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Honestly I think you should start with less expensive equipment and work your way up. You get much more experience that way and you'll know what you want when you actually can spend a ton of money on audio.

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Honestly I think you should start with less expensive equipment and work your way up. You get much more experience that way and you'll know what you want when you actually can spend a ton of money on audio.

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I think this is a great comment. I don't think I would appreciate the audio equipment I have now any where near as much if I hadn't owned several speakers/headphones/amps before them.

You might be spending way more money than is necessary, plenty of people are happy with a soundcard and a <$100 pair of headphones.
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post #13 of 44
My HD600 compared to PC350 sound wrong with just only e7 and a X-Fi Fatality card. You want archief 300 omps to get the HD650 to full potential.
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I think this is a great comment. I don't think I would appreciate the audio equipment I have now any where near as much if I hadn't owned several speakers/headphones/amps before them.

You might be spending way more money than is necessary, plenty of people are happy with a soundcard and a <$100 pair of headphones.
As a student I always think things through before I buy stuff, seeing as I can only spend this kind of money like once a year. I know for sure that if I bought a pair for 100$, I'd soon be wanting more and drooling over the HD 650 and eventually end up spending a whole lot more.
I bet I'll appreciate it A LOT after being stuck with a Steelseries Sibera and 2$ ear-buds from Hong Kong.
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Here is what I see, if you love rock music and gaming you probably better off with the Beyer Dynamics DT880/990 headphone as for how they sounds visited this page.

I see you want to fully utilize the HD650 that is the wrong statement, people using 2000 dollars amp and DAC to run the HD650 the better you feed it the better it received it.

As for budget consensus I highly recommended the Fiio E7/E9 combo to drive the headphone is 200 dollars right as the price line of HT Omega Halo and Asus Xonar STX, I own the HT Omega Claro Plus pair it up with my HD650 is decent but not enough to make it shine. On the other hand the Fiio E7/E9 can bring the better side of the HD650 for a reasonable price.

Check Ebay cause you don't have to pay 500 dollars for the headphone I got it for $330 off authorized dealer such as Razor Dog, Unique Square. If you are in the US you can call J&R for price match as well.
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Here is what I see, if you love rock music and gaming you probably better off with the Beyer Dynamics DT880/990 headphone as for how they sounds visited this page.

I see you want to fully utilize the HD650 that is the wrong statement, people using 2000 dollars amp and DAC to run the HD650 the better you feed it the better it received it.

As for budget consensus I highly recommended the Fiio E7/E9 combo to drive the headphone is 200 dollars right as the price line of HT Omega Halo and Asus Xonar STX, I own the HT Omega Claro Plus pair it up with my HD650 is decent but not enough to make it shine. On the other hand the Fiio E7/E9 can bring the better side of the HD650 for a reasonable price.

Check Ebay cause you don't have to pay 500 dollars for the headphone I got it for $330 off authorized dealer such as Razor Dog, Unique Square. If you are in the US you can call J&R for price match as well.
I don't "love" rock music, I mostly listen to electronic. If I went with the E7/E9 combo, wouldn't I also need a sound card, optimally? Can you recommend any?

I'm not in the US.
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I don't "love" rock music, I mostly listen to electronic. If I went with the E7/E9 combo, wouldn't I also need a sound card, optimally? Can you recommend any?

I'm not in the US.
no the E7 is a sound card or DAC youll be connecting it through usb so no sound card is need inside your system, the E9 is an amp
post #18 of 44
Have you listened to the 650 yet? Although some might say it's better to go lower end first I wouldn't discourage you from jumping to the 650 as long as you've personally heard it. It's a real winner for people who prefer a relaxed sound. As far as amping goes, the 650 will definitely need plenty of power. I would definitely look into a DAC/amp, it is useless getting the 650s without either. The E7/E9 combo listed above is a good choice, although I probably would go in some other directions personally. You will NOT need an internal soundcard with the DAC/amp, it does all the processing itself (you will need a USB or optical connection from the computer).
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Have you listened to the 650 yet? Although some might say it's better to go lower end first I wouldn't discourage you from jumping to the 650 as long as you've personally heard it. It's a real winner for people who prefer a relaxed sound. As far as amping goes, the 650 will definitely need plenty of power. I would definitely look into a DAC/amp, it is useless getting the 650s without either. The E7/E9 combo listed above is a good choice, although I probably would go in some other directions personally. You will NOT need an internal soundcard with the DAC/amp, it does all the processing itself (you will need a USB or optical connection from the computer).
I agree. Before you shell out $400 for a new headphone, you really should listen to it first or you might suffer serious buyer's remorse. Of course, most of the headphones made by Sennheiser would be better than the Siberia you have now. It's your call after all but the HD650 is a serious headphone and will most likely end up costing you far more than just $400 for the headphone.
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Honestly I think you should start with less expensive equipment and work your way up. You get much more experience that way and you'll know what you want when you actually can spend a ton of money on audio.

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I can't say I agree. I think most would spend less in the long run over comparing equipment that gives the user more appreciation of what's better. If I'm getting car tires I'm not buying cheap ones to earn experience and learn what I want after.

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Alright. I'll likely spend around the 500$ for the headphones alone, unless I can find them cheaper somewhere.
I'd like you to suggest the additional parts (DAC/amp/sound card/whatever I need) that'll provide me with the best possible sound quality for the following price. Budget excluding headphones: 300$ +-, I don't care about an additional 50-100 dollar price difference, if it means significantly better sound quality.

The refurbished card isn't really an option since, as far as I know, the site doesn't ship outside the US.
Best case would be what the previous suggested, No.4, a vintage pioneer or advent receiver, price would vary. If you have 800-1.5k to spend then there's more wiggle room for a solid external dac/amp combo.

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Here is what I see, if you love rock music and gaming you probably better off with the Beyer Dynamics DT880/990 headphone as for how they sounds visited this page.
Having owned a few of these headphones I don't really agree with somes' assessment on which is better for rock vs other genres. But then it's all subjective anyways. Overall the HD650 is a good starting place for many, so are the DT880s.
    
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