DAC

Mayflower Electronics DAC

As I mentioned in my last blog post I had done quite a bit of research on headphones. This brand kept cropping up Mayflower electronics. Best DAC at this price point you can do no better. If you want to save even more money you can build it yourself if you know how to solder.

We went with Objective2 and ODAC Rev. B DAC & Amplifier handmade by Mayflower electronics in the USA.

This takes all of the sound out of the computer and puts it in your headphones from USB cable it is beautifully simplistic. The sound that comes out of this compared to what comes out of your sound card is incredibly different in the best possible way. There is also no added nonsense so you hear the games the way the game developers meant for you to hear them.

So if you have a good set of headphones or a very premium gaming headset you should really get one of these. It also has no drivers to speak of so you won’t have to worry about updating the drivers if your operating system changes.

Good old Creative Labs has not put out an updated driver for Windows 10 for quite a few of the old cards and only one driver since Windows 10 came out no updates whatsoever. Which is pretty surprising considering how many driver updates we get for video cards.

If you are looking to get some headphones like the AKG K712 Pro they won’t really function correctly without a DAC. I would highly recommend this brand very prompt shipment only took about three days and we’re in California and they are in New York.

AKG K712 PRO / K612 PRO

K712 pro

K712 pro

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been doing some headphone research on YouTube and across the Internet. I came to two conclusions; my sound card was a LIE and my headphones were under-powered. Now I don’t mean they were too quiet, but they were definitely not receiving enough output from my sound card for me to be able to experience their full glory and power.

Thank you to Tek Syndicate and HardwareCanucks

I won't spend much more time talking about the sound card, only enough to say you don’t need one. Your gaming motherboard will be able to output to your 7.1 surround sound speaker set out-of-the-box just fine, believe me.

What's most important is that you need a DAC, digital-to-analog converter. This will take care of all your audio needs. I will talk more about this in my next blog that will cover the Mayflower electronics DAC.

Okay on to the headphones, as you know I own a pair of Sennheiser Game Zeros. Connected to my Creative Labs sound card, these headphones sound weak. When I plug them into my new DAC, the different was like night and day. Better sound stage, bigger bass, more clarity. 

This got me thinking... how much better can this sound if I did a little bit of research and decided for the first time in many years to try a different brand, other than Sennheiser?

After watching many videos and searching the Internet, I went with AKG. I bought the K612 Pro, which sounded amazing and so much more spatial awareness than the Game Zeros. I felt like I was actually in the game!

But then, the little voice in my head started wondering...how much more better can this actually sound? So I went ahead and bought the K712 Pro. These were a step up, a BIG step up...with leather, memory foam, velour and a detachable cable. The K612’s had bass and spatial awareness, but these had so much more complexity. There is a level on Star Wars Battlefront where Darth Vader’s Super Star Destroyer takes off during the map. I had noticed it a few times by seeing it taking off... but now I hear it! It sounds like DOOM, it is amazing.

At this point, I know I have found my new headphones. I boxed up those K612’s and sent them right back. The K712's are going to be my new choice for gaming headphones.

 

K612 pro

K612 pro