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Hey im looking to buy a really nice headphone setup at the end of the summer, and Ive been researching some good cans, so far i like the SR325i headphones, but I am totally lost as to what I should get as a DAC and headphone amp, and what I need to operate them (power supplies, cords, etc.).

My budget is $700 for the whole setup, and would prefer to order from amazon if possible.

Also, would using USB 3.0 make any difference?

Thanks in advance for helping an audio n00b get into the world of Hi-Fi
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The ASUS Xonar Essence ST/X has a built in amp, good for most setups. You can find on newegg/amazon ~$200. Can setup is mostly preference at entry lvl setups($100-200).
 
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I already have a Xonar DX, and it sounds good, but I am looking for a Hi-Fi setup to listen to my CDs, and my growing FLAC collection, while I am still new to Hi-Fi, but I do want quality superior to what I have right now (Xonar DX > aiwa bookshelf stereo from goodwill)
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At that price range you could get a pretty solid external DAC/Amp that would suit you well. USB 3.0 makes no difference, audio is not close to filling the bandwith of even 2.0.

Have you listened to the 325s yet? It's kind of a love it or hate it headphone, known to be harsh and sibilant if you're sensitive to that kind of thing. But if you like the sound sig and are into rock, it's one of the best.
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I have not listened to them yet, but am looking for a place to do so . I do prefer Rock and Techno as well as some classical, and everything else is just ok, except for "urban" music, can't stand it.

Ive been researching, and found three DAC/amps i like

the first is the E-MU 0404, it looks good, but I want some opinions

the second is the ZERO 24 BIT/192KHz DAC and I found it at that review, I like this option a lot, yet cannot find a vendor who sells it who has a good customer satisfaction record

The third is the Beresford TC-7520 it looks good but is much more expensive, and if the quality gain is only marginal it might not be worth it

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I've heard the Grado's are good for classical, and stuff without a lot of bass. I personaly have noticed that Sennheiser's headphones have more bass than other brands.
    
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hmm more bass, if so are the 598's a good pick, and what is the quality difference between the 598's and 600's
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Quote:
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I've heard the Grado's are good for classical, and stuff without a lot of bass. I personaly have noticed that Sennheiser's headphones have more bass than other brands.
I don't think you have that right.

Grados are typically for rock and metal for the "in-your-face" experience.

Sennheisers are laid back with many of their headphones actually lacking bass but there are a few exceptions like the HD238 and the HD650.

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hmm more bass, if so are the 598's a good pick, and what is the quality difference between the 598's and 600's
The HD600 isn't even the same class as a HD598; they're FAR above it. Whereas the HD598 can be easily driven by a typical sound card, you can't do that with the HD600. The HD600 scales very well with better source equipment (see: external DACs) and good amplifiers (see: tube amplifier).
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Well you can do what I did and get Beyerdinamic DT88o/6oo ohms and couple that with Fiio E7/E9 combo...Fiio combo drives them easily and also you get a portable AMP/DAC for the music on the go...and I think it looks nice DT88o are amazing and really comfortable headphones...and I mean really...and the build quality is amazing too [khm khm Germans ]...For the leftover money you can get a nice pair od earbuds or uprade DT88o to something better
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well I like the E-7/9 looks really good, and if I were to get that combo, I would have enough for a pair of HD600's (it bogles my mind how they can be designated 2 apart and be so much different ) another advantage of this setup will be its portable

I do not yet want to get a tube amp as this is a stopgap measure until I graduate high school, and by then will have most likely inherited a $5000 ($36390.36 adjusted for inflation) vintage stereo cabinet that I have to refinish and have the tubes replaced and the drivers replaced/repaired.

Can somebody please give me advice on the DACs/amps I listed.

Thanks again everybody, +1 for those who were helpfull
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