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what is the optimal source? Sorry for my noobishness just a beginner in this field of computing
Lossless.
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post #12 of 40
what's your total budget OP? there's no point 'blind recommending' really.
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Sennheiser HD 201 can buy them from 15-20$.

For the price compared to performace its amazying. These things sound great for music and games.

It has surround sound effect in it, even though its stereo, so if your playing counterstrike you can hear where shots are being fired more precisely.

And this also adds to music sounding better.

Ive had mine for about 2 years and it still works, and ive abused it alot.
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Originally Posted by chinesekiwi View Post
what's your total budget OP? there's no point 'blind recommending' really.
Below 100 USD please read first post

I think I'm going with RX700s and I'll mod them because I don't see myself buying MP3s/CDs/FLACs/Vinyls etc. anytime soon. So do audiophiles seriously listen to Vinyls or what?
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post #15 of 40
do you need isolation from outside noise?
With that budget, you can afford better.
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I know I can afford better but if you read the first post I don't think I need better, I'm not trying to be surly but if possible spending below $50 seems like a great plan to me as cash is really tight right now (actually it's always tight).
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post #17 of 40
Well, I'd go the Samson SR850

http://cgi.ebay.com/SAMSON-SR850-STU...ht_1016wt_1139

Best sub $50 headphone. Really.
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can i buy from somewhere other than ebay? and are there mods i can do? Will I need a sound card?
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post #19 of 40
Quote:
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Mmm... HDMI I suppose...Optical next. High quality external DACs/receivers after. All of which are STRONGLY suggested you stay away from because you have no need for it.

The RX700s are the best buy for you. You can even modify them if you feel so inclined to improve your headphones.

That along with Vinyl, CDs, WAVs, FLAC...all of which are the highest quality in that order. Even 320kbps V0 MP3's are acceptable.

FLAC bitrate is like 700+ typically (can be lower and can be 1500+). CD's are even higher.

What you're listening to streamed is typically 128kbps. Many times less. Rarely more.
Pandora One actually has a "high quality" setting which is 192kb/s bitrate and it is quite listenable, especially considering that it is radio. Its only $36 a year and has some nice features.

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Originally Posted by joelmartinez View Post
can i buy from somewhere other than ebay? and are there mods i can do? Will I need a sound card?
Of course you can buy elsewhere, Amazon and Newegg are both popular sites to purchase electronics from.

If I were you I would definitely buy a sound card, even a low end card will be better than your onboard and produce noticeably better audio. To save money I'd try to find a nice, used card on eBay such as this. (Note this is the XtremeMusic, NOT XtremeAudio.) You'd be better off with a low-end sound card and low-end headphones as opposed to notsolowendbutstilllowend-headphones and no sound card. The XtremeMusic is still a really nice sound card and would be quite the steal if you can get it for around $25.
Edited by Zulli85 - 4/11/11 at 9:42am
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1. Can't afford pandora one (without sacrificing other upgrades)
2. What about asus xonar cards I heard they are better quality than creative, I want to buy an open box one from newegg eventually
3. what is better about the samson than the jvc for my uses (described in OP)
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