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Will going with these ultrasones be worth the price tag?

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OK guys so im in the market for an everyday headset/headphone. These will be mainly used for gaming, watching movies/tv shows, and listening to alot of music (90% techno), and also for listening to music from my ipod nano or phone on long trips or plane rides. I currently do not have a sound card, though i will be purchasing one along with my next headphone/headset purchase in late september, early october I'm looking at either the asus xonar ds or dx sound cards, and the ultrasone pro 550 s-logics. Also i have an external usb mic so that is no issue. I've heard great things of the ultrasones, but some occasional negatives from some audiophiles that don't sound great. Stuff like overblown bass and some discomfort over time. I think these comments are just from the fact that they are comparing this headset to much higher quality/similar quality audio, whereas i am definately not an audio hound. So when replying, remember im comparing these too turtle beach x11s, without a soundcard what-so-ever, and for travel some cheap iphone headphones or at the most 30 dollar skull candy's.

Like i mentioned these will be used for gaming alot, mainly fps games, but also a LOT of the time while gaming or even just talking with a friend or browsing the web im listening to techno, so there will be weight on that too. like i said, im comparing these to a very lackluster audio device. Overall, is it worth it? My turtle beaches have lasted me 3 or more years, so i will have these headphones for awhile, and that is why i wouldnt mind spending more than i expected. Another plus with these headphones compared to a gaming headset is the sound quality should be a large amount better, especially with a sound card for the first time, but also i can use these on my ipod which will kill two birds with one stone, and i wont have to buy a pair of earbuds. So what im really asking is, is this purchase worth it? I'm expecting a very large increase in audio quality, going from Realtek ALC892 audio with tb x11s to this upgrade.

And finally one more question, Obviously with computer stuff you do get what you pay for, so with that in mind the xonar dx is the obvious winner, but here's my predicament. My mobo has these slots:
2 pcie 3.0 slots
2 pci x1 slots
2 pcie 2.0 slot

Most soundcards im seeing are pci x1. That's ok, but in my case, the way my rad is mounted on my case, it's slightly in the way of the top x1 slot, rendering it not usable, and the second one is covered when a gpu is in use in the top slot, which there is right now. i could just move the card down to the second slot and be fine, but then i wouldn't be able to run sli when i have a sound or net card in that slot. Though i probably won't be going sli soon, i still want the freedom incase something comes up. IMO that's on Asus for having a rather lacking mobo layout. I do have an open pcie 2.0 slot though, and because i will never go amd unless i win a card or something, i cant use that slot for sli, so atm i literally have no use for it. Will a pci sound card work in that slot? If so do you guys have any pcie recommended sound cards for under 90 dollars? Thanks! and just if you want to see it here is the link to my mobo - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131837
 
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Xonar DGX, the PCIe version of Xonar DG.
DS also has DSX but I see no reason in getting the DS(X) for headphones.

You can't use PCI card in a PCIe slot. And there is no point in getting PCI as it belongs to a museum (none of the new mobos support it natively).

Imho ultrasone design looks a little fragile... Maybe I'm just too used to the dt-770 that has metal parts.
I recommend to check the recommended audio sticky. It has recommendations from soundcard to headphone amplifiers.
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I got a pair of the Ultrasone Signature DJ's and they rock! The go great with gaming and dont require a dac or amp but if you want you can. They are closed ear and the bass sound amazing. I do a lot of travelling and I take them everywhere and use them with my phone, tablet, pspvita and home gaming pc. I got mine for $800 Aussie dollars. They are hand made and individually numbered.
Dont buy an internal sound card, waste of money and space in your pc. If you have to go a dac. I have the burson audio ha-160ds and it does a great job with my DJ's and hd800's.



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