Gamers, What's Your Audio Set Up?

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FWIW With the PS5 I use a PlayStation Platinum Headset via USB to get 3D audio which isn't ideal. I can use my DAC/AMP if the game doesn't really demand 3D sound, but it is a massive shame Sony don't allow the passthrough of 3D audio via HDMI like MS do.

I've spent a lot of time recently looking at options trying to get a DAC/AMP hooked up via USB to Optical (i.e. using a PCM2704 or similar) and just came to the conclusion it isn't ideally ideal. The G6 is flat over USB with the PS5 (either as an optical bridge or directly) and has the 50% max volume issue that most DAC/AMPs have or had with PS5 & PS4. From what I've read the Schiit Hel 2 is said to be one of the few DAC/AMPs that can disregard the host volume as a UAC1 device. So in that sense the Hel 2 might be a very good purchase with PS5 in mind.
 

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Mines very simple and sounds amazing:

SoundblasterX AE-5

Beyerdynamics DT990 250ohm stereo headphones

ModMic 4 for Comms (plugged into a Sabrent USB soundcard) becu for some reason the mod mic always has background noise when used with a 3.5mm audio input, no idea why but everyone has the same problem and the Sabrent USB sound card fixes it.


Positional audio and soundstage in games is very very good and being 250ohm the sound is very 'full'.
While old post, the ModMic makes a huge difference connected to a mixer through XLR.
 
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FWIW With the PS5 I use a PlayStation Platinum Headset via USB to get 3D audio which isn't ideal. I can use my DAC/AMP if the game doesn't really demand 3D sound, but it is a massive shame Sony don't allow the passthrough of 3D audio via HDMI like MS do.

I've spent a lot of time recently looking at options trying to get a DAC/AMP hooked up via USB to Optical (i.e. using a PCM2704 or similar) and just came to the conclusion it isn't ideally ideal. The G6 is flat over USB with the PS5 (either as an optical bridge or directly) and has the 50% max volume issue that most DAC/AMPs have or had with PS5 & PS4. From what I've read the Schiit Hel 2 is said to be one of the few DAC/AMPs that can disregard the host volume as a UAC1 device. So in that sense the Hel 2 might be a very good purchase with PS5 in mind.
Yeah, playing nicely with PS5 was one of the things that attracted me to the Hel 2 but then I figured I'd miss the VSS of the G6 for PC which is where I do most of my gaming. I haven't looked into Creative's X3 or X4 yet so no idea where they fall in the grand scheme of things.
 
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I have an Audeze Penrose headset which I use the most. Also have DT 900 Pro X with a Rode PodMic and a set of Philips X2 HR with Moda BoomPro thingy and a set of Adam Audio T5V for when I don’t want or need a headset

I use Focusrite 2i2 and Creative G6 for the wired stuff

I want to add Audeze LCD GX next and a better DAC/amp
 
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