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QC-15s feel really nice and do a good job noise canceling, idk about sound quality.
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Originally Posted by Phoriver;12175618 
I'd go with a pair of DT770s but you'll need an amp to get the most out of them tho.

Would a amp be recommended for the DT880's as well?

Could I get an amp recommendation for the headphones as well then? Remember, I am not trying to blow my ears out and I am just trying to get the best out of some headphones.

I'd say:
250-300 for headphones
100?? for an amp (I am not sure of the price ranges on these, if needed)
150 for sound card (if needed)
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Didn't read all the replies but if you need soundcard and amp for headphones = Asus ST or STX; a lot of people say thats a great performer for the money. I just bought that (yesterday)
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If you're prepared to pay those prices, those look like pretty good ratios.

The 770s have more bass than the DT880s but I would have to say, to me, the 880s are a cut above the 770s, some people like them though.

If you're going all out on a head-fi system then I would look in to the HD600s. They're great, and work with just about anything. I wouldn't trade them for anything in the same price bracket. My DT880s went bye-bye when I got them. But again, some people prefer the DT880s to the HD600.

There's also the option of buying a set up with the DT880s just now then buying a bassier pair later on, or vice-versa.

The Ultrasone Pro series are about the best for bass around this price-point.

You may also want to have a look on eBay/Head-fi for used pairs of headphones already burned in at a much cheaper price.

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Originally Posted by NorCa;12178237 
Didn't read all the replies but if you need soundcard and amp for headphones = Asus ST or STX; a lot of people say thats a great performer for the money. I just bought that (yesterday)

Depends on his budget. Sounds like he may be able to go the DAC and independent Amp route. Depends on headphone choice too.
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Originally Posted by MintMouse;12178329 
If you're prepared to pay those prices, those look like pretty good ratios.

The 770s have more bass than the DT880s but I would have to say, to me, the 880s are a cut above the 770s, some people like them though.

If you're going all out on a head-fi system then I would look in to the HD600s. They're great, and work with just about anything. I wouldn't trade them for anything in the same price bracket. My DT880s went bye-bye when I got them. But again, some people prefer the DT880s to the HD600.

I will compare those two
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There's also the option of buying a set up with the DT880s just now then buying a bassier pair later on, or vice-versa.

The Ultrasone Pro series are about the best for bass around this price-point.

You may also want to have a look on eBay/Head-fi for used pairs of headphones already burned in at a much cheaper price.

i am not worried about the bass as much as the overall sound

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Depends on his budget. Sounds like he may be able to go the DAC and independent Amp route. Depends on headphone choice too.

what is DAC?

thank you all for your suggestions thus far!
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I would highly recommend the BeyerDynamic DT990's. They are overall better sound quality compared to the 880's. Tighter bass, higher highs, and pleasant Mids. They can be had for around $250-$300. I was able to get mine on sale at amazon for $179 for the 250 ohm version. If you don't want to buy an amp, go for the 32 ohm version. I Paired mine with a xonar essence STX and i will never go back to my Sennheiser HD485's.

Games are much more emmersive. I can pinpoint people walking/running and shooting without using eyes. Explosions and background noise is really brought out because of them and probably because of sound card as well.
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I would highly recommend the BeyerDynamic DT990's. They are overall better sound quality compared to the 880's. Tighter bass, higher highs, and pleasant Mids. They can be had for around $250-$300. I was able to get mine on sale at amazon for $179 for the 250 ohm version. If you don't want to buy an amp, go for the 32 ohm version. I Paired mine with a xonar essence STX and i will never go back to my Sennheiser HD485's.

Games are much more emmersive. I can pinpoint people walking/running and shooting without using eyes. Explosions and background noise is really brought out because of them and probably because of sound card as well.

what would you recommend for amp? i assume i should get a sound card as well...what would you suggest for that as well? (for the dt990's/hd600's)

i like the looks of the dt990
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what would you recommend for amp? i assume i should get a sound card as well...what would you suggest for that as well? (for the dt990's/hd600's)

i like the looks of the dt990

You are definitely going to want a proper amp and source for this project..and that can be achieved via the ASUS Xonar Essence STX or ST like others have suggested. It will power up to 600 ohms as well as giving you a great source compared to onboard. Make sure you factor that into your budget and then worry about the cans after that. Trust me, if you blow your entire budget on cans and neglect amp/source they will sound horrible tongue.gif
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You are definitely going to want a proper amp and source for this project..and that can be achieved via the ASUS Xonar Essence STX or ST like others have suggested. It will power up to 600 ohms as well as giving you a great source compared to onboard. Make sure you factor that into your budget and then worry about the cans after that. Trust me, if you blow your entire budget on cans and neglect amp/source they will sound horrible tongue.gif

This seems to be both an amp and sound card. if that is the case then it would fit my budget.

so far i am liking the dt990 and xonar essence stx. would there be anything else i need?
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Originally Posted by HaiLKroniK;12182027 
This seems to be both an amp and sound card. if that is the case then it would fit my budget.

so far i am liking the dt990 and xonar essence stx. would there be anything else i need?

The STX/ST + Headphones will be all you need for a starter setup. As far as which headphones you choose I'll leave that up to everyone else, just wanted to make sure you were factoring in source and amp (and yes it is both) smile.gif

Edit: On a side note, you should really find a local audio store or listening room and go listen to some cans..it is a big investment and there are a lot of cans out there..and they all have different sound signatures really..it can vary a lot. Hearing goes a looong way, so if you have the time/resources, check out a listening room.
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