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hey guys, been thinking of getting a nice pair of head phones, i am debating between the ath-ad700s and the grado MS-1s, what you recommend?
it would be primarily for gaming, music (mostly techo, ambient, and metal), and a bit of movies.
is there another pair that would be recommended for 100-180?
also, thinking about getting a sound card, should i purchase that first or get my headphones first?
i have also heard of external DACs, would this be beneficial over a sound card?
i was looking at the prelude, so 150-200 is what i would be expecting, thanks in advance!
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I think something like the AD700 would be better for techno, but the grado's would be better for metal.

If you want to go with an external DAC, the 0202 is usually a little over $100, while the 0404 is $200. I like them because if you have another computer they are easily portable between the two, as it's just a USB connection.
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i love my razer combo
i dont have any personal recs for you tho. sry.
but i would def get headphones before sound card
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post #4 of 52
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thanks, any other headsets you would recomend in the price range?
also, what one is more comfortable and what one would be better for portable operation with my iriver?
this is the 0404 you are referring to correct?
http://www.emu.com/products/product....&product=15185
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post #5 of 52
Grados are king for rock/metal. but gaming is your primary use, the AD700's are your choice. i have the A700's and they're great with ambient music :]

cans>source>amp>dac>cabling
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thanks, is there anything else you would recomend over a external DAC as my purchase after a pair of cans?
i notice you have cans>source>amp>dac>cabling
what should i do to improve the source if it is my computer, wouldnt that be the soundcard/dac?
also would an amp be a preferable purchase to a dac?
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hmm, taking some looks around, looks like ms-1s are hard to come across and aren't made anymore (or at least not on grados site)
is there another pair of grados anyone would recommend in that price range?
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thanks, is there anything else you would recomend over a external DAC as my purchase after a pair of cans?
i notice you have cans>source>amp>dac>cabling
what should i do to improve the source if it is my computer, wouldnt that be the soundcard/dac?
also would an amp be a preferable purchase to a dac?
No, you aren't going to be wanting an amp on onboard. First buy the headphones, then soundcard or DAC, then an amp. The 0202 and 0404 do have preamps in them also.

If you want another pair of cans to consider, the HD555 are in your price range and many people like them.
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post #9 of 52
Either the HD555 or A700's or AD700's. If you can try them, do it. I tried the HD555's and didn't really like them, but I love my AD700's.
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MS-1's are allesandro?
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