Yet another headphone thread

How does the Q30 compare to the Q20?

WizKid wrote:

How does the Q30 compare to the Q20?

I like this guy for budget headphones. He gives more on features vs quality, so just keep that in mind.

I generally don't jump just one generation on something like this, so I'd put a price tracker on the Q35's instead. But it seems there are a couple of nice things with the Q30's.

BTW, the Soundcore App is pretty nice. One of the better headphone apps out there IMO.

Here's his video on the Q30 vs Q35. I'd like the pause on removal functionality. I just set up a price watch for $75 to maybe break my rule and just go up one gen if the price falls.

MannishBoy wrote:

Here's his video on the Q30 vs Q35. I'd like the pause on removal functionality. I just set up a price watch for $75 to maybe break my rule and just go up one gen if the price falls.

I would have but l think I'm going to wait out for a version that supports low latency Bluetooth so I can use them for PC games. My cat keeps destroying my Sennheiser wires.

Kurrelgyre wrote:

The video is great! It was extra funny to see a seasoned youtuber focused on audio who doesn't know that Samson is a company. Not that they're high end, but they've been firmly in the "solid value" space for audio production gear for decades. Maybe it's a "because Australia" thing.

I have no idea how Samson ranks in the headphone space, but my C01U USB condenser microphone is a workhorse that's served me well lo these past ten years. It's basically a Blue Yeti from before Blue Yeti was a thing. Fewer features that no one will ever use anyway, but comparable quality and price. Good enough for some light home voice acting work, great for streaming / podcasting, and fantastic for Discord / Zoom / whatever voice calls.

Other than the earcups being noticeably shallow and having to bend the headband outward a bit for my head (hooray, they're just metal), the mentioned model is astonishing for $42. My interest grew out of curiosity generated from Apple upgrading their music service to Lossless and Atmos. Some of the made-for-Atmos tracks sound overly complicated to me, if that's a thing, but I digress. The Samson's are heavily inspired by the AKG K240 according to one of his other videos, much like the Superlux HD-681, but considerably better balanced than the Superlux (the overemphasized bass on which oddly makes them popular with "gamers", even though you can't attach a mic to any of them).

I still mostly like my Superlux HD668B

pandasuit wrote:

I still mostly like my Superlux HD668B

Those are fantastic cheapies. I have had a pair for a few years.

*Legion* wrote:
pandasuit wrote:

I still mostly like my Superlux HD668B

Those are fantastic cheapies. I have had a pair for a few years.

I’ve got a ton of use out of them. I swapped the leather ear pads for velour almost right away. Main issue I have with them is the headband has always felt odd with those 2 pads instead of a band. I’ve always wondered if I could mod that into something better.

Speaking of Dankpods. I bought those Samsons and waiting for them. hhmm..

So it looks like my Xonar DGX is dead. I game exclusively with headphones and the thing I liked about that card was that it had "Dolby Headphone," which did a passable job of emulating surround sound for headphones. Is there any replacement hardware I could get that would do something similar? Would an external headphone amps do this?

Creative Labs has a bunch of usb based devices that can do what you want.

Great, thanks! Looks like the SB X3 or X4 is about what I'm looking for.