Best set up to 6xx for FPS gaming on PS4 (Creative G6 or avr pre outs to Schitt amp)?
I love my dedicated HT. 7.1 set up with 6 floorstanding speakers, plus a nice Marantz AVR (SR5014). And it's great for gaming, lately I'm obsessed with Call of Duty Warzone and I play on PS4.
Some people say headphones are better for this type of gaming, but I love the clarity and depth I get out of my set up for gaming. I think I hear footsteps and such much better than my headphone counterparts.
Nevertheless, my wife is tired of the gunbattles and helicopters while she's trying to sleep. So I need to start playing with headphones.
I have decided, after much research, I will use Sennheiser 6xx. This part is not up for debate, nor is open vs. closed back.
My question is, I am deciding between these two set up and have no idea (before I make the extra purchase I need to make) which will be better for me. And by "better," I mean the best set up possible for the most accuracy. Imaging, imaging, imaging. The best substitute for my 7.1 set up, so that if footsteps are 10m away from me in the game SW of me, I hear it just as loud and clear as I would with my HT speakers. (Don't worry about microphone, I have that taken care of and it's separate from this)
Option 1: Purchase Creative G6 dac/amp. Use following set up:
PS4 -> Optical -> Creative G6 dac/amp -> 6xx
Option 2: Purchase Schiit Magni 3+ headphone amp. Use following set up:
PS4 -> HDMI -> Marantz AVR SR5014 -> Pre outs for Front L/R -> Magni 3+ -> 6xx
The cost difference between the G6 and Magni 3+ means nothing to me, I just want the best set up with the best imaging on 6xx while I play COD Warzone at night.
Option 1 makes a lot of sense to me because the Creative G6 is fully intended to be a gaming dac/amp for headphones. It can even decode dolby digital coming from the PS4, and can definitely drive the 6xx.
Option 2 is where I get no sense for what I can do. The idea of getting a Magni 3+ and using it for this purpose is sexy. THAT SAID, I'm concerned about the Marantz AVR. I know headphone amps inside AVRs suck, but what about using Marantz AVR as a dac for headphone purposes? Can I trust it to do good job taking the 5.1/7.1 signal from the PS4 and downrezzing it to 2.0 and sending to the amp via pre-out such that I get the imaging I want? OR in that sense, I am just better off with the Creative G6?
Last edited by pappy97; 04-30-2020 at 10:24 AM.