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Ahoy guys and gals.

I want to upgrade my sound setup from my current Senn HD201/VIA onboard (Asus M4A79XTD) to something with a bit more power. I'm relatively happy with my headphones, I just feel that they lack volume in some games and don't have quite the bass punch I was used to with my HD437s (rebranded to HD407 now i think).

So I don't know what to do. I'm thinking about buying an Asus Xonar DG card which will hopefully bring out the bass in my headphones and add some quality, or I want to sell my current set and get a HD465 or HD202/212.

When advising, please keep in mind that my budget is limited to around 75% more than what the 201s cost new, and that I'm based in south africa so I'm limited to sennheiser, Razer and Steelseries basicly. Also, I mainly listen to metal and rock music, watch a lot of blu rays and play a lot of games of all genres.

Thanks, any and all recommendations welcome!
post #2 of 12
The most important aspect of sound is probably the headphone, you can upgrade the sound card with a cheaper headphone in the end once it hit its limit you will start to upgrade for new headphone. I prefer to get a better headphone that suit you more then later once you have more money you might want to get a sound card to enhance the music.

To pick is best for you to decide for yourself cause everyone hears differently and only if the headphone satisfy you the most.
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post #3 of 12
IMO the HD201's are good enough. A sound card would be the next logical step. You could always roll back some freqencies and enhance the bass wink.gif
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post #4 of 12
I would go for the ATH A700 and a Xonar DG. Not too far out there, but both budget friendly mid level components. The A700s will give you some more bottom end, while the DG has a built in amp to help push the cans.

Better prices:
[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATH-A700-Audio-Technica-Headphones/dp/B000E9VKUQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1295272829&sr=8-1"]Amazon.com: Audio Technica ATH-A700 Headphones: Electronics[/ame]

[ame="http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-Sound-Card-Xonar-DG/dp/B0045JHJSS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1295272877&sr=1-1"]Amazon.com: ASUS Sound Card Xonar DG: Electronics[/ame]
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sound card would be best bet.
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post #6 of 12
Well I myself see it this way:

Source --> amp (or not) --> headphone.

When you've got a ****ty source (read soundcard) you'll have ****ty sound. For anyone I would say: change source.

But since your on a budget, you likely won't be able to buy a soundcard that really makes a difference compared to onboard. So buy a headphone since that will make a bigger difference than changing soundcard for you.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Djankie;12041728 
Well I myself see it this way:

Source --> amp (or not) --> headphone.

When you've got a ****ty source (read soundcard) you'll have ****ty sound. For anyone I would say: change source.

But since your on a budget, you likely won't be able to buy a soundcard that really makes a difference compared to onboard. So buy a headphone since that will make a bigger difference than changing soundcard for you.

what? onboard is piss poor... a soundcard would be better than onboard.
you can pic up a decent enough soundcard for not tooooo much money.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by GlockZoR IV;12041746 
what? onboard is piss poor... a soundcard would be better than onboard.
you can pic up a decent enough soundcard for not tooooo much money.

edit: didn't mean onboard but "Creative Audigy Value" (in OP rig signature).
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IMO..
I'll get a new sound card..
which in turn will make your headphones sound like new .. tongue.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Djankie;12041728 
When you've got a ****ty source (read soundcard) you'll have ****ty sound. For anyone I would say: change source.

THISTHISTHIS.
Buy a new sound card. Once you have some more cash, invest in new headphones.
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