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Hey everyone,

I'm interested in picking up a good set of headphones and a sound card for my computer. I mainly listen to rock/metal, but I don't want to sacrifice sound when it comes to gaming either.
I've read through this thread more times than I can count, but I'm still a bit unsure of what I want. My budget is less than $200. The lower, the better.

Headphones I'm interested in are the Sennheiser HD555s and the JVC RX700s.
From what I understand, the HD555s aren't great for metal, but are great for gaming. I've also heard that they're extremely comfortable, and that's a huge plus! They're also pretty cool looking.
The RX700s on the other hand, are much cheaper than the HD555s and are recommend for both gaming and rock/metal music. However, I have heard that they can be pretty uncomfortable, and that's never good. They also aren't the coolest pair of headphones in the world, though that doesn't really matter too much.
I am, of course, open to other headphone suggestions. Audio Technica AD700s are kind of off my radar though, because I wouldn't hear the end of it if I got purple headphones.

When it comes to the sound card, I'm not really sure what I'm looking for. The Asus Xonar DG seems nice, but I'm willing to spend a bit more for a more noticeable improvement over my integrated audio. Then again, anything would be an improvement since I'm getting horrible feedback from my integrated audio.

Thanks for reading guys, and I look forward to your suggestions.
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Originally Posted by VanillaCena View Post
Hey everyone,

I'm interested in picking up a good set of headphones and a sound card for my computer. I mainly listen to rock/metal, but I don't want to sacrifice sound when it comes to gaming either.
I've read through this thread more times than I can count, but I'm still a bit unsure of what I want. My budget is less than $200. The lower, the better.

Headphones I'm interested in are the Sennheiser HD555s and the JVC RX700s.
From what I understand, the HD555s aren't great for metal, but are great for gaming. I've also heard that they're extremely comfortable, and that's a huge plus! They're also pretty cool looking.
The RX700s on the other hand, are much cheaper than the HD555s and are recommend for both gaming and rock/metal music. However, I have heard that they can be pretty uncomfortable, and that's never good. They also aren't the coolest pair of headphones in the world, though that doesn't really matter too much.
I am, of course, open to other headphone suggestions. Audio Technica AD700s are kind of off my radar though, because I wouldn't hear the end of it if I got purple headphones.

When it comes to the sound card, I'm not really sure what I'm looking for. The Asus Xonar DG seems nice, but I'm willing to spend a bit more for a more noticeable improvement over my integrated audio. Then again, anything would be an improvement since I'm getting horrible feedback from my integrated audio.

Thanks for reading guys, and I look forward to your suggestions.
my rx 700s sound amazing and are comfortable, I even did 2mods to them
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my rx 700s sound amazing and are comfortable, I even did 2mods to them
Which mods did you do?
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If this has any worth to you as I have no personal experience yet........

I recently just bought a Asus Xonar DG(didn't receive it yet) and the JVC Harx 700 as after researching it for a long while, it was the best bang for the buck combo you could get.

The Xonar DG is a great card for headphones, from what I read much better than onboard sound, sounds the same as the more expensive DS, and not that much different(sound wise) from the DX from what I hear. The only thing is it lacks some features which I don't know because I don't really care. It does however have a small built in amp and dolby headphone.

The Harx700 on the other hand sound better than the more expensive Harx900 according to most people, has pretty balanced sound, and can be modded to sound even better. Simple mods like removing a felt ring, and adding foam to the earcups.
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If this has any worth to you as I have no personal experience yet........

I recently just bought a Asus Xonar DG(didn't receive it yet) and the JVC Harx 700 as after researching it for a long while, it was the best bang for the buck combo you could get.

The Xonar DG is a great card for headphones, from what I read much better than onboard sound, sounds the same as the more expensive DS, and not that much different(sound wise) from the DX from what I hear. The only thing is it lacks some features which I don't know because I don't really care. It does however have a small built in amp and dolby headphone.

The Harx700 on the other hand sound better than the more expensive Harx900 according to most people, has pretty balanced sound, and can be modded to sound even better. Simple mods like removing a felt ring, and adding foam to the earcups.
Good to see someone on OCN in the same boat as I am! That's actually the exact combo I was going to go for. But I'm having second thoughts...

I'm not sure if it's even worth buying a sound card if I'm going with the JVC headphones. Is it really worth taking up a PCI slot? Does the headphone amp actually help? I'm starting to think my motherboard's onboard audio will be enough...
I noticed that I'm having the feedback problem even when plugging my current headphones into my Logitech G510's headphone slot, so I'm not too sure a dedicated card would even fix that issue anyway.
Edited by VanillaCena - 5/28/11 at 11:50pm
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I'm in the same position with you and Lettuceman, I also went with the Xonar DG but bought the Superlux HD668B from greenflymusicsupply (was the cheapest I could find). I would have probably gone with the RX700s if couldn't find the Superlux's, but heard such raving reviews about it over on head-fi. Anyhoo, anything would be better than my onboard which hisses and screeches whenever headphones are plugged in and no music is playing. I thought it was the infamous groundloop on my Antec 300 but when I took it apart, it looks like I have a revised model that was fixed *sigh*. Really, really, REALLY, hoping getting a soundcard fixes my issue or I'll just bang my head against my table.

I do mostly music listening and video watching but I play BC2 (war tapes on) and L4D2 fairly often, supposedly the Xonar DG isn't so hot for gaming but it honestly couldn't be worse than my onboard. Mind you I used to be an onboard is fine type of guy, I'll let you know in a couple weeks if that's true or not. Might as well give it a shot, you'll get the largest improvements on the low end rather than the high end.
Edited by myuu - 5/29/11 at 7:27am
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post #7 of 26
for all people asking about a sound card the answer is YES it is worth it
And talking here about the Xonar DG this card is amazing for the price , high quality sound , stable drivers and software , and over that a built-in headphone amp a thing that helps with any headsets to be used
If you have more money to spend i recommemd the Xonar DX for people who likes music alot(dosent mean that it sucks in gaming , but some people complained about its on BC2)
If you are more into gaming then in the same price as the DX you can get the X-Fi titanium
    
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I've yet to have had the privilege of using a sound card just yet, but I can promise you it is definitely worth the upgrade. On board audio is just horrifying compared to sound cards. Even cheap sound cards from asus like the DG, just like some one here already recommended. The difference is really like night and day. Pick up a sound card and listen to it for 2 or 3 days and then see if you can with stand on board audio

I've heard the same as you have on those head phones, RX700's are uncomfortable from what I've heard, and Senn's are not good for metal compared to how well they can play other forms of music, like classical, but still offer incredible audio of course. I'd like to recommend to you the AD700's non-purple and closed back counterpart, the A700. Little pricier, but beautiful audio quality and the closed back design helps with the bass and gaming audio. And it's not purple Also, the AD700's are known for extreme comfort, and the A700's are the exact same shape and will most likely provide the same comfort.

I will be honest and add though, I sadly have yet to have a first hand experience with these head sets, I will soon with the A700's though!

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Actually from lurking on the hi fi forums, the [H]ard forums, and OCN, it seems that the Harx700 are some of the best budget headphones you can get, and are in fact actually pretty good.
Here is a large thread on the [H] forums. http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1353088

As far as comfort is concerned, I heard that it doesn't bother some people, but others have said they don't like it. I do know that putting some foam in the earcups not only improves comfort, but improves the soundstage and bass as well because it isn't as close to your ear.
Edited by Lettuceman - 5/29/11 at 1:11pm
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You've got it backwards OP. you will see more improvement from headphones than a sound card. You should stick with the DG and spend the remaining on headphones.
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