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I told my friend that I wanted some good headphones for around $100, and he recommended these: http://www.turtlebeach.com/products/...force-z6a.aspx

I saw the connections, and wanted to know what sound card I should get for these. I'm mainly looking for $150 or less. Thanks all.
    
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You obviously haven't read the stickies

One of the first rules of computer audio is that anything "gaming" is overpriced and underperforms. Second rule: "surround sound" headphones suck. Period. It's a gimmick. You will get no better positional audio from a simple 2 channel quality headphones than the "fancy" surround sound headphones.

For $100, you can get a set of headphones and a clip-on mic that perform far better than that TB headset could ever dream of performing.

For example: The Grado SR 60i are some of the best sub-100 headphones around. They have a fantastic acoustic signature, excellent sound stage for gaming, and don't over-power with bass.



Pair that with the highly recommended Zalman clip-on mic:


Now you have a headset that won't pick up breathing and will get you audio worth $100.

As far as soundcards go, you can't go wrong with the simple Xonar:


If you want something more potent (which you won't need with the Grados, since they are low impedance), you could get the Titanium HD:


However, there are mixed feelings about Creative Products because of their wishy-washy drivers.
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Uh, the SR-60 has a really isn't gaming worthy by any means. The soundstage is really narrow.

I don't have a wide experience with headphones as I've tried very few but I do own the MS-1 and it's similar to the SR60 and SR80. They have such a small sound stage and it's crappy for gaming.
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Uh, the SR-60 has a really isn't gaming worthy by any means. The soundstage is really narrow.

I don't have a wide experience with headphones as I've tried very few but I do own the MS-1 and it's similar to the SR60 and SR80. They have such a small sound stage and it's crappy for gaming.
I would disagree. Having owned both the Grados and the MS-1, I promptly switched back to the Grados for that very reason. The sound in the MS-1 is much richer, but for whatever reason, the soundstage is completely gone. I think it has something to do with the larger Alessandro driver design, necessitating the driver be placed closer to the ear.

Nevertheless, the TB headset has even less sound stage.

If you are particularly concerned with soundstage, then I'd look at Sennhieser products. If you are willing to go slightly over $100 for the headphone/mic combination, the HD518 will do you well:

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