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I *think* I know what I want! (headphone + sound card)

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I made a post awhile back asking about a good set of headphones/sound cards for 90% gaming. I do enjoy both competitive/immersive, if given a choice, prolly more competitive. At the time I had the conclusion that i wanted the Ultrasone Pro 550's and the Titanium HD sound card. After research I realized that everyone is stating that the Ultrasone's need an amp to reach their potential, and that the Titanium HD offers no such headphone amp. I also read that in reality the amp does not matter in this scenario because the Titanium HD does not *need* a headphone amp to properly run these headphones.

So, I guess my basic question is, what parts of those earlier statements are true? And lastly, is there any alternative recommendations for other headphones/sound cards before I pull the trigger? No better time to buy than now I suppose! My budget is $250-300. Thanks for any replies guys and gals!

(posting where I have currently found these items for the cheapest)

Titanium HD = $99.99 / http://www.jr.com/creative-labs/pe/CLN_SB1270/

Ultrasone Pro 550's = $141.95 / http://www.amazon.com/Ultrasone-PRO-550-Professional-Headphones/dp/B000YDYEDW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1353828552&sr=8-1&keywords=ultrasone+pro+550
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Seems a fine choice to me. Ultrasone Pro 550s don't need an amp. TiHd will run them fine.
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Pro 550's should run fine without an amp.

I used them on my Sansa Clip, and onboard (Before I got my xonar DG) with good results.

The Xonard DG defintley helped my sound, but more so because of the quality of the sound and not because of the built in amp. Your setup sounds great for gaming.
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Things to note:
The Pro 550s come with a really short cable that terminates with a 3.5 mm plug and a not-so-long long coiled cable that terminates with a 6.3 mm plug.
The Pro 550s do not come with a 6.3 mm to 3.5 mm adapter.
Stock pads aren't the most comfortable once you become used to velour pads. The Pro 750 pads do fit but they no longer make the silver pads.

There are solutions to this, however:
Get an extension to the short cable and plug it into the Titanium HD like I did for a really long time.
Get a replacement long, straight cable from Ultrasone. It will run you about $28 + shipping.

More information can be found in my Pro 550 review thread in my signature tongue.gif
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