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The amp will only amplify the signal, however good or bad, from the source (soundcard). Also if the speakers are active, the source is more important.
Yes but you will not notice the better signal quality without a good amp and speaker combo or as you said good active speakers. Low quality amps tend to hiss and have channel bleeding so even a good signal gets contaminated and hence no improvement.
    
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post #22 of 26
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Kind of changed my mind now, looking more for a good set of headphones for $100-150 with a decent mobile amp that isn't usb. I'm talking more along the lines of being able to hook it up to my MP3 player or phone mobile. In all looking to spend around $175-200. Sound card is gonna wait until I can get new speakers first.

Was looking at this one



I haven't messed around in this field at all really, so any advice is extremely helpful. Used to just using my cabinets in my living room for music. Looking for a more on the go and home use set of headphones now. I'm not sure of the difference between close ended and open other than open is meant for home use as it allows more sound in/out and allows for higher vibration of sound so mids and highs are better.

Keep in mind these are for music only.
60% Metal / Rock
40% Techno / Dubstep
    
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post #23 of 26
You should look into Closed back Sennheisers in that price range. Closed back headphones usually have better sound quality and muffle the outside noise but they are big and clunky to walk around wit so not the best choice for mobile use. So the first thing you need to decide is what type off headphones you want.
    
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post #24 of 26
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Yea I'm liking the size of some Akg and Audio Technica's honestly, not a huge fan of the large Sennheiser phones. Some of the others I am looking at are large to an extent, but the Sennheiser's just look very clunky for some reason. But to my knowledge Technica's don't have good base around that range and are usually only good for games from what I have read.
    
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post #25 of 26
Although some brands do have a 'stock sound', Audio Technica's model range is all over the place for sound signature. You really can't blanket headphone brand sin terms of how they sound.

Sorry, it's not totally clear, what's your total budget for everything?
Is the headphones being able to fold essential of a mere bonus?
post #26 of 26
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I'm trying to keep it around the $200 range for the headphones and the mobile amp to go with it. I know I can't really single out a brand, just giving my opinion on what I have seen.

I would still like to find some headphones around that have some good bass around the price range and have some comfort to go with it. Being able to fold is a bonus honestly, although it would be nice.
    
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