Do I need a SCHIIT stack if only for PC gaming and movie watching?
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Headphones Beyerdynamic DT770 250 ohms Sennheiser HD 6XX 300 ohms HiFiman HE4XX Planar Magnetic 35 ohms PC gaming Soundblaster AE-7 DAC/AMP Headphone Amp (600Ω): Custom-designed discrete headphone bi-amp (Xamp) Output Impedance: 1 Ω Headphone Impedance Range: 16 – 600Ω Output Impedance: 1Ω Supported Headphone Impedance: 16 - 600Ω IEM: 16 -31Ω (1.9Vrms, -5.5dB) Normal: 32 - 149Ω (3Vrms, -1.6dB) High Gain: 150 - 600Ω (5.3Vrms, +3.3dB) HTPC movies Soundblaster X3 DAC/AMP Output Impedance: 10 ohms Supported Headphone Impedance: 32 ohm - 600 ohm Low Gain: 32 - 149 ohm (1.2V RMS @ 32 ohm, 1.5V RMS @ 150 ohm High Gain: 150 - 600 ohm (2.3V RMS @ 150 ohm, 2.9V RMS @ 600 ohm SCHIIT HERESY Maximum Power 16 ohms 2.8W RMS per channel Maximum Power 32 ohms 2.4W RMS per channel Maximum Power 50 ohms 1.6W RMS per channel Maximum Power 300 ohms 410mW RMS per channel Maximum Power 600 ohms 215mW RMS per channel Will buying a new SCHIIT stack add any value, especially if I am NOT listening to music? Magni Heresy and Modi 3
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dcha12
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Aug 6, 2020
On the contrary to everyone here, I find that having better setups have increased my enjoyment of movies and games. In competitive games like Overwatch, it feels like cheating because the footsteps to me are extremely obvious. Watching movies on my two-channel setup, or even streaming on my computer to my headphone rig, is a treat. That being said, you do not need a tremendously expensive rig to get such enjoyment, even if you were the type of person who listened to tons of music. There's some gear out there that have tremendous performance-per-dollar; for example, I'd rather listen to Magni 3+ over THX 789, Jotunheim (early version), Darkvoice, etc*. *caveat: in a hobby like audiophilia, you really got to understand that much of it boils down to user preference. It really doesn't matter if someone else tells you if something is the best because you're going to be the one using it in the end, not them. So yes, I think that upgrading is still "worth." You're going to find that movies have more coherency in speech, and the various sound effects will be "positioned" better. Same with games.
jaxtrauma
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Aug 3, 2020
If for headphones only, your specs seem more than adequate. That Heresy should do just fine for hp only. It also has preamp outs if you want to try powered monitors. But the only way to know for sure is to try it for yourself and hear if you like it. Advice is great, I used a little Schiit stack with the Magni and Modi 3 for 14 mos. before I moved up, but go to your local stereo store for auditions, borrow one from a friend; everybody's ears are different and only you know what you like. You've got a good start, and if you're happy with it you should get years of enjoyment from the gear you have ;-)
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kh2456
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Aug 3, 2020
No not worth it.