Originally Posted by Shin CZ
Hey guys, would the JVC SU-DH1 and a good AMP work better for me than the mixamp? It sounds like a stupid question, but I NEVER use the voice chat, so perhaps it is?
I ask because if I were to ever get some hungry cans for gaming, I wouldn;t wanna amp and already amped signal, unless it does't do much compared to just amping it once. o_O
As mentioned at least twice earlier in the thread, this is my setup:
Source via TOSLink --> JVC SU-DH1 headphone out --> Headamp Pico --> DT770 Pro 250Ω or Shure SE530 IEMs
My sources are my X360, my PS3 and my Macbook Pro for music and movies (and the occasional PC game when I boot into Bootcamp mode running Win7).
I also don't use voice chat, and for the most part, I prefer the flexibility of the JVC when it comes to movies and audio (supports DTS input, can send Dolby PLII music/cinema modes) via Dolby Headphone DH1, DH2 or DH3. I adjust the DH mode depending on the source, but it stays on DH2 and DH3 most of the time.
That said, when I did own my mixamp and did play online, it couldn't be beat for the ability to mix game music/sounds with voice chat. If I ever get back into online gaming, I'll most definitely pick up another mixamp.
There is no huge difference in quality between the mixamp and the JVC when the JVC is set to DH2 (the same mode the mixamp uses), but the output is maybe a tad clearer. This is because the mixamp has a real line out. I have to use the headphone out on the JVC and adjust the volume on it so that it approximates a real line out.
Regardless, they both work fairly well but I only rely on DH 5.1 simulation when I don't want to disturb the neighbors - otherwise it's the full 6.1 speaker setup through my Denon AVR-4308CI - Dolby Headphone doesn't even come close to that, nor do I expect it to.
That's my 2¢ worth, for the 3rd time at least.