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What to do to improve my listening/gaming experience

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Hello,

I listen to FLAC's in Foobar with my AD900's. What else could I do to improve my listening/gaming experience sound-wise? (My TiHD is being RMA'D currently).


Thank you!
post #2 of 6
Do you not like what you have now? Honestly if you plan to upgrade past that you're talking about spending hundreds of dollars for a negligible improvement in sound quality.

I'm sure some headphone audiophiles would disagree, but if you're itching to spend $500+ then build a home theater system for yourself.
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Why, yes I do like what I have now, but I'd like to enjoy even more. Money is just money, if I can get more enjoyment for years by spending a few hundred bucks, sure I will do it rather than using it to somewhere else for short-duration enjoyment. Because I enjoy music/gaming. :-)

I am looking to spend about 300 USD or so. I can use more though if needed.


Do I need Headphone Amp? Or do I need DAC? I don't really understand what they do, or what I need unfortunately.


I have no idea what is a home theater system or what it consists of
post #4 of 6
A headphone amp is only going to be useful if your sound card severely under-powers your headphones (ie headphones with 64ohms+ and sound card that only outputs up to 32ohms). The main reason people get headphone amps is for phones and mp3 players to save on battery power but using them on PC's with integrated sound (ie realtek chips output only 32ohms) can help out low sound volume.

Buying a DAC is pretty pointless unless you're going to get one that has tube amps, and on it's own will cost as much as a mid-range pc ($600+) if you can find a deal on one. Digital DAC's will only go up to 24bit-192 and I bet your sound card can already do that (as can most realtek chips).



I get the feeling you want more bass? I can't really think of any other reason to upgrade than being able to feel bass rather than hear it, and like I said you should get a home theater system with a dedicated subwoofer. The cheap way would be to get whatever logitech system that is under $100, but if you want to spend some serious money then go to musiciansfriend.com and find:

-Unpowerd Reference Monitors
-Amp + crossover
-Unpowered subwoofer

Read up on ohms, amps, and other things on wiki before you buy anything else, these are basic concepts that anyone should know before buying high-end audio equipment so you don't get ripped off or blow up your expensive purchase.

Personally I built my own system with two 15" speakers (50hz-15khz) and two 15" subs (20hz-400hz), grabbed a decent amp+crossover and have used it ever since. It's not cheap ($1,000+) but I needed it for bass guitar so I could be heard live.
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post #6 of 6
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wizardskill, thank you for your reply. I'd like more opinions though.

Bass isn't important to me.

I am mainly interested in improving my headphone setup currently (headphone amp, DAC.. whatever I need to do it). I will have to do speakers another time.


So why do I need/dont need DAC? Why do I need/don't need headphone amp?



Thank you
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