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DAC is considered the best, mainly because internal sound cards can still pick up interference from your power supply voltage oscillation, your other various component's capacitors and transitors. The inside of your computer case is a very noisy place, using a DAC with a USB, Coax, or Optical digital signal, takes the digital sound away from the inside of your computer case and processes it to a digital signal externally.
My biggest piece of advice to you before hitting that "Checkout" button is to go audition these pieces of equipment. Take songs with you that you know well, and listen to them in the store using their demo setups, mind you stores that have DAC's and Headphone amps for sale are few and far between, but there are a lot of stores that sell high-end headphones that have demo booths setup and most of them would be more than willing to let you plug in your own audio source to listen to some music to see if you like a certain pair of cans more than another.
    
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DAC is considered the best, mainly because internal sound cards can still pick up interference from your power supply voltage oscillation, your other various component's capacitors and transitors. The inside of your computer case is a very noisy place, using a DAC with a USB, Coax, or Optical digital signal, takes the digital sound away from the inside of your computer case and processes it to a digital signal externally.
My biggest piece of advice to you before hitting that "Checkout" button is to go audition these pieces of equipment. Take songs with you that you know well, and listen to them in the store using their demo setups, mind you stores that have DAC's and Headphone amps for sale are few and far between, but there are a lot of stores that sell high-end headphones that have demo booths setup and most of them would be more than willing to let you plug in your own audio source to listen to some music to see if you like a certain pair of cans more than another.
ok very cool. Is there a certain DAC that you guys recommend for the AHD2000s though?
    
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Well, I've listed a couple in my post (I think. I made some revisions and retyped the whole thing once). Onkyo would be best. Denon has good ones but are expensive. Marantz are also expensive. Pioneer isn't doing good. Yamaha is pretty respectable. Sherwood is just hit or miss for their systems. Some suck, some are great. I would go for Onkyo or Marantz. You may be concerned about the RMS but here's an example. I'm choosing between the Onkyo TX-8050 (stereo) and the Onkyo TX-NR509 (Audio/Video). If you look at the specifications, they both have 160w for 4ohms. If you look at the stereo receiver, it says 80w/channel. If you look at the AV for specific (Front, center, and surround), it all says 80w/channel, not 100w/channel for dynamic. That means they're basically the same.

Edit- wow, ninja'd twice. A DAC is just a DAC. A sound card has a DAC. A receiver has a DAC. DACs only convert from digital to analog. If you really want to go for an external DAC, I would go for the Maverick Audio TubeMagic D1. It has a built in amp.
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post #104 of 139
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I just want a solid reason to out smart this kid because I know analog with a soundcard is way better than his G35, its just I am not much of a audiophile so I can't support it with solid eveidence.

But also my question... 2.1 vs 7.1 for gaming... all headphones are stereo its just the gimmick 7.1 headphones are virtual. I think 2.1 is the best imo...
Not all headphones are stereo, you can get phones with multiple drivers placed inside them, to get surround.

But, listen to "Vitrual barbershop" and you'll see that it doesn't matter at all, stereo can provide perfect surround in headphones because, believe it or not, we only have two ears to hear with.
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Not all headphones are stereo, you can get phones with multiple drivers placed inside them, to get surround.

But, listen to "Vitrual barbershop" and you'll see that it doesn't matter at all, stereo can provide perfect surround in headphones because, believe it or not, we only have two ears to hear with.
Yup. Virtual Barbershop is awesome +1

I called guitar center and they said that if I come in on the 12th they would hook me up because one of the guys that work there is a gamer and he has a beast setup. He has the DT 770s in stock so I might go ahead and check those out because I will be able to hear what they sound like.
    
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Yup. Virtual Barbershop is awesome +1

I called guitar center and they said that if I come in on the 12th they would hook me up because one of the guys that work there is a gamer and he has a beast setup. He has the DT 770s in stock so I might go ahead and check those out because I will be able to hear what they sound like.
You see, this is the problem. You know virtually nothing about what you're going to buy and when you head into a store, some joker's gonna' sell you something you don't really want and is nowhere near "good" for what your money can buy you. This is why I recommended you do your research before walking in blindly and buying something you'll regret.

You have a lot of money to buy something that'll really amaze you, but unless you've heard what you're going to buy and unless you do research on what others have already heard and decided to buy and why they decided to buy it, you'll always be like someone walking into a car dealership, not knowing what car is good and someone sells you a piece of trash and you're happy with it now cuz you think you got what your money can afford, but you didn't.

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post #107 of 139
Don't know why you would recommend a receiver. So many unneeded features, why not get something specifically designed for quality headphone listening. You can bet most receivers are built with the headphone section as an afterthought.
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You see, this is the problem. You know virtually nothing about what you're going to buy and when you head into a store, some joker's gonna' sell you something you don't really want and is nowhere near "good" for what your money can buy you. This is why I recommended you do your research before walking in blindly and buying something you'll regret.

You have a lot of money to buy something that'll really amaze you, but unless you've heard what you're going to buy and unless you do research on what others have already heard and decided to buy and why they decided to buy it, you'll always be like someone walking into a car dealership, not knowing what car is good and someone sells you a piece of trash and you're happy with it now cuz you think you got what your money can afford, but you didn't.

/rant.
He said I can try the DT 770s in the store. He doesn't carry the AHD2000s in store because they are high end. I am trying to do my research but its hard to decide whats best for me :/
    
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post #110 of 139
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Receiver like I've said earlier. Again, stereo or AV, it's your choice.

Audio/Video Cons:
-Audio Quality compared to Stereo Receiver
Stereo Pros:
-Better audio quality

It's really stereo for sound and A/V for features.
stop with the disinformation thanks

there is no reason for a stereo receiver to sound any better than a surround receiver "just because"
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