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$200 budget, Headphones first or soundcard?

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90% gaming 10% Other. I have the factory CHIII supreme fx soundcard already (it's not that great).

So what should I get first? headphones or a better soundcard, and what's the best for this price range for strictly gaming!
post #2 of 13
For gaming though head phones, i would say get a nice pair of head phones first. If they still dont sound good enough you could always drop in a sound card then.
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Headphones first. If the sound is still awful, then a sound card. ATH-AD700's, will fit your gaming needs quite well with the big soundstage.

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Headphones, definitely headphones. No point in having a good soundcard without a good enough speaker/headphone to take advantage of it.
    
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Seems like everyone recommends the ad700s. I suppose I'll give them a whirl. If I don't like... Well thank god for amazon
post #6 of 13
I agree the AD700's are good for gaming but I think if you were going to do more music listening there are better choices.
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post #7 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by rocklobsta1109 View Post
I agree the AD700's are good for gaming but I think if you were going to do more music listening there are better choices.
They're fine for me even to listen music.
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post #8 of 13
If you want some decent bass you should check out the Beyerdynamic DT770s, Ultrasone HFI-580s/Pro 550s, or the Audio Technica ATH-A900s. The AD700s do not have much bass at all but they have an excellent sound stage.
post #9 of 13
It's never as simple as just getting a headphone for a purpose because even in gaming, there a different types of gamers: those that do it purely for the positioning and tactical advantage and those that actually want to be immersed. Then there are also the ones in between.

If you're in between, you should consider a closed headphone because the AD700 is so lackluster when it comes to bass that the immersion part almost gets forgotten.
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post #10 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by adridu59 View Post
They're fine for me even to listen music.
True I'm certainly not saying they are bad for music, but I guess it just depends on what style you prefer.
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