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List of what I currently have:

Home theater:

Receiver - Onkyo HT-Rc270
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882120154

Floorstand - Polk Audio Monitor 70 x2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882290208

Bookshelf - Polk Audio Monitor 40 x2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882290202

Center - Polk Audio CS1 Series II
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882290210

Subwoofer - Polk Audio PSW505
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882290130

Satellite - Never got around to picking these up since I wasn't sure which ones were good.

Headphones - Corsair headsets and Audio Technica ATH-Ad700

Dilemma; I never got a feel to my audio system being as crystal clear as I like it to, though I admit I'm nowhere close to your amateur audiophile I do fancy music at the highest quality.

I generally buy CD's and then grab rip them to FLAC's and play them on foobar so at best I'm not your idiot who downloads off itunes and wonder why quality blows.

I've had my earphones/HT system for close to a year now so hopefully it has burnt in but I'm honestly not feeling it because either my choice for hardware blows or just incompatibility/settings I'm lacking knowledge to configure.

If there is something I am missing or not understanding I'd gladly accept some criticism and hopefully advice on what my next step is. I do above average research on what I buy before I buy but still cannot be compared to an enthusiast's wisdom.

I'm looking to spend roughly $500 on upgrading my surround if need be but spending less is always favorable.

Headphone wise I'd like something with-again crystal clear audio and of course good bass for a bit of techno/dubstep and looking to spend $300 but hopefully it's a good upgrade from what I have, AD700. I'll say these are amazing headphones but I'm hopeful spending a little will get my superior quality. I currently use Xonar DX audio card.

I look forward to any productive input and always interested in some food for thought.
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My first tought to this: The ATH-AD700 is an open headphone. Open headphones provide better sound quality, wider sound stage, but lack of REALLY deep bass. So they are not the best choice, if you are listening to house/techno music. You should try something closed.

Btw, i also have open headphone, a HD555. This is really amazing. Imho the 555 and the 595 are the worlds most comfortable headphones, because they fit around the ear, and have soft padding. They dont leak to much sound, so i can also enjoy electronic music bass, but still, these open ones are not meant for deep basses. But i would never trade wearing comfort for that
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When you get it all hooked up, use the Audyssey microphone to get a base setting for your room eq, then tweak. That setup should sound great for under $500. Wish I could help on the phones..
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When you get it all hooked up, use the Audyssey microphone to get a base setting for your room eq, then tweak. That setup should sound great for under $500. Wish I could help on the phones..
Tried using the mic to get a base setting and now I'm trying to figure out how to get my original settings back >.<
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Not knowing much about hifi speakers yet, I can only recommend a killer can setup of HD650 and Fiio E7/9 (~$575 without shipping) , this will give a quality you just ca't get with speakers for the same price, as for speakers I honestly have no clue
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