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So i have $300 and i want to get some high-end headphones.

These headphones will be used with the my desktop/mp3/laptop.

I will use them to listen to music(everything from rock/country/techno/classical/rap) play games( no hardcore fps or anything). Also for movies and such.

I am wondering is sound canceling really worth anything? I will be using these while studying and it would be nice if no one else can hear what im listing to, and i can hear no one too

I have been looking at the grados prestige, and maybe the ultratone Pro 750. Just me thought though, because i am really not an audiophile.

Thanks in advance!
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Does that include an amp or just the headphones?
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the budget must include amp if one is required. What are some good amps?
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A better source is always better than getting a dedicated amp. However for most music today there's really no reason for anything better than a sound card and a decent headphone. Many are lower than 100ohms anyways. The 750 you mentioned or the Denon 2ks are good enough for everyday use. Most people don't know what they want outputted in hifi audio anyways.
    
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I'd suggest going for a receiver with an integrated preamp and amp on a $300 budget. A good place to check for a reciever is your local thrift store. If you find one and it works 100% get it, otherwise you can invest in a newer receiver.

This will leave you with $250~ to spend on headphones, in which case I'd go with Sennhieser, Grado, Audio Technica, or Beyer Dynamic. The first two being open headphone brands and the last two being closed. Make your choice depending on if you want others to hear your music.

Hope this helps!
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I agree, source improvement is more likely to benefit than upgrading to an amp. Go to head-fi and a lot of guys say that amps are pretty overrated, unless you want to intentionally color the sound.
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I agree, source improvement is more likely to benefit than upgrading to an amp. Go to head-fi and a lot of guys say that amps are pretty overrated, unless you want to intentionally color the sound.
Many high end headphones have pretty large impedance (ie 300ohms). If you have a pair of high impedance headphones you will most defiantly require an amp if you want them to sound good.
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I agree, source improvement is more likely to benefit than upgrading to an amp. Go to head-fi and a lot of guys say that amps are pretty overrated, unless you want to intentionally color the sound.
amps aren't overrated but more than impact the sound less than say the output (headphones, speakers) or the source. Amplification is still an important part of the chain as they improve the quality of the signal. It's basically output then source then amplification. However of course if you spot a bargain, you get the bargain.
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