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Been a member on MD for a while but never bought anything until now and the FAQ portion isn't too precise about what happens next.
So the drop ends in 6 hours, when approximately can I expect to receive the headphones? Two weeks? Three weeks? A month? Many months?
Also, I'm not really an audiophile at all and plan on using these for listening to music while at work and then gaming at home. From some searching I've done, it appears as if adding a DAC or amp would only hinder my gaming performance. I mostly play FPS games so positional audio is very important.
Seems like they will ship the headphones on June 26, 2015. It depends if you live in the United States or outside the U.S. The way it usually works is that the shipment arrives at their warehouse on the East Coast (I believe its in New Jersey) then it ships to your shipping address. Usually when it's being shipped to your house, they will update everyone with a tracking number (if you live in the U.S.). Not sure how long it will take when shipping outside the U.S. For this item in particular, it shouldn't take too long since this is a popular item, so I would give it at least 2-3 weeks for those in the U.S. (unless they have it already in their warehouse) and maybe 2 - 6 weeks for those outside the U.S.
I wouldn't worry about a dac or amp if you're not an audiophile. I got mine to listen to music on my phone before I sleep sometimes and they sound very good with just youtube or Spotify. These headphones were designed to be more suited and capable of phone or iPod type device listening out of the box than most similar models AKG makes. They would surely work well for gaming but they don't have any surround sound gaming features. It's mostly dedicated gaming headsets that have that. I've never used a headset with that feature but using headphones is an advantage in awareness over using speakers by itself.
I wouldn't expect a Massdrop too fast but usually near when they estimate they are shipping from their warehouse if you add about a week. Keep an eye on the comments or your email to get a good idea when it will arrive.
An external DAC reduces noise that you would normally get from your motherboard, and marginally (or debatably) increases sound quality. Low impedance headphones do not require an amp at all.
Surround headsets are a gimmick anyways. All you need is a pair of headphones with good soundstage.
There in lies the misconception. Most gaming grade "Headsets" are truly stereo (2 drivers), with either the drivers / quality, or microphone being garbage. Positional audio if captured from a good source can be recreated with good accuracy on a stereo "Headphone". The main difference between a gaming headset and a headphone being the quality of the drivers and the lack of a built in microphone.
For additional positional audio most gamers (FPSers like myself) use some sort of virtual surround sound software to emphasize the positional effect of the two drivers. I currently use Razer Surround, it's decent. The other factor for positional sound from a stereo setup is the soundstage of the headphone. Audiophile grade headphones will have a better soundstage than gamer grade headsets hands down, and open headphone usually better than closed headphones (however everyone seems to claim the SS on these are similar to "open"... we'll see).
My main point: get a good DAC if your motherboard doesn't have one already. Get good virtual surround sound software if the positional effects of your stereo headset / headphones are not up to your standard on a specific game. For me personally, I went with the Creative SoundBlaster E5 for two reasons: it has a more desirable DAC than my onboard for my gaming preferences (prefer a stronger bass), and the surround software that is included with the E5 (Scout Mode - hear footsteps at greater distances, SBX - enhances 3D surround sound effects, etc).
In the end it's going to be up to your personal preference but I can almost guarantee that this headphone paired with a quality microphone will enhance your gaming experience... but it will not make you a better shot. :)
EDIT: Sorry Quasar, this was meant to be a direct reply to Aliens.
Just out of curiosity, how did/do you know they will ship on the 26th?
Edit: Never mind, just saw it on the description page.