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Hey guys,

I currently use a pair of UE Metro.Fi 170's for my iPod - I am going to be buying a Cowon J3 shortly and I thought a new pair of earbuds would be nice, as these are getting old and I think I've damaged them a little while at the gym, as the left bud cuts out occasionally - they're still in warranty so I can return them. Anyway, I was thinking definitely the sub$200 range (AUD) and preferably less than 150. What would be the best price/perf earbuds in that range?

I listen to metal, trance, and swing in FLAC (or rather, Apple Lossless atm). Weird I know

Secondly, I currently have a Razer Barracuda AC-1 soundcard. What is the quality of this soundcard? It's tons better than onboard, obviously, but I am curious as to how good it is. I have a pair of Razer Barracuda headphones as well, to go with it, but I seem to get a strange fuzz down the headphones at times.

Is this the soundcard or headphones? I have been considering new headphones - I like these but they get a bit uncomfortable, and the mic is very short. I'd need a mic attached to the headset - what is my best option here? I'd want reasonably cheap headphones, I can't afford to spend ridiculous amounts atm.

Thanks in advance
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just sift through this, it's pretty much the only thing you need
    
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Too much info D:

Need headphone suggestions too though, and some info regarding the quality of my soundcard
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Bump?
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I'd say get a better sound card. I'd recommend something around the lines of an Auzen X-fi Prelude (if you can find one), an X-Fi Forte, or something in the Asus Xonar series.

These are gonna sound way better than the Razer sound card.

I dont know what that does for your budget then, but I'd recommend some Monster Turbines. I was able to pick up a refurbed pair for $40 directly from Monster, so I gave them a chance and I was really impressed. They are quite bass heavy, but have great highs and mids. The only thing I dont like about them is that the stock flanges dont provide a great seal at time, and in this case they can sound really hollow. I've been trying to find some multi flanges to go with them, but havent found anything (although I havent really looked that hard)
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That'll utterly ruin my budget

I'll look into the turbines after reading that article a little more

What about computer headphones? Are the Barracudas fine?
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Bump... I'd still like some advice on computer headphones, or even just a solution to the sound fuzzing.
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