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I have these:

Epoz-Aktimate-Maxi Speakers

MJ Acoustics Pro 50 MK2 Sub-woofer

I want a soundcard which will allow me to get the best our of those. I also need a pair of headphones that will get the best out of the soundcard.

I've been looking at these:

Sennheiser MM500 X.

Asus Xonar Essence STX Soundcard


What would you recommend? I'm looking for best music quality.
post #2 of 5
Why do you need noise cancelling headphones? You don't is the ultimate answer. You kill SQ when you go with noise cancelling headphones. Only reason to go with those are constant noises like the sound of an engine. Otherwise isolation is preferred.
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OCZ Vertex 2 90GB & Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB Scythe MUGEN-2 Microsoft Windows 8 Professional Dell UltraSharp u2410 & Samsung 2333SW 
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Logitech G15 OCZ GameXStream 700w HAF 932 Advanced Logitech G300 
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Denon AVR-1912 Harman Kardon Infinity Primus P153  HIFIMAN HE-400 Vsonic GR07 
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This

    
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Changed my mind.....get these instead:
    
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Those poor Grados.
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