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Hello All!

So I was searching around for a good headset to use on my PC since I got some Turttle Beach Z6A headphones and they had great sound but really horrible build quality (under 30 days and they broke).

In my search I was recommended the Sennheiser PC360 and a X-Fi Titanium PCI Express Sound Card. I currently have on-board sound: RealtekĀ® ALC892 8-Channel.

In reading a little more I discovered tons of people talking about a headphone amp as a must have. The on-board sound does have optical out and sounds fantastic on my home-theater system, not sure if it's necessary to get the card and then a headphone amp.

Also I can cancel the order, so please let me know if I'm making a mistake going with the PC360 headset. I'm looking for positional sound in FPS shooters and good sound from music.

Thanks in Advance!

Nick
Edited by nickCR - 8/1/12 at 9:26pm
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I've got the pc360 and RealtekĀ® ALC892 8-Channel. It works just fine.

I previously had creative X-Fi Fatal1ty soundcard but it broke, and afterwards I haven't really noticed a huge difference in soundquality etc when comparing it to the motherboard soundcard. Oh, and I'm no audiophile so take it with a grain of salt. :P

That being said, due to practically all the reviews claiming that one needs to have an amp for these headphones I yesterday ordered Asus Xonar Essence STX just to ensure I get everything out of these headphones. Figured that while it does cost a lot it's a card that will maintain its value over time and will be worth keeping even after upgrading my computer.

Will reply back when I get the card to tell if it makes any noticeable difference.
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