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I was looking for some advice on a new headset and was wondering what you guys would recommend.
First off I am using an Asus Xonar Essence STX and would prefer that it is compatible with that, I want to avoid USB headsets since they seem to not even use my soundcard.
Second, I already own the Logitech G930's and I hate them, had nothing but issues with them since day 1.

Third, (and most likely the most skeptical of my requirements) is I would like to get a good, all around headset. I play games in surround, I watch bluray movies in surround and I am listening to music when doing homework and all other non gaming and movie watching things on my computer. So something that can be good with everything is preferred.

Fourth, It would be nice if it could work with PS3 as well but if the overall quality is superb and does not work with PS3 that is fine, I can compromise.
And finally, price is not really a huge issue, I cam comfortably go up to $300 and with some hesitation go over..

I am just sick of not having the sound quality match the rest of my rig, it is time for an upgrade and I would like to call upon you fine people to help me out.
Thanks!

Edit: I have done some research and the Astro A50's seem nice as long as you don't get the hardware problems that I've heard of some people getting.
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So I am a HUGE noob at audio and I have asked around here a couple times but I have a mini itx computer and my only pcie slot is occupied with a graphics card so I cannot get an internal sound card. I am looking into an external sound card and I have been recommended fiio a lot, I am looking at the fiio E07K and E17, does the price difference make sense for me who is probably never going to buy headphones that cost more than $250. ALSO I don't mind if I get a different product, as the portability of these fiio is not what I care much about, if it's 10x bigger I don't mind as long as it is good. It will only ever be plugged into my desktop or laptop but 99% just my desktop.

ATM I am just using a JVC HA-RX700 but I will be buying better headphones down the road.

ALSO (dont kill me!) I for the most part just listen to music on youtube as I move from song to song and I am wondering if I will experience any better listening quality going from onboard sound and my current headset to an external sound card and more expensive headset.

sorry for being the second person to ask a question in a row. redface.gif

My main thing right now is getting better bass and I see these fiio have bass boosting so that will help wonders as I listen to hip/hop.
 
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I have a set of HA-RX700 and they're pretty decent all-rounders. Their bass is actually decent as well. With that set, I'm not sure how it would respond to a bass boost like my E11 has, but I can't see it being beneficial like it has been for my DT770's. And also, with your main source being from YouTube, buying headphones or amps higher than what you have before buying CDs or music from somewhere in decent quality is just shooting yourself in the foot.
 
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That is what I thought tongue.gif
 
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Nowadays, YouTube uses 192 kbps AAC for 720p and higher video. If a video is recent and was uploaded with lossless audio (which is very frequently not the case), the audio could be pretty high quality. ~192 AAC may not be perceptually transparent with some (or more) real-world music samples, but it's not like a travesty.

HA-RX700 is not bad, but I would upgrade that before anything else in terms of audio equipment. And find a different source of music, possibly.
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So I am a HUGE noob at audio and I have asked around here a couple times but I have a mini itx computer and my only pcie slot is occupied with a graphics card so I cannot get an internal sound card. I am looking into an external sound card and I have been recommended fiio a lot, I am looking at the fiio E07K and E17, does the price difference make sense for me who is probably never going to buy headphones that cost more than $250. ALSO I don't mind if I get a different product, as the portability of these fiio is not what I care much about, if it's 10x bigger I don't mind as long as it is good. It will only ever be plugged into my desktop or laptop but 99% just my desktop.

ATM I am just using a JVC HA-RX700 but I will be buying better headphones down the road.

ALSO (dont kill me!) I for the most part just listen to music on youtube as I move from song to song and I am wondering if I will experience any better listening quality going from onboard sound and my current headset to an external sound card and more expensive headset.

sorry for being the second person to ask a question in a row. redface.gif

My main thing right now is getting better bass and I see these fiio have bass boosting so that will help wonders as I listen to hip/hop.

I have the E07K with a pair of HFI 580s and the FiiO's EQ can make a huge (appreciable) difference for bass.

I haven't tried any higher quality Ext DAC/amp combo but the E07K works for me. Only one complaint but ... eh. For portability, the line-out cable by FiiO isn't easily usable tongue.gif
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Anywhere I can listen to high quality music online without buying and downloading? Like listening to youtube music.

Legally of course, is there any site like that?
 
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Anywhere I can listen to high quality music online without buying and downloading? Like listening to youtube music.

Legally of course, is there any site like that?

Depends what kind of music ..
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Depends what kind of music ..
Rap, reggae, etc
 
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Sometimes you can find a high quality shoutcast stream.
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