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Hi Overclock.net audiophiles. I recently got a taste of FLAC, and now I'm addicted.

I'm trying to decide whether I should get audiograde headphones or a sound card.

My current gear includes Logitech X-230 2.1s (http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/sp...208&cl=roeu,en) and onboard sound...

If I do get new headphones, I've been eyeing the HD555s or the AD700s. Suggestions are open here.

As for sound card, Razer Barracuda AC-1 looks good at $75. Again, suggestions are open here.

Thanks,
Nubcake.
Edited by Nubcake - 5/27/08 at 6:38pm
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X-Fi Prelude...
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Originally Posted by OmegaNemesis28 View Post
X-Fi Prelude...
That's much more expensive.


Honestly, the Barracuda is nothing special. I'd get HD555s/AD700s (I preferred the Senns, but it's personal preference) and upgrade to a decent sound card later on.
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The Razer Barracuda is meh, the only reason you might see some OCN members using them is either that they bought it off Woot (like me) for $55 or they didn't do the research and bought it.
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The Razer Barracuda is meh, the only reason you might see some OCN members using them is either that they bought it off Woot (like me)
WOOT FTW!!!

Ok so I am a TOTAL noob when it comes to audio... please don't flame me to death but what is the point of a sound card? Does it really enhance the sound that well?
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WOOT FTW!!!

Ok so I am a TOTAL noob when it comes to audio... please don't flame me to death but what is the point of a sound card? Does it really enhance the sound that well?
A good sound card will drastically improve the sound quality.
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A good sound card will drastically improve the sound quality.
Will it be like the performance difference between integrated graphics and an 8800 ultra? Or is that a bad comparison?
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Will it be like the performance difference between integrated graphics and an 8800 ultra? Or is that a bad comparison?
Bad comparison, since audio is much more subjective.

However, I doubt anyone, when given the chance to hear onboard and a good dedicated sound card, would say onboard sounds better. It's a very clear difference.
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I suggest you stick with onboard and get a good set of cans like the AD700s or HD555s ( I own both, and prefer the AD700s due to my wider head, and the comfort they provide)

but also if you can re-ripping your music collection over to FLAC and using a dedicated media player such as foobar2k or jriver media player can also enhance the experiences, the final out put can only be as good as the initial source...
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I suggest you stick with onboard and get a good set of cans like the AD700s or HD555s ( I own both, and prefer the AD700s due to my wider head, and the comfort they provide)

but also if you can re-ripping your music collection over to FLAC and using a dedicated media player such as foobar2k or jriver media player can also enhance the experiences, the final out put can only be as good as the initial source...
Listening to FLACs w/ Winamp. Foobar, I just can't seem to "understand it"


Also, where will I be able to try out the SD555 or AD700s? Should I buy both online and just RMA one?
Edited by Nubcake - 5/27/08 at 8:06pm
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