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I'm currently using a Audigy 2 for my HD 429 and T7900 ( I switch the connection in the back and the settings on the software )

What I'm asking is, what is a good soundcard for the headphones? Something that will match the HD 429 and possibly upgrades down the road. ( I'm thinking Xonar DGX? ) I'd like it if that soundcard also has support for 7.1... But i could always use the Audigy 2 for that.

What is a good upgrade from the HD 429? I'm not complaining on the quality of the cans, since I don't even know if I'm taking full advantage of it with the Audigy.

Just an extra, what is a good Mic?

EDIT:

What do I look for on a soundcard?
  • PCI-E
  • Front Panel connector
  • Rear out for speakers and headphones ( Optional )
  • Around the price of the Xonar DGX


What do I look for on headphones?
  • Full Cup ( Circumaural )
  • Closed back
  • Black or White
  • Not that expensive...


What do I look for on a Mic?
  • Desk or monitor mounted ( desk preferred )
  • Single person use ( I believe the pattern is Cardioid )
  • Not that expensive...

I'm going to buy the soundcard/AMP/DAC first, then the Mic, then the Headphones.

EDIT:
Quote:
Sub $100 for the soundcard.

Sub $150 for the Headphone.

Sub $50 for the Mic.

All prices in USD.

Online sites? The socalled "Ebay" of the Philippines www.TipidPC.com

Obviously I'm in the Philippines.

Edited by Speedster159 - 1/10/14 at 9:15am
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What i have and very happy, Blown away most time's

Sound Cards. Sound Blaster ZxR With MIc Desk, I will be changing mic, to a mod v2 soon.
Dac amp Asus Xonar Essence One
Headset HD 700

I am very Happy with this setup.

1 downside after using it for 8 weeks. When i first, turn on computer i get click, From sound card and amp.

Just research on those.

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Originally Posted by Seallone View Post

What i have and very happy, Blown away most time's

Sound Cards. Sound Blaster ZxR With MIc Desk, I will be changing mic, to a mod v2 soon.
Dac amp Asus Xonar Essence One
Headset HD 700

I am very Happy with this setup.

1 downside after using it for 8 weeks. When i first, turn on computer i get click, From sound card and amp.

Just research on those.

seal
Unfortunately those are too expensive for me... Haha
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If you're looking for an increase in audio quality, the biggest improvement you'll see is buying better headphones. A great budget option is to get a used AV Receiver, they're relatively cheap. A/B I can't tell the difference between a Xonar STX and a 10+ year old receiver. If not, the DGX will be fine for you.

As for mics, I use a modmic (v1.0) which is headphone mounted, it's great.
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Most likely no one can help because you haven't told the most critical parts.
For example:
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State your budget! (Set an absolute maximum or give a relative maximum with + x amount if it will be amazingly better).
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State where you live and offer some sites that are known for having good prices / being reputable so we can help recommend you products in your country's currency (like Amazon or ebay).

And the only decent (headphone-)soundcards under 100$ are:
Xonar DG/X
Sound Blaster Z (OEM)

And there are no other cards. The Audigy Fx for example is ALC898 based so I can't recommend it.
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Sub $100 for the soundcard.

Sub $150 for the Headphone.

Sub $50 for the Mic.

All prices in USD.

Online sites? The socalled "Ebay" of the Philippines www.TipidPC.com

Obviously I'm in the Philippines.
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Closed back, black/white and 7000 PHP or under...
That's pretty tough to find... But let's try.

- Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro is 8000 PHP (and a fake too, judging from the pic) so it's over the budget.
- Superlux HD660/HD330 is 2000 PHP so it would fit in the budget. But the stock earpads are horrible so it would need DT770 velour pads as a replacement.
- ATH M-50 is around 8000 PHP too.
- Creative Aurvana Live is 3600 PHP.

You could check OCN recommendations if other than closed backs are ok.
Edited by Tiihokatti - 1/10/14 at 12:06pm
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