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Heyo

Gonna be used mostly for music and movies. Been listening to a lot of eletronica lately...

I've been looking at the m50s and denon ah d1000s but don't really know where to start with sound cards.

Total budget is US$200-300 and main concern is comfort because I will probably be wearing them everyday for 6+ hours at a time.

Thanks!
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I have Beyerdinamic DT 880s and they are really comfortable...I would go for a good pair of headphones and later on add a AMP/DAC or a sound card with APM...like Xonar STX...

Check the head fi site...awesome people with a lot of knowledge...
http://www.head-fi.org/products/category/headphones
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My recommendation is slightly over budget but if you look at the quality of choice, it's worth the extra 22 bucks or so.

Go with a Xonar STX (122 http://www.overclock.net/online-deal...ce-stx-st.html)

And buy the Denon D1100s.

Should come to around 322 dollars.
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tbh, I'd really go more towards spending money on the headphones than the source in this instance. However it really depends on your future upgrading, for example, new headphones come out all the time as opposed to soundcards. If you are willing to upgrade later, go ST / STX + headphone, otherwise if it's more 'I want the best overall sound for my cash now', then invest more in the headphones than the source.
post #6 of 13
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Thoughts on what Komdor said and just get a 200-250 pair of cans and holding the sound card or DAC off till later?

Thanks for the input so far guys.

Also, I wear glasses if that changes any of yalls suggestions. Again comfort is the most important!! (aside from the sound quality obv)
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Thoughts on what Komdor said and just get a 200-250 pair of cans and holding the sound card or DAC off till later?

Thanks for the input so far guys.

Also, I wear glasses if that changes any of yalls suggestions. Again comfort is the most important!! (aside from the sound quality obv)
I would suggest the same thing. I think it's better to get better cans before a better sound card. There's no point of wearing a cheap pair skull candy headphones with a $200 sound card.
    
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post #8 of 13
get the m50s! they are AMAZING! i have mine plugged into an old yamaha receiver and its one of the best upgrades I've EVER made coming from skullcandies xD but yea get the 130$ m50s and maybe a 200$ DAC

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I would suggest the same thing. I think it's better to get better cans before a better sound card. There's no point of wearing a cheap pair skull candy headphones with a $200 sound card.
I'm inclined to disagree. While getting nice headphones is great and you SHOULD typically get them around or before a nice sound card, the sound card can help almost any headphones sound better. The headphones will only shine as bright as the source.

For instance, AD700s on onboard is a terrible boring experience.

AD700s on a sound card is on a whole new level. Almost anyone that's had headphones with on board and then moved onto a sound card will tell you the same.

I think the Denon D1100's are difficult to beat for his price range and music tastes. Who knows how long this deal on the ST/STX will last, so he should jump on it while it's 2/3's the price normally (66 dollars or so off total price).

He really won't have to upgrade source in the future unless he moves up to really high end headphones.

But what do you all offer him in the 200-250 dollar range that fits his music tastes and is better than Denon 1100s?
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