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I have some money and want to upgrade my sound.

I currently have the regular on board graphics card and ATH-AD-700s.

I will be selling my 700s and was looking at the ATH-M50s, to be quite honest I just hate the look of the ATH-AD700s. But being that I am completely and utterly a noob I thought I would ask OCN. I have 200 to spend, on top of the selling of the 700s.


Thanks guys.


*UPDATE:*
-Thinking ATH-M50s (How is the base?)
-270-290 overall budget for sound card and Headphones.
-145-175 Left after headphones. (125 dollars)
-Looking at the Sonar Essense ST and STX. Do these really change the way I will hear music? *Not an audiophile, obviously*
Edited by Live_free - 5/5/11 at 10:20pm
post #2 of 29
Is this for gaming or for music? If it's for music, then the Xonar STX would be good. If it's for gaming, then try the Xonar D2X or the Xonar Xense. I've also heard good things about the X-fi titanuim.
    
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Get the TubeMagic D1. I think for a flat 200, it will be hard to beat.
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The Xonar Essence ST or STX (get the ST if you have the slot for it) are pretty awesome.
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Actually, a STX or ST will work better in this case, as the ATHs are relatively easy to drive. Better DAC> Better amp in this case, although you will be hard pressed to tell the difference.
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post #6 of 29
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Thanks guys. Now what about headphones? Are the ATH-M50s a noticeable difference over my current headphones? It should be noted the budget for 200 is for both the headphones and sound card. Well more so around 270-290. The headphones being 125 leaves around 145-175 for the sound card. That ST looks great but is expensive as hell, would the gain be huge?
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what kind of music do you listen to? or is it more for gaming
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This will be more for music and gaming. I like some base and want some grunt in my headphones, but like nice highs and love music from artists like Lennon, although I like newer music as well.



UPDATED OP WITH MAIN INFO I NEED HELP ON.
Edited by Live_free - 5/5/11 at 10:21pm
post #9 of 29
With 290 as the figure, I think you'd be best off buying a Musiland Monitor 02 USB DAC for 120, then having 170 dollars for headphones.

What are you trying to do with these headphones? Game, Listen to music? What kind of music do you listen to? How much bass do you want in them?

I would try to find used Denon D2000s or DT770 Pro 80ohms. You should be able to find those for under 2000.

If you're into metal you should look at the Grado 225is.

IMO, even if you were looking for something like the M50s, you could find better for your budget. Even Ultrasone Pro 550s would be a better choice and those can be had for 152.
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Maybe a bit out of budget, but I've heard that the HD600s do well with the highs and have bit more bass than usualy headphones, but I've never tried them.
    
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