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Hi, I have £100 to get my computer audio sorted out. At the moment I use a £5 pair of headphones and integrated sound. Should I get £100 headphones? Or a card and headphones?
post #2 of 8
Depends on which mobo (Read: Onboard audio) you have.
Xonar DGX + some good headphones would be a very good option for your budget.

Don't know any online music shops from UK so I will just throw some Thomann.de UK links...
Superlux is great from the cheap-end market. HD668B + optional (AKG) velour pads is pretty popular. Beats the usual Plasticseries 10-0.

HD660 + (Beyerdynamic) Velour pads is also a good option.
Guess which headphones they ripped off with the design rolleyes.gif
There is also a headset version, but I hear the mic is horrible. It is recommended to take the original mics windscreen and cut head of the mic off, then attach the zalman clip-on mic on the mic-boom. Finally put the windscreen on your new mic.

And I'll just throw a random Superlux review here...
Edited by Tiihokatti - 7/27/13 at 8:50am
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post #3 of 8
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Tiihokatti View Post

Depends on which mobo (Read: Onboard audio) you have.
Xonar DGX + some good headphones would be a very good option for your budget.

Don't know any online music shops from UK so I will just throw some Thomann.de UK links...
Superlux is great from the cheap-end market. HD668B + optional (AKG) velour pads is pretty popular. Beats the usual Plasticseries 10-0.

HD660 + (Beyerdynamic) Velour pads is also a good option.
Guess which headphones they ripped off with the design rolleyes.gif
There is also a headset version, but I hear the mic is horrible. It is recommended to take the original mics windscreen and cut head of the mic off, then attach the zalman clip-on mic on the mic-boom. Finally put the windscreen on your new mic.

And I'll just throw a random Superlux review here...
I posted on a couple of forums and the main two recommendations I got were creative aurvana live and these, as well as xonar dg/creative z oem
Obviously you recommend the superlux but anyone got any thoughts on these?
post #4 of 8
With £100 (and not £50) I'd rather spend more of the budget on the headphones and not have to get the Superlux.

By the way,
http://www.overclock.net/t/1209918/requesting-some-audio-advice-here-read-this-first
post #5 of 8
Since you didn't post your motherboard specs or have a system profile, it's impossible to make a good recommendation here.

Some motherboard audio is better than others -- if you're fortunate enough to have a Realtek ALC 892 or one of the on-board Creative chipsets, then moving up to a "real" sound card isn't that much of a priority. If you're using some 5 year old motherboard with a crappy onboard audio chipset and worn out caps, then a sound card makes much better sense.

Headphone quality will make a huge difference in your experience. Usually more comfortable, better bass response, more accurate frequency response make for a good experience. Driving them with a low end, under powered sound chipset/amplifier, not so much.

Greg
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Originally Posted by mikeaj View Post

With £100 (and not £50) I'd rather spend more of the budget on the headphones and not have to get the Superlux.

By the way,
http://www.overclock.net/t/1209918/requesting-some-audio-advice-here-read-this-first
Sorry


£130 absolute max
Varied nut more lows than highs
Must be excellent for gaming, main useage. I play more single player than multiplayer so sound quality is more important than hearing every footstep and where it came from
Nothing really, but might get creative z oem (£50) or xonar DG (£20) depending on reccomendations
PC, at home. If I can use it with an ipad thats nice, but not really bothered
England, and prefer big name sites like amazon.
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Originally Posted by hammong View Post

Since you didn't post your motherboard specs or have a system profile, it's impossible to make a good recommendation here.

Some motherboard audio is better than others -- if you're fortunate enough to have a Realtek ALC 892 or one of the on-board Creative chipsets, then moving up to a "real" sound card isn't that much of a priority. If you're using some 5 year old motherboard with a crappy onboard audio chipset and worn out caps, then a sound card makes much better sense.

Headphone quality will make a huge difference in your experience. Usually more comfortable, better bass response, more accurate frequency response make for a good experience. Driving them with a low end, under powered sound chipset/amplifier, not so much.

Greg
Mobo is Asus Z87-K
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Mobo is Asus Z87-K
= ALC887 onboard sound.
Not really the best onboard sound but I would say "decent" if it's true that ALC892 is almost identical.

DT-770 Pro is 130£ at amazon.
Runs fine on tablets/etc.
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