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Thanks for all the help! I just purchased the AD700 on eBay for $74 + shipping!
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You got ripped off.
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What do you mean?
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Surprised audiophiles are recommending USB headsets here...

USB headsets have their own DACs on them. They bypass your sound card. You can't do anything to make those sound good if you don't like the sound. Terrible, terrible suggestion in my opinion.

Sloppyjoe has the right idea. AD700 and a Xonar DG would be the best solution I can recommend to getting your feet wet into audiophile territory.

Audio-Technica ATH-AD700


Asus Xonar DG

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What do you mean?
You didn't get "ripped off". Paid a bit more than the normal used street prices, but as long as it's in great condition I wouldn't fret.
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What do you mean?
cuad is of the opinion that the AD700 is an unexciting, unworthy headphone. I'm going to agree with the unexciting portion due to its lack of bass but it's still decent for gaming.
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post #16 of 25
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@Inverse
I actually have a laptop, so buying the Xonar DG sound card won't work. Is there any way I can get a good sound card for my laptop?

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@Inverse
I actually have a laptop, so buying the Xonar DG sound card won't work. Is there any way I can get a good sound card for my laptop?

Thanks
Absolutely, you can buy a little USB DAC. The FiiO E7 is popular and reasonably priced. It's portable so you can use it with your desktop, with your laptop or other portable music player. Plus you can use it with the FiiO E9 or E11 amp and be set for life.

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Surprised audiophiles are recommending USB headsets here...
nope. no audiophiles here. just a bunch of noobs who repeat what simca tells them and then run off to head-fi to learn all about "burn in". lol.
Edited by cuad - 10/28/11 at 3:32pm
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Absolutely, you can buy a little USB DAC. The FiiO E7 is popular and reasonably priced. It's portable so you can use it with your desktop, with your laptop or other portable music player. Plus you can use it with the FiiO E9 or E11 amp and be set for life.


nope. no audiophiles here. just a bunch of noobs repeating what simca says.

First paragraph is great advice, sadly ruined by the fact cuad can not, for the life of him, seem to post anything on this forum without being a troll for some reason. Is it like some kind of forum tourettes? Is it possible for you to be helpful without insulting everyone on the board? Can you do that? It's okay you know. Totally acceptable.
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What do you mean?
What would you recommend instead of the AD700's?
    
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First paragraph is great advice, sadly ruined by the fact cuad can not, for the life of him, seem to post anything on this forum without being a troll for some reason. Is it like some kind of forum tourettes? Is it possible for you to be helpful without insulting everyone on the board? Can you do that? It's okay you know. Totally acceptable.
The sad part is he thinks the Fiio E7 sounds better than a high end sound card.

While he's right in this scenario, that a Fiio e7 would be more appropriate than using a USB headset or the onboard sound on their laptop, there are much better buys for USB DACs if the laptop owner doesn't need it to be portable.

As for audiophilia, I'm not sure anyone that respects audio would knowingly offer a USB headset as appropriate advice unless the OP simply could NOT pay for a sound card and their onboard was atrocious (that is to say the USB DAC would have a better DAC than their on board).
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