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I'm looking for a pair of headphones and a sound card or possibly an external DAC.

Headphones: Budget is around $200-$300. I like good instrument separation. I listen to Vocaloids which covers an enormous selection of types. I listen to music the most. I don't game a lot so take it as if I don't. The last thing I'll probably use these for is anime/movies.

external DAC/sound card: Budget I guess is around $200. Just something that's good for music.

amp (if necessary): $200? Something that's just good.

Thanks!

Edit: Need everything by the time sales start since I want to save some money and get something asap.
Edited by Test01101011 - 11/23/11 at 2:10pm
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You sound like me about 2 years ago. biggrin.gif I had a similar budget and same needs. I ended up with Beyerdynamic DT880/600Ohm Headphones for $270, and the Fiio e7/e9 combo for $200.

I absolutely love it. The DT880s are a very neutral headphone, so they don't over emphasize certain parts of the spectrum. Also, the Fiioe7/e9 are a great DAC and AMP. If you decide to different headphones in the future, the e7/e9 can power just about every headphone on the market.

Just my experience smile.gif
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You sound like me about 2 years ago. biggrin.gif I had a similar budget and same needs. I ended up with Beyerdynamic DT880/600Ohm Headphones for $270, and the Fiio e7/e9 combo for $200.
I absolutely love it. The DT880s are a very neutral headphone, so they don't over emphasize certain parts of the spectrum. Also, the Fiioe7/e9 are a great DAC and AMP. If you decide to different headphones in the future, the e7/e9 can power just about every headphone on the market.
Just my experience smile.gif

I some bad things about the highs somewhere which worried me since I listen to Vocaloids. Should be self explanatory.

Thanks. Will consider this.
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bump. I need to order everything Friday. wheee.gif
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Monster Beats Studio. INB4 flame on. Don't listen to the haters, they are great headphones.
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Monster Beats Studio. INB4 flame on. Don't listen to the haters, they are great headphones.

He did say he wanted instrument separation. And last time I listened to my roommates white Studios, separation was the last thing they had going for them. It is hard to have good instrument separation with overbearing, muddy, intrusive bass. The Sennheiser HD25 can do everything the Studios can do, but much cleaner and better overall for $100 less.

I still am going to hold my recommendation on the DT880s. They are very neutral so you hear how the music was recorded to its fullest. Some regard them as being one of the best, if not the best headphones in the Sub-$1000 category.
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He did say he wanted instrument separation. And last time I listened to my roommates white Studios, separation was the last thing they had going for them. It is hard to have good instrument separation with overbearing, muddy, intrusive bass. The Sennheiser HD25 can do everything the Studios can do, but much cleaner and better overall for $100 less.
I still am going to hold my recommendation on the DT880s. They are very neutral so you hear how the music was recorded to its fullest. Some regard them as being one of the best, if not the best headphones in the Sub-$1000 category.

Beats by Dre (no offense) are truely the worst headphones. I've listened to some and there's too much bass for me and there's almost no such thing as instrument separation.

DT880's are top. I see that the K702's are pretty good too with the AH-D2000's but it's hard to compare them since it's like comparing apples to oranges.
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Monster Beats Studio. INB4 flame on. Don't listen to the haters, they are great headphones.

Yeah no. If they were sold for third of the price then maybe it'd be something to consider. The bloated and muddy bass on those is sure what he's looking for!

A pair of $150 quality headphones and an amp will blow the Beats away.
Edited by Methoxetamine - 11/21/11 at 2:09pm
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Okay, looking at DT880 (any model), K702, and AH-D2000. Just picking some off of headroom's list of full sized with the highest headroom rating.
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The K702 has higher instrument separation, sound stage and more airyness to it than the DT880.

That's not to say the DT880 is a scrub. The DT880 has a really good sound stage, really good detail and sound just as amazing in its own right.

Both headphones sound completely different though. You'll have to literally try both. The K702 can make a poorly mastered song sound terrible. The K702 needs a more powerful amp to carry it. The K702 focuses on complete immersion in the music and is sort of a "I'm sitting down to REALLY examine this song" whereas the DT880 is more of a "I'm listening to this song to rock out." The DT880 is a very forgiving headphone in that respect and has a very different sound than the K702.

Most people would easily take the DT880s over the K702. I would only recommend the K702 to someone searching for a distinct sound and even then, they would have to know what they're looking for and would likely come to the realization themselves.
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