Im looking for some new headphones to replace my 2 year old Bose AE2's. I had some turtle beach x31's back in the day and they were amazing. I've been shopping around but its tough to make a choice. Anyone have any suggestions or recommendations? My price point is quite flexible $300 at the most. I have onboard sound off my MSI GD65 but havnt tried it out on anything but just stereo. Help please?
* onboard 7.1
all you'll ever need
Don't buy anything that is related to both audio and gaming at the same time. Get a pair of decent headphones like HD 558 and attach a mic to them if you need a headset. Never ever think of any 5.1/7.1 headphones, those are gimmicks that sound horrible.
But you also need a dedicated sound card, otherwise buying a decent pair of headphones is a waste.
Know of any good sound cards?
An example would be this
It is a DAC and a headphone amplifier.
These http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-360-Headset-Pro-Gaming/dp/B003DA4D2U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1378431597&sr=8-1&keywords=pc360 with a decent sound card. I don't have any personal experience with MSI's onboard audio, so I wouldn't know what it's like.
They're 7.1 surround sound and come with software. You don't need to install the disc that comes with it, it installs drivers and a dolby digital thing too.
I have used these headphones for intense gaming for over a year now. They still have the same quality as they did new.