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Alright so let me start off by telling you guys, I am no professional or even an knowledgeable at sound equipment.

I would like to have a new setup that I can have, that will play loudly have alot of bass and be very cost effective. Most of my music already is 256/320Kbps or FLAC format and I'm not getting the full quality of it because of the improper equipment or should I say lack of it.

Currently my equipment is a Creative X-Fi (something one of their lower end cards from like the 2006 era? I don't know, it's decent for now I guess.) Razer Carcharias, and a new set of Z506 that I am awaiting from Logitech because of an RMA of my old X-540's.

I will mostly listening to music 70% of time, 20% gaming, and 10% watching movies. Thing is I want it to sound clear no matter what scenario and still hit hard, and I like bass too I'd like it to fill up my bedroom, which isn't that big it's 11'W x 10'L x 10'H. So I figured that AV-40's since I see mostly everyone recommend them for people who are in the same position as me. If pictures would help for my setup please let me know as I will upload some!

This setup will not be purchased all at once but over time it will be, so for a budget i'd like to keep it all under 600$USD W/O Shipping.

What I would like to have:
  • Speakers (AV-40s?)
  • A nice soundcard that will be future proof (Xonar STX?)
  • A nice set of headphones for night time (AD700s?)
  • A subwoofer to go along with my AV40s

Also what do those DAC's with the huge bulbs do? Do I need one of those? If there is anything that I am missing please let me know, and if someone could help me out over like an IM Client and answer the millions of questions I have that would be much appreciated!

EDIT: I forgot to mention I want to be able to hook up my PS3 to my speakers so I can switch between my PC and PS3.
Edited by HandGunPat - 4/20/11 at 5:21pm
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Those "DACs with huge bulbs" are amplifiers or DAC/Amp combos. They're tube amps more specifically for harder to drive headphones with higher impedance ratings.

You'll only need them if you're getting higher quality headphones with higher Imp.

IMO, I would gun for an external DAC rather than the Essence ST. Listening to 70% music makes it definitely worth it.

The AD700s are not the best headphones to listen to at night since everyone around you will be able to hear what you're listening to.

You can do better than AV40s+Subwoofer for your price range.

Off the top of my head I'd be looking at Swan MKII: 289.
MD-10 DAC(You can buy another if you want): 220

Then a pair of headphones for gaming like the AD700s or...well, whatever you want.

See if your speakers can plug into any of this stuff:

Edited by Simca - 4/20/11 at 5:27pm
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Those "DACs with huge bulbs" are amplifiers or DAC/Amp combos. They're tube amps more specifically for harder to drive headphones with higher impedance ratings.

You'll only need them if you're getting higher quality headphones with higher Imp.

IMO, I would gun for an external DAC rather than the Essence ST. Listening to 70% music makes it definitely worth it.

The AD700s are not the best headphones to listen to at night since everyone around you will be able to hear what you're listening to.

You can do better than AV40s+Subwoofer for your price range.

Off the top of my head I'd be looking at Swan MKII: 289.
MD-10 DAC(You can buy another if you want): 220

Then a pair of headphones for gaming like the AD700s or...well, whatever you want.
Isn't an External DAC mostly perferred for headphones and not speakers? I'd be listening to speakers about 90% of the time and the headphones about 10% of the time.

I can't find links to any of those products that you posted..

I don't mind people hearing the AD700s because it won't be as bad as the speakers at night so that's fine with me.

See OP for an Edit I added.
Edited by HandGunPat - 4/20/11 at 5:21pm
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Isn't an External DAC mostly perferred for headphones and not speakers? I'd be listening to speakers about 90% of the time and the headphones about 10% of the time.

I can't find links to any of those products that you posted..

I don't mind people hearing the AD700s because it won't be as bad as the speakers at night so that's fine with me.

See OP for an Edit I added.
you'll want an external DAC if you mostly listen to music doesn't matter whether you'll use speakers more then headphones or vice versa, in my opinion get some bookshelfs rather then monitors for listening to music you can save quite a bit if you look for good used speakers and an amp/receiver which lets you spend more on headphones.
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Buy from the trader section of head-fi for your DAC and your headphones.. make your dollar stretch further. Also check craigslist for studio monitors. Here in San Diego it's not uncommon to see krk rokit5 for about 200 and M-audio BX5a for less..
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Isn't an External DAC mostly perferred for headphones and not speakers? I'd be listening to speakers about 90% of the time and the headphones about 10% of the time.

I can't find links to any of those products that you posted..

I don't mind people hearing the AD700s because it won't be as bad as the speakers at night so that's fine with me.

See OP for an Edit I added.
Doesn't really matter. Just some DACs are more suited towards headphone users.

Ok well first off I would recommend the Zero DAC. It's a cheap DAC, but with upgraded op-amps. It really shines. Comes to about $160 for one of the upgraded op-amps. About the same price used for dual Burr Browns. It also has USB, coaxial and SPDIF digital inputs. So you can use your PC and hook up your PS3. All you need to do is switch the input from it. The Aune Mini DAC is also an excellent choice.

For speakers the Swans D1080s are a good choice and for the sub the Pioneer SW-8 is a great bang for the buck. Can be had for less than $100 on Ebay.
    
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Isn't an External DAC mostly perferred for headphones and not speakers? I'd be listening to speakers about 90% of the time and the headphones about 10% of the time.

I can't find links to any of those products that you posted..

I don't mind people hearing the AD700s because it won't be as bad as the speakers at night so that's fine with me.

See OP for an Edit I added.

I use an External DAC for my Studio monitors. If you decide to go with a receiver, then just stick with onboard optical/coax => receiver => passive speakers. Your receiver will act as your dac.
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Also check craigslist...
I love the stuff I've gotten off of Craig's. Definitely worth looking.
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you'll want an external DAC if you mostly listen to music doesn't matter whether you'll use speakers more then headphones or vice versa, in my opinion get some bookshelfs rather then monitors for listening to music you can save quite a bit if you look for good used speakers and an amp/receiver which lets you spend more on headphones.
Thanks I will definitely keep this in mind, What is the difference between bookshelves and monitors? I just googled it real quick and they look the same.

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Buy from the trader section of head-fi for your DAC and your headphones.. make your dollar stretch further. Also check craigslist for studio monitors. Here in San Diego it's not uncommon to see krk rokit5 for about 200 and M-audio BX5a for less..
Isn't it frowned upon to buy used Speakers and Headphones?

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Doesn't really matter. Just some DACs are more suited towards headphone users.

Ok well first off I would recommend the Zero DAC. It's a cheap DAC, but with upgraded op-amps. It really shines. Comes to about $160 for one of the upgraded op-amps. About the same price used for dual Burr Browns. It also has USB, coaxial and SPDIF digital inputs. So you can use your PC and hook up your PS3. All you need to do is switch the input from it. The Aune Mini DAC is also an excellent choice.

For speakers the Swans D1080s are a good choice and for the sub the Pioneer SW-8 is a great bang for the buck. Can be had for less than $100 on Ebay.
Cool, I really like this idea alot and the prices ain't bad at all! and How are the Swans VS AV-40s?

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I use an External DAC for my Studio monitors. If you decide to go with a receiver, then just stick with onboard optical/coax => receiver => passive speakers. Your receiver will act as your dac.
Cool, I didn't know this! that's very helpful!

Thanks for all the responses everyone, sorry I haven't responded earlier. I've been doing alot of stuff between work and school!
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Thanks I will definitely keep this in mind, What is the difference between bookshelves and monitors? I just googled it real quick and they look the same.



Isn't it frowned upon to buy used Speakers and Headphones?



Cool, I really like this idea alot and the prices ain't bad at all! and How are the Swans VS AV-40s?
Monitors are usually for near field listening. Mostly for studio and music use.

Nope, not at all. As long as the person has kept them in good shape. Even then they have been burned in for a better listening experience.

Those Swans and the AV-40s compete with each other in terms of audio quality. I've heard the highs are better than the AV-40s. It wouldn't be bad to go with either one, but I'd prefer the Swans due to it's looks and not having a plastic body.
    
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