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Beyer Dynamic DT 990 Premium 600 OHM Headphones
Beyer Dynamic DT 990 Premium 600 OHM Headphones
Price: £203.64

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars boyyo, 17 July 2012
Jumping between the Sennheiser HD650 and the Beyerdynamic DT990 600ohm version is a distiguishing difference, and a very refreshing leap. While the HD650 did have bass, a warm signature, and quite natural sound with a great soundstage, one of the first things that caught me when first trying out the DT990s was the increase of bass, which I favour a lot (and probably the most I've ever heard on open cans). Of course, as some of you may be aware of - probably from hearing yourself or reading elsewhere - there is also an increase of treble; some say polarizing treble. To me, the treble was obtrusive on some songs, but on some tracks the treble, with the company of the thumping bass, made the songs alot more lively while also offering great fluidity with the great soundstage of these phones. The 600ohm version did bring out the clear and detailed sound signature that these cans provide, and I have to say that being a big fan of open headphones, this is probably one of the greatest headphones out there. However, if you are solely after bass, then you should consider a pair of closed headphones such as the Ultrasone PRO series or the Sony XB series. While the Beyers provide great bass, with the sacrifice of acceptable mids, they are not bass cans as such as no open headphones will bring you that hard thumping bass which only closed phones can provide. Additionally, if you are after as neutral sound possible, then I should recommend you look toward the DT880 with 600ohm, or perhaps the HD650, though it does sound slightly more 'veiled' than the DT880s.


Asus ROG Xonar Phoebus 7.1 PCI Express Soundcard
Asus ROG Xonar Phoebus 7.1 PCI Express Soundcard
Price: £126.65

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars boyyo, 14 July 2012
You could go with almost any Xonar sound card if you're looking for an upgrade from your crappy onboard device, but if you want to go a bit further you should consider the Phoebus; especially if your main activity is gaming. To make it brief I've compiled a list of some key features I like about this card:

+ Exceptional sound in film and music
+ Great feeling from games using GX3.0
+ The headphone amplifier, which has replaced my previous amps
+ The volume controller and its mic + sound feature
+ The drivers
+ The design

Of course, as pointed out by others and is still an issue as far as I know, is the driver issues with games running through punkbuster. I feel that it is a big setback for a high-end gaming soundcard. However, I feel that it would be unfair to give it less points as it is an issue which will most likely be resolved shortly by ASUS (said to be done by mid-July). What is most important is the initial impression of this card and how it performs overall. I would recommend this card to gamers, but even those who aren't really game enthusiasts as it may be a considerable equivalent to STX or Titanium HD if you are looking for a 7.1 capable card over one which is 2.0. However, if you are playing Battlefield 3 and such, I would suggest that you wait with buying the card until the issue with such games has been fixed/patched; what you gain from the wait is most likely a lowered price and a better initial impression once you do get it.


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