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I currently have the MDR-7506 headphones, and I am planning to get some HD5XX headphones this summer. I want to listen on different audio sources, so what should I get to have optimal quality?

Some recommendations for headphones would also be nice. Also, what are some good closed headphones under $150?
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A good sound card for a more entry level set of headphones $50-200 would be the xonar d1/dx. They sound awesome for the price you pay.

If you are looking for a good closed set of cans for music, look no further than the audio technica m50's. Keep in mind though that these headphones are not that great for gaming. If your looking for a more gaming oriented set of cans, then get the audio technica ad700's. With your budget, it is pretty hard to find a headphone that will satisfy both music and gaming, but I personally love my ad700's for music as well as gaming.
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I currently have the MDR-7506 headphones, and I am planning to get some HD5XX headphones this summer. I want to listen on different audio sources, so what should I get to have optimal quality?

Some recommendations for headphones would also be nice. Also, what are some good closed headphones under $150?
For 150 you have the Ultrasone Pro 550s. Those should beat out the M50s easily.

For an external DAC and because you didn't state it's budget, I'm going to offer the Aune Mini MK2 external USB DAC for 140.

But the Xonar DX will also be a nice choice if you want to spend significantly less. Set a budget for the DAC and I can help you better.
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music taste? any fps gaming involved? portable only / at home only / both?
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Since there is no budget set for the DAC, I can't really give a recommendation.

As for headphones <150, you can try to grab a pair of Sennheiser HD 25 cheap on http://cgi.ebay.com/Sennheiser-HD-25-1-ii-Studio-Headphones-Dropship-List-/170639917668?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_2&hash=item27baee8264#ht_2395wt_1424
Don't know if it's a counterfeit.
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Sorry about not stating that, DAC/Soundcard budget is $100-200.
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If you're main focus is music, I would look at the Asus line of soundcards. The Xonar Essence STX has a built in headphone amp and a very good DAC. It's tough to find many comparable external solutions that provide the same performance.

This is the external I use: http://www.mav-audio.com/base/product/tube_magic_d1
It's priced at $200 and includes a solid amp/dac (xonars DAC section wins though). Where it really shines is as a DAC/preamp for a speaker setup. There are two sets of preouts - one uses a tube design and the other is solid state. Also has inputs for optical,USB, and coax as well as analog input for a turntable.

Either way I think you'll be quite happy, just have to decide what features are most important to you.
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