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hey guys,

I am planning out my next build and am trying to price stuff out... im prity new to the hardware side of good audio, but i have been playing for years and can hear the difference between good and bad gear (my audiophile friend's and my own)... i am looking to get an external DAC and a good over hear headset... i am looking for prity good sound as i do musical audio editing... i do game, but music quality is much more important to me as i listen to music instead of game sounds when i do play (probably why im so bad a FPSs tongue.gif)... unfortunately here comes the hard part that idk if i can do with one headset (if i cant, ill have to pic a side to compromise)... i mainly edit acoustic, classical, and indie music with a lot of highs and mids, but i love heavy rock with a lot of base (not as much a dub-step though)... i would love to be able to do both, but my guess is that drivers from mids and highs dont like bases and visa versa... im more of trying to get a realistic price rang then anything else on what these would cost, but if you have products you would like to recommend they are definitely welcome smile.gif

Thanks in advance,
-esk smile.gif
Edited by eskamobob1 - 12/11/11 at 9:44pm
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gotta state a budget.

you using this for recording are you, so, any needed connections like XLR etc...?
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gotta state a budget.

you using this for recording are you, so, any needed connections like XLR etc...?

I'm asking what I can expect to spend, so I didn't add a price range... I'll find a way to get enough for what ever is necessary... And I'm not recording, just editing multi layer files that are sent to me (everything is recorded at my friends studio) so no need for special connectors (unless u get better audio out of 1/4 or something, but i wouldn't guess u do)
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Well, unless you have a very good VST plugin to emulate stereo speakers over headphones, editing with headphones for music has it's flaws with instrument positioning. Headphones are really only used in the studio for vocal recording. I would argue a minimal of ~$100. From there, anything is possible budget wise.
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Well, unless you have a very good VST plugin to emulate stereo speakers over headphones, editing with headphones for music has it's flaws with instrument positioning. Headphones are really only used in the studio for vocal recording. I would argue a minimal of ~$100. From there, anything is possible budget wise.

i was under the impression that there are stereo headphones that use a bunch of different algorithms that give them excellent directional sound (same idea as the ones recommended for gaming)... i do use speakers, but unfortunately no one else i live with appreciates the looped 10 sec track im working on tongue.gif... also, i believe that the directional sound is called the "sound stage" (plz correct if im wrong, but im curious about the term tongue.gif)... i do understand that i will never get quality audio with 7.1 sound (like i have with speakers) in headphones, but as i mainly work on taking out anomalies, tuning, and muttind/ sharpening sounds, on single tracks at a time (my friend that has the studio is much better at the "big picture" then i am and i honestly dont have the time to do both tongue.gif) it is not the most important aspect... as for the budget, i was prepared for anything up to around $500 for DAC(/amp), but it would obviously be nice to spend less if it wont compromise quality smile.gif
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fiio e10 almost just came out great dac/amp and cost only 80$
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fiio e10 almost just came out great dac/amp and cost only 80$

the question is will it do what i want? i will look up some reviews in a little bit smile.gif
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