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Ok guys I need help on the "is it worth it" side.

I have a set of Klipsh S4 ii that I use for my cell phone and gaming on my new High End Pc. Or when not using the headphones I use a $200 dollar soundbar that sits behind my screen.

I been wanting to upgrade. I have multiple choices and can mix and match to what ever works best.

I have some Tritton true 5.1 surround Call of Duty limited edition headset that I use on my PS3. Their not that great, they have a really annoying SSSSSSSSS sound to the words and FX. But are better then nothing I guess . I am about to order a $5 dollar adaptor so that they can work on the PC. (also the Rog Sound Card)

My other choices are...

I can eater get some Sennheiser IE80 and asus Rog sound card. The pros is that they are a cheaper choice and can use them with my cell phones and travel with them. Cons are that I don't really know if they are good enough.

Choice 2 is to get some Sennheiser HD750. Cons to this are the price. The headphones are affordable. But having to buy a Xonar One, really adds to the price. But still doable. Then just keep my S4s for my cell phone....

So what do you guys think? Worth the money? Whats my best option? (I like Asus)
post #2 of 16
A general rule of thumb is that any pair of headphones over say $200 is not going to be used to its full potential if you don't 1.) become and audiophile and really appreciate it 2.) have most of your music in lossy format or 3.) have equipment to match your headphones magnitude. There is no point in buying expensive stuff (especially the HD750s) just to play games on a sound card. Headphones don't magically make your stuff sound better, they only use what they are given. If you have just a sound card, you won't notice a difference buying those kinds of headphones.

I would just get a decent pair of over the ear headphones under $150. I found a pretty good deal on HD555s on Amazon for $80 a few years ago and I still have them. You don't need $200 to play games.

If you really want to get into the whole high end audio thing, go to head-fi. You need a DAC, amp, pre-amp, lossy music collection, etc to get the use out of your ~$700 headphones.

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Well I pretty much disagree with everything the person above said. You don't need to spend any kind of serious cash on stuff like the xonar one. Just get a decent asus card or creative Z and an external amp like the schiit magni, vali, or an objective2.

Are you guys referring to the HD650, because I've never heard of a HD750. If you enjoy the klipsch IEMs, you should be aware that the HD650 is quite a departure from that sound. It has slightly rolled off highs, which make it sound smooth but some people find it boring.
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Well I pretty much disagree with everything the person above said. You don't need to spend any kind of serious cash on stuff like the xonar one. Just get a decent asus card or creative Z and an external amp like the schiit magni, vali, or an objective2.

Are you guys referring to the HD650, because I've never heard of a HD750. If you enjoy the klipsch IEMs, you should be aware that the HD650 is quite a departure from that sound. It has slightly rolled off highs, which make it sound smooth but some people find it boring.

Really? So you would drop $850 on headphones to play them on a creative sound card for gaming?
    
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Really? So you would drop $850 on headphones to play them on a creative sound card for gaming?

Yep, this isn't the 90s when there were significant technical performance differences between DACs. Modern sound cards are perfectly capable DACs and provide the simulated surround effects. I'd definitely use an external amp though if you can afford it.
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A general rule of thumb is that any pair of headphones over say $200 is not going to be used to its full potential if you don't 1.) become and audiophile and really appreciate it 2.) have most of your music in lossy format or 3.) have equipment to match your headphones magnitude. There is no point in buying expensive stuff (especially the HD750s) just to play games on a sound card. Headphones don't magically make your stuff sound better, they only use what they are given. If you have just a sound card, you won't notice a difference buying those kinds of headphones.

I would just get a decent pair of over the ear headphones under $150. I found a pretty good deal on HD555s on Amazon for $80 a few years ago and I still have them. You don't need $200 to play games.

If you really want to get into the whole high end audio thing, go to head-fi. You need a DAC, amp, pre-amp, lossy music collection, etc to get the use out of your ~$700 headphones.

Good luck!

I basically already have my Tritton 5.1 Headset that I think would be good once I get the PC adaptor. But I haven't been too happy with them on my PS3. Better then the tv speakers tho..

I wasn't planning on using the HD700s with a sound card. I was planning to use them with the Xonar One DAC.
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Originally Posted by DrGroove View Post

Well I pretty much disagree with everything the person above said. You don't need to spend any kind of serious cash on stuff like the xonar one. Just get a decent asus card or creative Z and an external amp like the schiit magni, vali, or an objective2.

Are you guys referring to the HD650, because I've never heard of a HD750. If you enjoy the klipsch IEMs, you should be aware that the HD650 is quite a departure from that sound. It has slightly rolled off highs, which make it sound smooth but some people find it boring.

My mistake. I was talking about the HD700s with a Xonar One.

I kind of enjoy the Klipschs but I really don't find them to be anything special. To me they sound about the same as some $50 dollar SkullCandys I owned before he Klipchs.
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Heres more info on me.

95% of the time I use my Earbuds on my phone, its to listen to Talkshows and News Shows.

Basically... if I strip my question down... All I want to know is if the HD700 with a DAC are worth the close to 1k Dollars over the IE80 with a Rog Sound Card....
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Basically... if I strip my question down... All I want to know is if the HD700 with a DAC are worth the close to 1k Dollars over the IE80 with a Rog Sound Card....

Not for talk shows/podcasts. HD700 is wildly different from the IE80 sound as well. Why don't you just get a decent pair of headphones and an amp for home use, and a pair of IEMs for portability? You would never want to wear something like the HD700 in public. Not only is it large and expensive looking, but it's totally open and everyone would hear what you hear. Something like HD600 and schiit vali for home use with gaming/music and a reasonably priced IEM for travel.

I'm a fan of the new audio technica IEM series, the ATH-IM70 and IM03 being my favorites.
http://www.head-fi.org/t/705687/review-of-audio-technica-ath-im01-ath-im02-ath-im03-ath-im04-ath-im50-ath-im70

Also read through these
http://www.head-fi.org/t/478568/multi-iem-review-310-iems-compared-dunu-dn-1000-added-02-12-14-p-862
http://www.overclock.net/t/1466090/totally-dubbed-and-inearspace-iem-awards-2013
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I can keep using my S4s for my news on the go. But for gaming is the difference in price worth it?

If I were to go for some lower HDs then the 700s. Witch would be better the HDs or the EI80s?
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