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So I just recently built my first computer ever about a month ago and I have slowly been upgrading it since. Now it is time to upgrade it's sound.

I have done some research I would like to get a "decent" set of headphones, sound card, and a mic to attach to the headset.

Lets start off with a sound card.

Here are a few I have been eyeballing (noticed they are all similar in price range).

ASUS XONAR_DG 5.1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829132020
This seems to be the best deal since it's only $13 after the MIR.

ASUS Xonar 7.1 DS & DX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829132013
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829132006
Not sure if I necessarily need a 7.1 but I don't know if it will sound better than the DG. Also which out of these 2 is better and why?

Creative Sound Blaster Audigy SE 7.1
Seems to have good reviews lol.

Next are the headphones.

I've seen many people recommending the JVC RX-700 and the RX-900. I don't know which is better, I'm assuming the RX-900 would be better since it's a higher model than the RX-700 but everyone seems to prefer the RX-700. And I don't really understand why.

I don't necessarily need to get one of those JVC headphones, I'm open the recommendations. A down side to those headphones for me is that they are huge!

And now the mic.

Everyone seems to recommend that ZALMAN clip on mic but I don't like the idea that it's a clip on mic. I would prefer the traditional style mic on regular headsets.

Edit: For the headphones price range, I'm going to say around $60ish, more if it's absolutely worth it but just like everyone else, saving money is always a plus. I guess you could say I'm looking for "the best bang for you buck" headphones.

As for what I will be using the headphones for, everything. 50% gaming 50% music.

And when it comes to my taste in music, it's pretty diverse. But for the most part I listen to electro, dubstep, trance, house, indie, power pop, pop punk, alternative, and hip-hop.
Edited by wompwomp - 8/19/11 at 12:35am
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(This is what I believe, feel free to correct me if I am wrong) Xonar is better for music, while Creative is better for games. To be fair though, they aren't that different in performance, it's just that Creative is made with gaming in mind. In order to recommend headphones I will need to know what their primary usage will be and, if it's music, what types you listen to. Also, I will be needing a price range.
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If you are throwing down some money on a sound card, you want to get some better phones then those JVCs. Don't get me wrong, they are pretty good, but better can be had.
What are your listening habits, mostly gaming? You like Dubstep? Budget? etc
Just blindly recommending, I have the ad700's great phones for a pretty cheap price (80-90 bux). They are open so they have a wide soundstage and are great for that surround sound feel. Cause they are open, that also means that they have sound leak, and don't have a real strong bass.
If you like a little more bass you can grab the M50's, they are a little more expensive (about 150 bux). They are closed, and have more of that bass punch.


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(This is what I believe, feel free to correct me if I am wrong) Xonar is better for music, while Creative is better for games. To be fair though, they aren't that different in performance, it's just that Creative is made with gaming in mind. In order to recommend headphones I will need to know what their primary usage will be and, if it's music, what types you listen to. Also, I will be needing a price range.
This is true for the most part, Xonar is the better card overall but lacks the great 3d positioning that creative brings to the table.
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I love my headphones just get a mic clip. dt770 250ohms mite want the 80 ohms i not pushing with amp
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Budget? For an audiophile rigid get a USB DAC and amp and a good set of cans, all depends on the budget
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Updated.

Which Xonar card would you guys recommend?
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headphone with mic are crap, why get a good sound card if the cans are crap. Like having a 580gtx but playing @ 1024-768. m50? i think its called are good cans for the price.
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This card, unless you will be running 7.1. There are a lot of decent sub $60 headphones, although I must admit I do not know which one will suit your needs best.
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headphone with mic are crap, why get a good sound card if the cans are crap. Like having a 580gtx but playing @ 1024-768. m50? i think its called are good cans for the price.
What? I know that, I think you misunderstood me, I want to get good cans and attach a mic to it but I don't really like the ZALMAN mic because of its clip on style. I would prefer to attach a mic on the side of the headset that sticks out like how the regular all-in-one headsets have them.
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If you must....

. If you go this route, you should just get a cheap Creative sound card just for the gaming advantage. These headphones will not be good for music.
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