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meh, i think it's dumb spending 33% more on the source than the headphones, but maybe that's just me. for cheap speakers and cheap headphones, you should get a cheap soundcard. i don't mean that cheap is bad either.
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meh, i think it's dumb spending 33% more on the source than the headphones, but maybe that's just me. for cheap speakers and cheap headphones, you should get a cheap soundcard. i don't mean that cheap is bad either.
I would hardly consider HD555s or Swan D1080s cheap...
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they certainly aren't expensive. i didn't say they were bad. they're great for the money.
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they certainly aren't expensive. i didn't say they were bad. they're great for the money.
Initial comment still didnt make sense. At almost any pricepoint, the soundcard will cost more than a given setup. An average soundcard like an X-Fi soundblaster, will cost about twice as much as "average" headphones.
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that's because people are dumb. why spend $100 on a soundcard with a $30 headset?

i'm just saying the essence costs more than the headphones which doesn't seem worth it to me. a xonar dx or d1 or whatever the model is would be fine.
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that's because people are dumb. why spend $100 on a soundcard with a $30 headset?

i'm just saying the essence costs more than the headphones which doesn't seem worth it to me. a xonar dx or d1 or whatever the model is would be fine.
It never makes any sense. You ever look at stereophile, ht-hifi, s&v, etc reviews? $1,500 speakers, $5,000 CD player, $10,000 cables, $5,000 power amp, $5,000 pre-pro.

[Reviewer] I found the speakers were sensitive to source, and switched from speaker wire [A] to speaker wire [B] and the highs truly opened up. These speakers are truly revealing of the source... (typical 55 year old reviewer that can't even hear above 10 KHz)
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Yeah, I know. I hate reading "audiophile" publications
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that's because people are dumb. why spend $100 on a soundcard with a $30 headset?

i'm just saying the essence costs more than the headphones which doesn't seem worth it to me. a xonar dx or d1 or whatever the model is would be fine.
That's like saying why spend 50 $ on a hard drive with a 300 dollar CPU, the two components work in tandem, but one just costs more than the other... The prices aren't necessarily going to be equal to ensure no "bottlenecking" occurs.


e.g. Back in the LGA775 days, a very good processor with a very good motherboard would be 250 for the proc and 130 for the motherboard.
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what i'm saying is that your benefit in getting the essence vs the dx will be miniscule when paired with said headphones. if the headphones were harder to drive it'd be worth the additional money.

in regards to your analogies: if you spend $300 on an ssd vs $50 on a normal hard drive the benefits are much more noticeable with the ssd...if you wanted something fast. if you wanted a good overclocking mobo with all the slots and ports you needed then sure, spend the money. or stick with spending $60 on a normal crap mobo from ecs or asrock or whatever.
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