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Looking for some advice from the great people of OCN.

I currently have the Asus Xonar DG (cheap but i like the built in amp) and I have Sennheiser HD555.

I like the price and performance of the soundcard but I would like to upgrade the headphones. Any suggestions for a noticeable upgrade? My budget is $350 but i can do $400 if it is absolutely worth it. I dont want to spend too much if the Xonar DG cant handle it. I was looking at some of the Beyerdynamic and AKG Q 701 but i am not sure if these fit my needs and will make a difference. I currently use the headphones for mainly gaming but i love listening to music on them also. No FLAC files and i dont use the headphones anywhere but at my desk.

Also, i am in the market for 2 headphone stands so if you cant suggest a good pair of headphones, feel free to chime in with your suggestions on the stands. Thanks!
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post #2 of 7
it would really help if you told people what kind of music you listen to.

as for headphone stands I use a Woo Audio aluminum headphone stand. they also come in chrome. if you don't want to spend that much money the rubbermaid fast track makes a decent headphone stand.

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Originally Posted by bumblebee1980 View Post

it would really help if you told people what kind of music you listen to.
as for headphone stands I use a Woo Audio aluminum headphone stand. they also come in chrome. if you don't want to spend that much money the rubbermaid fast track makes a decent headphone stand.
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thanks for the woo audio link. Looks good and i will check them out. As for music, i listen to just about everything but techno. Classic Rock, Rock, Alternative, Rap. Hip-Hop, Metal, Hardcore, Acoustic.
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post #4 of 7

Keep what you have currently. I have experimented plenty of setups by spending literally three or four times your budget only to find myself going back to my trusty HD555. If you must upgrade, trying going for an dedicated desktop/portable amp like the O2. Pair it up with a Beyerdynamic dt990 and you have a winner.

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post #5 of 7
you should probably focus on music. the Sennheiser HD555 are good for gaming. I recommend getting a 3.5mm extension cable and plugging it in the back of your sound card so you can switch headphones on the fly without getting up.

I would probably go with Denon AH-D600 or a used Denon AH-D5000 which you can get on Head-Fi.org Buy/Sell/Trade, eBay or e-mail Mark Lawton. Fostex drivers are pretty genre friendly.
    
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post #6 of 7
I have the Denon AHD2000's and can speak for their amazing sound quality. I had a pair of ATH-AD700s before that and loved those but the Denons are just amazing. Spectacular bass and super sound quality. A pair of Denons in your price range would probably be amazing.
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post #7 of 7
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thank you all for the suggestions. I appreciate the help!
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