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1. $1000
2. I listen to and like all kinds of music but this will mainly be for gaming (BF3/4 and such).
3. Must be excellent for gaming!
4. Creative Z Soundcard (don't know if I will need it), Asus Hero VI, Z-5500 speakers and either the Blue snowball or yeti for my microphone
5. Only used at home for PC gaming and sometimes music
6. I live in the United States and mostly purchase items from Amazon

These are the products I've been looking at.

Beyerdynamic T90
Beyerdynamic DT 990 Premium 600 OHM
Sennheiser HD 650
Fiio E17 DAC/Amp (ALPEN) + Fiio E09K Desktop Amp (QOGIR)

The main question I have is I've seen people use the Fiio Amp and the Creative Z soundcard which confuses me.

So...

1. If the Creative Z can handle 600 OHM why would people use an additional amp as well
2. Is Creative Z + Amp overkill
3. Is Creative Z + Amp > Asus Hero onboard + Amp
4. Which set of headphones would you recommend

Any information or recommendations will be greatly appreciated.
post #2 of 5
For 1000 bucks find used HE-500 headphones, and then get a cambridge audio dac magic and then what ever headphone amp that suits your fancy.
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post #3 of 5
I strongly recommend the Audio GD Compass 2 for DAC+Amp. Super awesome value for the money and loads of power for both current and voltage hungry headphones.

Headphones on the other hand would be a bit easier to recommend if you told us what you want in a headphone.
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For 1000 bucks find used HE-500 headphones, and then get a cambridge audio dac magic and then what ever headphone amp that suits your fancy.

I second that, the he-500's are a awesome pair of cans, you can't go wrong with them with a nice amp smile.gif
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I second that, the he-500's are a awesome pair of cans, you can't go wrong with them with a nice amp smile.gif

I'd start with the HE-400. They are great for gaming as well.

Regarding the rest of your setup..
Mixamp > Headphone amp > Headphones
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