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post #11 of 31
Get a set of Refurbed Audio Tecnica AD700's for $65... check the online deals thread. Best headset out there for that price... they are simply amazing.
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Get a set of Refurbed Audio Tecnica AD700's for $65... check the online deals thread. Best headset out there for that price... they are simply amazing.
I was seriously considering these, but then I saw a thread on here about someone receiving a pair that were unbalanced. if it comes down to getting a refurb set of Audio-Technicas or new JVC's... I might just go with new.

not to mention I have found some decent prices on new AT headphones on ebay:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/320773429844...84.m1423.l2649

granted, they are not top of the line, but that is still a great price for New in Box. I thought the specs for the AD500 and AD700 were not that far off too... but I could be way off because I dont know squat about audio.
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Xonar U3 (dolby headphone)
http://techreport.com/articles.x/21256/2

From this review it looks like the U3 was designed to improve notebook audio, but isn't as good as a desktop audio chipset.
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what exactly are the differences between a DAC and a usb sound card... or are they the same thing? one of the aspects of the Creative models that I liked is that I could leave my speakers plugged into the rear outputs all the time, and then just plug my headset in and out of the front when needed. I am not sure the Fiio has the same capabilities (dont know much about their technology)

the vinyl earpads of the Sennheiser make me think I am gonna be sweating , especially since they are closed back. I think maybe a pleather or velour solution might be better, just not sure how affordable it is going to be...
i sweat profusley, If im not wearing antipersperint i sweat just sitting down, and i have no problems with these cans, i wear them more than clothes
(they're comfy, light, durable,have great isolation, and are a bargain at $50, and im pretty sure you can get replacement pads but dont quote me on that)

the fiio is a great little box, its both a DAC, medium strength amp (perfect for these cans), and portable headphone amp, its battery is rated for like 80+ hours too. when it is plugged in to the USB it overides the onboard but if you want your speakers to work from the rear jacks then just unplug the usb from the e7, now with the e9 this thing is a monster but that is way out of your budget , also, the e7 has two headphone outs for sharing music or plugging in powered speakers, however amping something twice is not usually a good idea

the e-7 also gives a great upgrade path, throw in a cable and your ipod sounds much better portable, get the e9 and you can drive crazy impedance cans, get the A1 amp and hook up to the line out of the e7 on either the e9 or a separate cable and drive good speakers, or pair it with other amps to use its incredible dac power, I highly recommend it
Edited by rdrdrdrd - 10/21/11 at 8:31pm
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post #15 of 31
Get Creative X-FI HD + Koss ProtaPros. Very nice budget combo. Also, watch out for Black Friday deals. I picked a set of Sennheiser HD555s for $88 shipped last year.
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based on my funds... I am going to piece this setup together piece by piece over the next week. I have some auctions on ebay I am waiting to close and have a birthday giftcard from good ole mom coming next week (if she can manage to not screw that up, she asked "what's a new egg?")

so today it looks like I am gonna drop some bills on the JVC HA-RX900's from Newegg. with the new customer coupon code, i can get them for $47.99 with free shipping and no tax. I have researched a lot of recommendations and it is hard to match their performance for that price. plus the more I read, the more it sounds like my music tastes match them better than any audio-technicas.

next up will be the sound card, keep you all posted and thanks for the info. +Rep all.
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I've been using USB X-Fi Surround 5.1 for 4 years now and it is still top notch running in Windows 7 with all the functionality + gaming Alchemy support.
 
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post #18 of 31
For your music tastes I would not recommend an Audio-Technica or a Sennheiser
Senns are 'laid-back' or as I like to put it boring sounding, they take the edge out of metal
and Audio-Technica's AD series has no bass at all, and again doesn't work for metal, it sounds congested as if it can't handle all thats going on at once.
I would try and get an Ultrasone or Denon headphone. Both of those brands are known for their good bass and are good for metal. Ultrasone I can confirm myself, the Denons I've seen recommended a lot.

I've owned and sold/returned Senn HD598s, Grado SR-80i, ATH AD900, and ATH A900.
And I currently have Ultrasone 2900s.
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post #19 of 31
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I've been using USB X-Fi Surround 5.1 for 4 years now and it is still top notch running in Windows 7 with all the functionality + gaming Alchemy support.
thanks for the tip, I have been looking back and forth between the X-fi and the HD for differences and what will suit my needs better. HD seems like it might be the better fit for 2.1 sound, but I read that the headphone volume can be lacking. how is the X-Fi for that?
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For your music tastes I would not recommend an Audio-Technica or a Sennheiser
Senns are 'laid-back' or as I like to put it boring sounding, they take the edge out of metal
and Audio-Technica's AD series has no bass at all, and again doesn't work for metal, it sounds congested as if it can't handle all thats going on at once.
I would try and get an Ultrasone or Denon headphone. Both of those brands are known for their good bass and are good for metal. Ultrasone I can confirm myself, the Denons I've seen recommended a lot.

I've owned and sold/returned Senn HD598s, Grado SR-80i, ATH AD900, and ATH A900.
And I currently have Ultrasone 2900s.
appreciated and I really liked the ultrasone Pro 550's, but they are way out of my price range.
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