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They're out of stock like everyone else.


Should have checked that...
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I just gave this thread a quick read and want to say that whatever you get I hope you enjoy your new tunes because really enjoyment is what it's all about!

now, with your price range I think that maybe you should tackel either speakers or headphones first... and not try to get both together. Sure you can get both together, but your budget will be a little tighter and you'll be forced to try to find more budget compents and possibly get headphones that don't NEED a dedicated headphone amp.

Now, my suggestions

speakers: go with a pair of studio monitors or bookshelf speakers. The Insignias for $70 from BB sound good to me. BB currently has a 10% off coupon floating around if you can't find one let me know and I'll try to fwd you the email I got.

amp: go with an integrated amp or stereo receiver. for integrated amps you can't touch anything new in your price range that would be considered 'audiophile' grade so you'll need to look at vintage equipment. For vintage you can find good deals on ebay from time to time, but craigslist is better for finding deals. I personally use a Marantz 1030 to a pair of Infinity RS2 bookshelves. The thing to watch out for with vintage stuff on ebay you'll need to plan to service it yourself or have someone else service it. If you want a vintage receiver that won't break the bank and has already been serviced I have a Sansui 6060 in my FS thread.

Another option for the amp is a Sonic T amp. You can get one for around $35, then add a wallwart for a power supply and for around $50 you've got a T amp. It won't be as powerful or sound quite as good as a better amp or receiver, but it's hard to beat at the price.

Sound card: if you want to game I highly recommend the X-fi series. You can start with a regular X-fi and mod it later if you need to to keep in budget, but doing the stereo mods will greatly help you out.

Headphones: Take a look at some Senn HD555's or HD595's. 555's can be found used for about $75 and 595's for around $125. both are a steal at those prices. Some Audiotechnicas are also good deals, but I personally feel that the HD595's are a great entry level audiophile can and they are great for gaming, music and movies so you'll get the complete package. They don't need to be amped, but an amp will benefit them and can be added later.
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Amazing posts, guys. You're helping a ton!

OK, new question:

What program should I use to rip music from my CDs to my PC at the best possible quality? I'm guessing not iTunes or WMP, so what do you guys use to rip and organize your music collections at "audiophile quality?" I knwo I won't be able to hear the difference now, but I don't want to have to re-rip all of my music when I get my sound card, either.
    
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Amazing posts, guys. You're helping a ton!

OK, new question:

What program should I use to rip music from my CDs to my PC at the best possible quality? I'm guessing not iTunes or WMP, so what do you guys use to rip and organize your music collections at "audiophile quality?" I knwo I won't be able to hear the difference now, but I don't want to have to re-rip all of my music when I get my sound card, either.
Download Exact Audio Copy and FLAC and follow this simple guide from HydrogenAudio:

http://wiki.hydrogenaudio.org/index....e=EAC_and_Flac
    
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Thanks, Rakukojin
    
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If you want to use mp3 for various reasons then download the LAME MP3 encoder and install that. You'll just have to configure EAC to use the external mp3 encoder and point it to LAME. That's what I use bc I have a Creative mp3 player.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829110012

I posted this sound card earlier, but didn't get many opinions. Is it a good quality sound card? The dongles make it look real fancy like
    
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829110012

I posted this sound card earlier, but didn't get many opinions. Is it a good quality sound card? The dongles make it look real fancy like
It is a nice card which certianly has it's connections covered, but if you were going to go with a non-Creative card, the best bets are the bluegears b-Enspirer or the AuzenTech X-Meridian. They are the top dogs of the sound card world right now, and for good reason. Simply outstanding sound quality and feature sets.

AzunTech is currently grabbing rave reviews for it's upcoming project to develop a card based on the X-Fi chipset. Not out yet, but just a little blurb to keep in mind down the road.

Also, if the extra connectivity of the E-Mu is a big selling point for you, Azun offers a expansion board with additional mic inputs, full MIDI in/out, and digital in/out (optical and RCA).
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How about these?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882603002

They respond down to 20 Hz, which means they hit, right? But what about the brand, and the sound quality?
    
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