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I prefer straight to coiled and external DAC & amp. IMHO
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post #302 of 331
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Originally Posted by soloz2 View Post
I prefer straight to coiled and external DAC & amp. IMHO
Thanks.
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Originally Posted by HybridCore View Post
I need some help deciding on a couple things first...

Q1:Should I get the Audio-Technica ATH-M50s or the Audio-Technica ATH-M50? I know the s stands for straight cable and the original has a coiled cable (the straight is for stretching across a room and the coiled is for things close to you) but some people say the straight cable is better in terms of sound.

Q2:Sound card or external DAC? I was introduced to the external DAC a couple days ago and I was wondering, should I get an external DAC over a sound card (I looked at Head-Fi.org and they thought the Maverick Audio TubeMagic D1 was best)?

These are all the products I'm choosing from in my questions...

-Asus Xonar Essence STX (I heard it's the second best, right next to its older brother, the PCI version)
-Maverick Audio TubeMagic D1
-Audio-Technica ATH-M50s
-Audio-Technica ATH-M50

Thanks guys! My first question on Overclock.net (new member)!
I HIGHLY doubt that. It's a matter of preferences. Coiled is better for portability and durability. Straight for home use.
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post #304 of 331
Coiled it is. I don't think I want 11 ft of cable hanging from my table .
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post #305 of 331
Yeah, I have the ATH-M50s, and while I thought I was going to use that 9 feet or so of cable, I never did.... I probably should of listened to my friend, and got a coiled variant, instead.


Anyhow, I now have the mentioned ATH-M50s, and a NuForce uDAC2. I intend to get a small AT2020 (microphone) setup in the future. With a stand, pop filter (I am wondering if I can use one of my many useless Silverstone 120mm fan air filters laying around for this...?), mic, and shock mount, it should come to around 150usd (using the USB version of the AT2020).

That's all I have, for now. Extreme long term is Denon 1911 reciever to pair with a HD5550 I have for my HTPC (in my experience, AMD setups have more fine control and options [and overall are better, IMO] than nVidia HTPC setups, so far).
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post #306 of 331
nothing much, probably get some OPA2107 opamps to try them out.
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I was thinking two KRK 6" Studio Monitors (RP6-G2) connected through my new soundcard (Xonar Essence STX/ST) later on
     
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post #308 of 331
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Originally Posted by HybridCore View Post
I need some help deciding on a couple things first...

Q1:Should I get the Audio-Technica ATH-M50s or the Audio-Technica ATH-M50? I know the s stands for straight cable and the original has a coiled cable (the straight is for stretching across a room and the coiled is for things close to you) but some people say the straight cable is better in terms of sound.

Q2:Sound card or external DAC? I was introduced to the external DAC a couple days ago and I was wondering, should I get an external DAC over a sound card (I looked at Head-Fi.org and they thought the Maverick Audio TubeMagic D1 was best)?

These are all the products I'm choosing from in my questions...

-Asus Xonar Essence STX (I heard it's the second best, right next to its older brother, the PCI version)
-Maverick Audio TubeMagic D1
-Audio-Technica ATH-M50s
-Audio-Technica ATH-M50

Thanks guys! My first question on Overclock.net (new member)!
The cable isn't going to matter. DAC would probably be better for music depending on your tastes. Xonar would be leagues ahead for gaming. External DAC through USB can generate a significant amount of CPU usage.
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post #309 of 331
well, after using my uDAC2 for a while, and now seeing some of the reactions on head-fi recently, I'd now in the market for another DAC. I'd stuck inbetween one of the ASUS Xonar units and a HUD-MX1
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post #310 of 331
Got a nfb-12 instead.

sent from my PC with a keyboard
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