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You didn't pay over $200, did you?

Nope, $168 from electronics expo. smile.gif
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post #422 of 5049
I'm putting in place a warning on the Titanium HD as having a reputation of dying. If these events continue to arise I will have to pull the TiHd from the recommended list. It was the reason I do not recommend Auzentech sound cards anymore. I'm starting to think it has something to do with the X-Fi chip. It's the only similarity I see between Auzentech and Creative. Asus cards don't seem to have ever run into any issues like this.

For those that aren't aware, Ti-HD's have been reported as being unable to be recognized by the system after about a year of usage. This renders the card useless.
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simca i asked about the SOL tracks HD that retail for 130 but im getting them for 75 do u think this is the best option for bass heavy music and clear electric music production? should i be going for something better at that price point ?
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simca i asked about the SOL tracks HD that retail for 130 but im getting them for 75 do u think this is the best option for bass heavy music and clear electric music production? should i be going for something better at that price point ?

You can find a LOT better headphones than the SOL Tracks HD for the price. The only thing that really makes these stand out is the bass. Other bassy headphones are superior to this headphone in many ways though. For you, the better buy would probably be Sony XB-700s if you're into bass heavy music.

If you've got more to spend the Ultrasone line up is the way to go.

If you want more information on the SOL Tracks HD, contact EpicPie. I believe he has them or at least had them at one point. Pretty sure he'll tell you better can be found for the price.
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post #425 of 5049
Looking for some new headphones to upgrade from a half broken, small headset

1) Budget : £70

2) Mainly rock, some indie, pop, techno, dnb, metal. (Mainly bands like foo fighters, nirvana, Travis, Coldplay, coheed and cambria, Go west, Hall & Oates, Crowded house)

3) Comfort is a big thing for me. Although I will be gaming with them, it's going to be 90% music, 5% Movies and 5% gaming

4) Was looking to get a Xonar DG

5) UK, only site I was looking at was amazon.co.uk

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post #426 of 5049
Figure I'd ask here:

-Got a pair of Ultrasone PRO 550s, loving them to death. Also got a FiiO E6. Have used it on my computer and realized that I need a dedicated amp for my pc use.
-Usage: 65% music, 35% game (usually kill game audio during non-crucial parts)

So what I'd like to know is what sort of setup would everyone suggest? I am not sure if I should get a soundcard + amp + dac (?)...which do i need most? I would like something on my desk so I can show it off redface.gif . Mainly want to make sure I am getting the most out of the headphones. Something like the E9/E7 combo looks fairly decent, but I am not sure if I need a DAC, or would getting a soundcard solve that issue? Not having an internal card would leave me room to SLI my gpu later down the road (not my current cards, gene board is small).

So yea.....halp biggrin.gif!
post #427 of 5049
Ditch the amp, you don't need it. Get yourself a nice sound card. I suggest a Xonar DX if you're not looking to spend too much.

If you don't want the internal solution, grab a Fiio e10 as that's nice and cheap (even comes with an ok amp for your Ultrasones). If you want to hit up an external DAC around 100, the Zero DAC is a good place to look.
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post #428 of 5049
Simca - first many thanks bro. Your recommendation of the PRO 550s def proved right! Many +Rep if I could, you really know your stuff.

Can I get some insight to your aversion to an amp?

As for the soundcard/DAC solution, is one better than the other?

After reading the preview for the E17 (off headfonia), would you suggest it over the E10?
post #429 of 5049
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Simca - first many thanks bro. Your recommendation of the PRO 550s def proved right! Many +Rep if I could, you really know your stuff.

Can I get some insight to your aversion to an amp?

As for the soundcard/DAC solution, is one better than the other?

After reading the preview for the E17 (off headfonia), would you suggest it over the E10?

I actually know nothing about the E17.

People new to audio think they should buy an amp and that it'll give them better SQ. That's not true for most headphones. The best reason to buy an amp is if you're having a hard time hearing the music because the ohms on your headphone are too high (not the case on the Pro 550s). The 2nd reason you would buy a headphone is because they need to be driven in order to get the headphone to respond the way they were meant to. Sometimes an amp will help fix sloppy bass, may help to clear up mids under certain circumstances and may help to avert shrilly highs.

Not all headphones respond this way to an amp. In some headphones will you see absolutely no improvement. The Pro 550 is one of those headphones that don't need an amp and don't benefit from it. There are certain headphones that respond well to a headphone amp that don't actually need volume increase. The HD515 is a good example. The Denon D2000 can be driven on onboard for many people, but with the right type of amplifier, it will improve the mids, discipline the bass and have other positive effects.

On some headphones the amp is said to even increase sound stage. I've never personally heard a sound stage increase in a headphone, but I also don't doubt it's possible.
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dude, thank for the thread, i purchased Xonar DX and Ad700 for gaming and movies, well I gotta say I kinda satisfied. However, I'm using the 2.1 insignia speakers and well it performs well enough but I don't know if it's worth to upgrade to Klipsh Promedia. I'm afraid my ears is not that sensitive. BTW Logitech X540s isn't around 40 bucks anymore, its kinda more than 100 bucks already here in US.
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