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Hello everyone!

First post in the audio section, just came by to get some recommendations for some future purchases.

I have been using my onboard sound for a while now and I am ready to step up to something better. I have a set of Swans M10's I use during the day and have been using a set of HD 201's during the night when I can't let the rest of the house hear my movies/music/games ect.

I have been very pleased my the m10's due to the low cost (got them for $88 shipped last year) and their ability to sound good with all of my music (something most desktop speaker systems usually suck at, with overly loud muddy bass.), along with packing enough punch for movies/games.

My hd 201's just bit the dust....or should I say...I tripped on the cord and ripped the jack from the end of them......

So I am in need of new headphones, a new soundcard that can work well with my m10's and said headphones, and possibly a cheap headphone amp.

Budget is as cheap as I can while still sounding good all the way up to $300. I know its easy to spend a fortune on sound equipment, I just need some help balancing out the amount I spend on the soundcard vs the heaphones.

Also to prevent future unfortunate incidences involving tripping and ripping cords from their jacks ...I am planning on purchasing one of these in black, unless anyone else has any better suggestions.
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post #2 of 12
music tastes? How do you intend to use the headphone?
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I listen to a large variety of music. Rock, rap, classical, pop, basically everything. I like my music to sound crisp and accurate more than muddy, loud and inaccurate if you understand what I mean...

I plan on using them for everything from listening to music, to gaming and watching movies. Music would probably be the biggest concern for me, as for movies and gaming I usually use my speakers.
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ultrasone hfi580,680,780 << got clear bass ^^
not too good for "audiophile vocal", and i think it's kind of allrounder for ur genre IMO
(i use hfi580) ^^
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Originally Posted by sugiik View Post
ultrasone hfi580,680,780 << got clear bass ^^
not too good for "audiophile vocal", and i think it's kind of allrounder for ur genre IMO
(i use hfi580) ^^
How to the 780s compare to the
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Quote:
Originally Posted by CRosko42 View Post
How to the 780s compare to the ath-m50s
Well, with that budget, I don't think you should get the M50.
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post #7 of 12
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Ok so the 780's for headphones and what about the sound card? And would an amp be needed?
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post #8 of 12
I just got an HT Omega Claro Halo and I love it. There is an integrated headphone amp and it sounds wonderful (I am using A700s). I also liked my Auzentech Forte which also has a headphone amp but it died and their customer service still hasn't replied after months and multiple attempts to get an RMA.

The 780s probably don't need an amp being 35 ohms.
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post #9 of 12
I've always thought of this as a pretty good deal, very nice sound card, Plus some decent cans; IMO.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829132018

High budget wise though.

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post #10 of 12

get the

with a cheap sound like the
Xonar Dg that has a built-in amp. They're better than drugs(besides meth, meth rules)
I might be a little bias because i have both of those but i love them
Very nice setup for the price. I also came from the hd201's. Switched like a month ago, beautiful upgrade
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