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This review is from: Beyerdynamic DT 990 250 Ohm Audiophile Headphones Handmade in Germany
Pros: Phenomenal sound on all levels; absolutely breathe taking. Smooth, amazing sound that completely immerses you in what you're listening too. Extremely comfortable; I wear them for hours every day and I don't feel right sitting at my computer without them on my head!
Cons: Have had some issues with the drivers handling bass intensity on some things, but this has been worked out for the time being.
Other Thoughts: Using alongside the Xonar Essence STX, this is my first high-end audio setup. I'm relatively inexperienced with the tech behind sound, being more of a videophile myself, but I do know high quality sound from average sound, and my preferences in sound are a bit more strict than anyone I know.
Every single person I've had over who has listened to these headphones has said nothing other than "wow". People ranging from college kids to professional musicians to self-proclaimed audiophiles have heard these and sat listening with their jaw on the floor.
I listen to everything from NWA to Radiohead to Nine Inch Nails to Meshuggah to Two Steps from Hell to Bassnectar to The Heavy and these things sound fantastic while playing all of it.
My only complaint would be that I had some issues getting things to work properly with the Essence STX; the drivers would start crackling when bass got too strong, even at average volume levels. This was fixed eventually through a clean OS reinstall, so I don't really know exactly what the problem was, but it's fixed now and they sound fantastic unless the volume is cranked up (and by that, I mean loud to the levels where it's actually harmful).
Overall, I would absolutely recommend this product to anyone unless you've had something you know is better before. This is the best I've ever used and I'm completely satisfied, and if you can grab them whilst they're on sale you'd be extremely lucky to have such a quality product at such a low price.
This review is from: EVGA 06G-P4-2790-KR GeForce GTX TITAN 6GB 384-Bit GDDR5 SLI Support Video Card
Pros: -Fantastic power from a single card.
-Better SLI scaling than quad-SLI shown with 2x 690s
-Will run anything maxed 1080p
-Can run most games out at 5760x1080 all on its own, maxed settings, 40-60fps. Few exceptions to the rule would be a heavily modified Skyrim, Crysis 1-3, Far Cry 3, Metro 2033, and Witcher 2. I'm sure there are others, but if you wanna play those on 3 screens grab a 2nd Titan and you should be good to go.
-No louder than the 660ti I owned
Cons: -Too expensive for what it does, in my opinion. Is worth about $800 I'd say, not $1000.
Other Thoughts: The games I listed not being able to run at 5760x1080 are games that won't get 60 fps with maxed settings at that resolution. If you're willing to sacrifice some image quality, I'm sure a single Titan is capable of running any game at that resolution.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Plantronics Gamecom 780 USB Stereo Corded Headset
Pros: Great sound quality. Great bass quality. Surround works in games and makes the environment around you come alive.
I'm no audiophile, but I can recognize what works and what doesn't. These work, very well, and I can't believe how little they cost.
I own some JBL Creature II's, and when I transfer from my speakers to my headset I don't feel too left out. Bass and sound quality is really good on this set.
Even with music, no matter what you listen to, I think it sounds great. Everything from the Beatles to Outkast to Nine Inch Nails sounds great to me.
Cons: Occasionally I get glitches with the surround, making things behind me sound very low quality, but this is so infrequent I won't be dropping an egg in my rating.
Mic quality is lower mid-range in my opinion. I've heard much better, but not on anything I've owned previously. It's decent, and people have no issues hearing my or understanding me when I'm in a call, but it's not as crisp as it could be.
Other Thoughts: I'm more of a videophile than an audiophile, but these are great. In building my rig I was looking for an upgrade to see if I could surprise myself with impressive quality I've never heard before, but I just don't see the point right now. For the cost, even putting cost aside, these are some really great headphones and I'd recommend them.READ FULL REVIEW