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Best headphones and soundcard for under £60

post #1 of 4
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I've been using awful via onboard sound for far too long now , and my sennheiser hd 201s are starting to fall apart. I've got about £60 to sort both.

So far for sound cards, there are plenty of soundblaster live cards on ebay for around £10, or I could get a brand new xonar dg for about £25. Is it worth the difference in price, or are there even better soundcards for this sort of money, I don't mind if they are used.

As for headphones, before anyone even suggests, the senheiser 555's are way out of my entire budget. ive seen them crop up everywhere on the internet, but they are much more expensive than they used to be .

I did see a thread somewhere somewhat similar to this, but it was a few years ago, and these came up, the audio-technica ATH-M40fs, and the JVC HARX700. The great thing about these, are that they have fallen, not risen in price, and I can get them for around the £40 mark.

I want headphones that are well made, and have nice sound. I don't like noise cancellation or sound leakage.
     
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post #2 of 4
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Can someone move this to sound cards and computer audio. When I posted this, i thought there was a section like it, but couldn't find it, so I posted it here.
     
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post #3 of 4
Yes, the sound card will matter. Xonar DG vs SB Live, there's no contest. If you spend 25 on the sound card, you only got 35 left for headphones, which isn't a lot. I'd recommend you to boost your budget. Also, what are your music choices? Is it going to be used for gaming?
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post #4 of 4
Sound card and headphones. Ehh.. :/

Personally I'd say you save a little bit more. There's no point spending now and having useless hardware when you want to upgrade again. Get a Xonar DX/D1 and a pair of JVC HA-RX700/900's. It'll cost you max around the £100 mark.
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