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I'm wanting to use these for gaming and I have the old Astro Mixamp 5.8. I plan on amping these in the future but until then, does anyone know if these will sound ok with just the Mixamp 5.8?
No idea about mixamp but 58x is not particularly hard to drive. I personally don't have issues even running it off my phone (OP5). Unless you tend to listen to incredibly high sound levels you should be fine
The Mixamp 5.8 actually has a slightly stronger amp than the wired mixamp. Double amping (putting a nice amp between the Mixamp and HD 58x) should improve the sound quality, but you should have decent loudness and noticably improved quality over an Astro headset.
I’ve got an old 5.8 in my closet and I’d test out the combo for you, except I’ve gotta pack bags and fly out to Colorado tomorrow.
Thanks, yeah I ditched the Astro headset on day one and have been using the Mixamp with PC360's. I went ahead and pulled the trigger on the 58x so I will find out if the combo will work for me soon. If not I've decided on double amping with a FiiO A3.
Do you already have the A3? I would consider it pretty much the cheapest external amp that is still a worthwhile upgrade over the amp built into a phone (and much better than the amp built into a game console controller). There are clearer/cleaner sounding amps out there at a higher end cost, but the A3 should start you off pretty good :)
I don't have one yet, I was originally going to opt for a Magni but I'm very much a couch gamer and the A3 setup just seems like it would be a lot simpler to me.
Yeah, and even if the Magni is a slightly better amp than the A3, I think the Magni’s cold (you could say almost glaring) signature doesn’t have good synergy with the HD 58X anyway.
FiiO makes good stuff. I’m personally a big fan of the Q5, which has quite a nice DAC implementation, Bluetooth, and interchangeable amp modules, and it just sounds really smooth and good... I especially like my FiiO X7 (which is basically a Q5 with an android music player) with my HD 650. But as versatile as that option is, it’s probably outside of your budget for now.
To my surprise the Mixamp 5.8 is driving these very well. The clarity and detail on Rainbow Six is much better than my PC 360's and 37X. I'm hearing sounds in that game that I never heard before. Now just have to decide on a decent mic solution.
Connecting a mic to the console is always the trickiest part. Are you playing on a PS4 or XBO? I found plugging in a USB mic straight into my PS4 was a clean solution, but XBO is more complicated and you have to patch in the controller to the Mixamp and use an analog mic. I got a cheap lapel mic from amazon back when I played on XB360, if I had an XBO I probably would try to get an Antlion Mod Mic or the similar Massdrop MinI Mic, both of which you can stick onto the HD 58X to make it like a headset.
I have both but mostly play on PS4 while the Xbone collects dust. I went ahead and placed an order for the FiiO A3 and Modmic 5 last night. I plan to tie it all into the Mixamp as my favorite feature is being able to turn my teammates down when I need to really hear game audio cues. Thanks so much for all of your help on this.