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Hey guys, I was wondering if you could suggest some entry level audophile headphones and a sound card. I'm willing to spend 500-600 for both.

Right now I'm using on board on the Asus Maximus IV Extreme-Z and a pair of skull candy aviators D:
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Explain what types of music you like. What you're going to do with the headphones (music, gaming etc). Explain what you're looking for in the headphone. Explain what you're looking for from the sound card.

600 will get you a mid-to-high end set up.
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Explain what types of music you like. What you're going to do with the headphones (music, gaming etc). Explain what you're looking for in the headphone. Explain what you're looking for from the sound card.

600 will get you a mid-to-high end set up.
Music mainly and very little gaming, hip hop, trance, rock, country. For instance, if I'm listening to something on a playlist it will be some gangster rap followed by some Taylor Swift and then some KPOP.

I'm looking for sound that is better than my on board audio. Where when I first listen to it I'm like "Wow, what a difference!". Headphones I'm looking for mainly performance but then comfort. It's my understanding you need a good sound card to pair with a good pair of headphones? Or could I just have some awesome headphones and an amp? I've been doing some reading on here but it's all pretty confusing cause I've always used onboard audio.
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As stated above, 500 - 600 will get you a good deal more than entry level

If you want an audio interface, my advise would be...

Firewire: M-Audio ProFire 610

USB 2: Focusrite Scarlett

Headphones: AKG K240MKII
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Couple of ideas:

1) Fostex T50RPs Modified - 75+ materials.
2) Very nice and expensive DAC/AMP such as a Yulong D100 (or better, but you're gonna' have to troll Head-Fi for better DAC/AMPs than that).

Idea 2:

1)Ultrasone DT880
2)250 dollar or so DAC/AMP (Yulong u100, Audio GD NFB-12 or others, trolling head-fi would be good as well for more info on DACs)

Both headphones will need an amp. Both headphonse sound great. Both headphones are all arounders. Why would I offer you 75 dollar headphones though compared to a 250+ headphone I offered second? It's not because of the enormous clarity you're going to receive from a 525 dollar DAC/AMP (and you're almost in Benchmark DAC1 territory here), but rather because the T50RP uses a different type of driver than normal headphones. It uses one similar to that in the Audeze LCD-2. It's a very clear, very powerful headphone that sounds better than an HD650.

It will have less bass than the DT880, but it still will have some bass presence. It's a very nice headphone to have. I'd say it's even better than the DT880 in terms of overall quality and clarity. It's inferior in terms of bass though. That's why you would consider the DT880s.

Don't get me wrong, DT880s are also very clear and nice in their own right. Also great for gaming. Very neutral sounding. Good pair of over all headphones..

You can't go wrong with either.
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As stated above, 500 - 600 will get you a good deal more than entry level

If you want an audio interface, my advise would be...

Firewire: M-Audio ProFire 610

USB 2: Focusrite Scarlett

Headphones: AKG K240MKII
Sorry to sound like such a pleb and I appreciate your patience but what exactly do you mean by audio interface? Are those 3 items you mentioned all needed for a "setup"?
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Sorry to sound like such a pleb and I appreciate your patience but what exactly do you mean by audio interface? Are those 3 items you mentioned all needed for a "setup"?
An audio interface is a posh name for an external sound card, and the first 2 items I listed are both audio interfaces. It does away with your onboard sound card, and you can plug instruments and mics into it.. you only need one, but I thought I'd list both a firewire and a USB2 interface, in case you had a preference, or didn't have firewire, etc.
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