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I have always listened to music, and have always loved it even more on great speakers. Thus, it is time for me to consider becoming "one of those guys" as far as sound goes. I'm looking for some amazing Headphones, speakers (surround sound or otherwise, I prefer quality more than anything) and a sound card. I know X-Fis and Sennheisers and Logitech Z-5500s are all great for gaming, but I want this more for musical enjoyment, and I will of course still game on it sometimes.

So, with a budget of... let's say $350, what sound card, headphones, and speakers would you recommend? And just so you know, if anyone tells me to get an X-Fi XTremeGamer Fatal1ty and some PC-151s I will be very upset...

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Will the sound card be used for gaming? A modded xfi would do well and is quite cheap for your budget. Headphone wise, do you want open or closed? For movies and gaming or solely music EDIT: *Just read that bit in your post lol, never mind*? Speakers, do you want bookshelf, subwoofer or surround sound?
    
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I would prefer to have some form of "thump" in my speakers, but if there are bookshelfs or floor standing speakers that can thump, then they will be good enough. However, a good 2.1 set that would fit in my price range would be fine. Easy connection to a PC sound card, obviously, is a must. I would prefer closed headphones so I can ignore my roommates I will play some games (CS: S, Oblivion, Company of Heroes, Crysis) but overall sound quality in all applications is my top priority.
    
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The audio-technica ath-a900 headphones would be great for your budget, or the a700 as the step down. They are VERY good for gaming, closed and sound pretty dam nice as well

Speaker wise, I will have a look, do you know of any sites in america which sell good ones?

A cheap modded x-fi would be good to go with them, pm soloz if you want him to do it for you.

EDIT: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/index.php is a good site with lots of good deals on for headphones, not so much speakers though.
    
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I was looking at these: http://www.audiocubes.com/category/H...eadphones.html

I assume they are good headphones?

-edit- Haha, another level down from what you suggested. Fair enough.

I'm not really an audiophile yet, so I don't know any sites. However, if you give me some product names I'm sure I could find them easily enough.
    
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Hmm, would you want an amp or do you want some self powered speakers?

EDIT: For that budget it will be hard to get audiophile quality speakers aswell as headphones and a sound card, your best bet may be to get the most expencive logitech that you can afford.

Otherwise, m-audio are a good make and the audioengine 5 is a good set of self powered speakers...although they cost $350 alone


EDIT2!" http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1138085354138 I forgot about them! They are a jewel for the price, go for them
    
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I want to play, but when you say 350... do you mean for the soundcard AND headphones AND speakers?

Because there is no way you're going to get great hifi for those kind of prices.

When one says speakers one must also say amplification, that it be integrated (active monitors) or separate.
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Lets say integrated Amplification. I was talking about all 3... but I could perhaps stretch the budget a bit. Maybe if people were to just put what they would consider to be "Bang for Buck" components that would be great.
    
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I want to play, but when you say 350... do you mean for the soundcard AND headphones AND speakers?

Because there is no way you're going to get great hifi for those kind of prices.

When one says speakers one must also say amplification, that it be integrated (active monitors) or separate.
I think that he's referring to a decent amplified set of "computer" speakers. (Not like a Logitech setup, but some "real" speakers.)

Klipsch is king of the computer hill as far as I'm concerned. Unlike most of the other companies that brand "computer" speakers, they are just about the only one that actually made a name for themselves with speakers, not mice, keyboards, or something else. There are 2 versions of the Klipsch Promedia: a 2.0 and a 2.1. Both are great, and can be found B-Stock for under $100 on Klipsch's website.
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Sound card: Modded cheap real x-fi
Speakers: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1138085354138
Headphones: ATH A900 - look on head-fi for deals.
    
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