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Why not both?
I have my PC hooked into my VSX-517K, but I also use a pair of crappy headphones!
I need to get a nice new pair, haven't found a set I like enough yet to pull the trigger.
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post #22 of 31
Quote:
Originally Posted by amstech View Post
Why not both?
I have my PC hooked into my VSX-517K, but I also use a pair of crappy headphones!
I need to get a nice new pair, haven't found a set I like enough yet to pull the trigger.
Did you considered his budget?


Quote:
Originally Posted by xaborus View Post
Headphones will always offer better audio quality for the money. MUCH better, unless you really know your stuff about room acoustics and have a TON of money (at least $10,000).

Headphones aren't effected by room acoustics, and have much less material costs, so more money goes to the "sound" (drivers).

In your budget, i would recommend audio-technica M50's. A forum favorite of Head-fi.org (an audiophile forum). You will find no better headphones in your price range for the style of music your looking into. Don't be fooled by the name, these aren't off-brand headphones, they are professional headphones. They make any bose or "beats" (or any other "high end" consumer level headphone) sound like utter crap.

They have a neutral sound, which is great for studio monitoring, yet with a slight emphasis on bass.

You can read some reviews here on amazon, but i recommend buying them at B&H. B&H photo is the Newegg of audiophiles.

Protip: Stay away from bose, monster beats, or any other consumer level audio equipment.

The M50's are comfortable and extremely well built as well.

Don't worry, this is coming from a 16 year old with $200 DT990's and a Xonar ST. Built my first computer at 14. I know what I'm talking about.

Enjoy

EDIT: P.S. Just letting you know, if you start getting interested in headphones and are looking to upgrade from closed headphones to open headphones, look for "sound stage" in headphones. Its like surround sound.. but better, from regular stereo.
Just because you came from Head-Fi doesn't mean you know everything. Yeah, you build a PC when you were 14...What's that suppose to prove? I build one when I was 11, is that suppose to prove anything too? Having a DT990 and a Xonar ST doesn't mean anything too. I'm not trying to insult you but recommending a headphone doesn't take that much words.
Edited by FearSC549 - 12/23/10 at 12:36pm
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post #23 of 31
Quote:
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Headphones will always offer better audio quality for the money. MUCH better, unless you really know your stuff about room acoustics and have a TON of money (at least $10,000).
OT but wow, that's a dumb statement. With about $650 into my audio rig (MSRP would be closer to $1300 but I'm a good shopper) I'm content with how my speakers sound, and I feel no need to upgrade. Coming from headphones I couldn't be happier. If you like listening to Chesky demonstration recordings, and analyzing your music rather than listening to it, headphones are a great option. But you really can't beat the sense of space and liveliness that speakers bring.

And I can think of several options off the top of my head under $200 that will CRUSH any xonar card.

However this is just me trying to clear up some misinformation. Headphones are definitely your best option. Just don't expect to go "audiophile" for under $100. The M50s are a great recommendation.
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post #24 of 31
if you can swing $13 more then i recommend these [LINK]. i however haven't heard the M50's so i can't compare them.
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post #25 of 31
Speakers can be great but on your budget I'd say get some good headphones. Also, you don't have to go with a internal sound card. For a lot of setups a external dac+amp is significantly better.
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post #26 of 31
Depends if you can bang your speakers loud all day or not. I personally prefer a 2.1 system though over headphones though.
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I can blast the music and stuff no problem, I'm just wondering where I'd get a better bang for my buck?
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post #28 of 31
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So in conclusion I will get a better bang for my buck if I buy headphones over speakers with the same budget?
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post #29 of 31
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So in conclusion I will get a better bang for my buck if I buy headphones over speakers with the same budget?
Mostly yes
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post #30 of 31
oh btw, it is a total myth that the M50 is balanced sounding btw. A lot of popular studio headphones aren't at all:



I added the T1 as a baseline for balanced (not perfect but close). balanced in headphones is not a flatline like in speakers due to the effect of the pinna.
i.e. the M50 and DT770 is bass emphasised, the MDR7506 is mid focused and bass recessed.

The Xonar cards are very good value for money. Anyway, headphone are better than speakers value for money wise until the $350 mark really and then it's basically even.

Also hotdog, it you are doing an editing suite, why are you using a 20" TN panel monitor?
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