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I really need help from the experts of oc, for my audio setup. I have a budged of around 300$ and im looking for a set of headphones + sound card or amp. Because my current integrated sound is made of crap. I prefer closed back and it will be mostly used for music, movies and gaming.

I have been thinking about the xonar DX, the astro a40 with its amp or the essence stx(i can increase my budged a little if needed for this). i just hope that i dont have to buy another sound card ever or until im older heh. biggrin.gif
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I really need help from the experts of oc, for my audio setup. I have a budged of around 300$ and im looking for a set of headphones + sound card or amp. Because my current integrated sound is made of crap. I prefer closed back and it will be mostly used for music, movies and gaming.

I have been thinking about the xonar DX, the astro a40 with its amp or the essence stx(i can increase my budged a little if needed for this). i just hope that i dont have to buy another sound card ever or until im older heh. biggrin.gif

What kind of music do you listen to?
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Audio Technica ATH-M50, absolutely great for the price and a decent entry level into audiophile turf thumb.gif i love my technicas!
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For your budget a DX ($80) and a Cmoy amp ($60) should hold you over for a good while. Leaving you with $130 for your preference of Headphones.

or

You could get a Sound Blaster Z (built-in headphone amp) for $120 and have $180 for headphones.
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post #5 of 10
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i listen mostly to techno, hiphop and rock. Also im looking closely to more expensive headphones around 200+ price range since i can get the soundcard/amplifier later.
by the way thanks for the great recommendations.
Edited by brianmk - 2/26/13 at 10:52pm
post #6 of 10
Soundblaster Z + Beyerdynamic DT770-Pro 80, Fostex T50RP, possibly Audio-Technica ATH-M50.

You could get a Xonar DG as well, but the Z is newer and getting good reviews.

I have the DG and the DT770s and I love the combo.
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Sound Blaster Z sound card $115
or to save some money, Asus Xonar DG or DGX.

Gemini HSR-1000 (Takstar Pro 80), around $91
http://www.head-fi.org/t/585356/the-takstar-technical-pro-gemini-greathon-thread
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thanks for all the help i decided to go with Audio-Technica ATH-M50 or Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro(ill flip a coin and pick one lol) and Sound Blaster Z.
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thanks for all the help i decided to go with Audio-Technica ATH-M50 or Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro(ill flip a coin and pick one lol) and Sound Blaster Z.

You have a Guitar Center near you? If so, go in and audition both and pick the ones that sound better to your ears.
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thanks for all the help i decided to go with Audio-Technica ATH-M50 or Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro(ill flip a coin and pick one lol) and Sound Blaster Z.

Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 80-Ohm is a good sounding headphone with full bass, I like the DT770 Pro 250-Ohm more balanced sound a little bit better ( I own both the 80-Ohm and 250-Ohm)
The Sound Blaster Z can drive most headphones.
The ATH-M50 are good for music, but not the greatest for surround sound for games & movies.
I've never heard of anyone that likes the ATH-M50 audio quality better then the DT770s, so I vote DT770.

You might try posting your headphone questions on the website Head-Fi, it's the website for the headphone fanatics.
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