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Hello.
For the past few months I have been interested in upgrading my pc audio and finally decided I should just do it!


Right now I am running my 680i's onboard sound with HD202s.

What I was looking at is these HD555s that are on sale for what seems like a good price and running them through this sound card.

Is this a pretty good setup?
Will that sound card limit the headphones at all?
Will the difference be significant from what I have in music/movies/games?

Quick responses are greatly appreciated because I don't know how much longer those headphones will be in stock.
 

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Depending on your goals, you might also want to considering running spdif out from your onboard audio into a a/v receiver... which would give you the option to add a nice speaker system or a pair of headphones that normally would not be powered well by the average sub $100 PC sound card.

Up to $250 spent now and then possibly adding a pair of audio technica m50s or those 555's you sound interested in down the road in a month or two would certain give you alot of options down the road and give you a noticeable increase in audio quality/volume.
 

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Originally Posted by Woundingchaney View Post
So your budget is somewhere around 200usd?
Oh I forgot to mention that those headphones have a $50 off coupon so in total I was looking more around $150

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Depending on your goals, you might also want to considering running spdif out from your onboard audio into a a/v receiver... which would give you the option to add a nice speaker system or a pair of headphones that normally would not be powered well by the average sub $100 PC sound card.

Up to $250 spent now and then possibly adding a pair of audio technica m50s or those 555's you sound interested in down the road in a month or two would certain give you alot of options down the road and give you a noticeable increase in audio quality/volume.
I don't really listen to anything through speakers, I much prefer headphones so I don't if that would be the best route for me to take.
Also, while I do want better sound overall, I can't justify spending that much.
I want good sound, I just don't want it THAT much.


EDIT: I just saw your updated post Woundingchaney.
Would http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829156012 be an upgrade from the ASUS sound card? If the Auzentech is a decent card that will give me good sound with the 555's then that may be the road I should take.
 

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Oh I forgot to mention that those headphones have a $50 off coupon so in total I was looking more around $150

I don't really listen to anything through speakers, I much prefer headphones so I don't if that would be the best route for me to take.
Also, while I do want better sound overall, I can't justify spending that much.
I want good sound, I just don't want it THAT much.


EDIT: I just saw your updated post Woundingchaney.
Would http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829156012 be an upgrade from the ASUS sound card? If the Auzentech is a decent card that will give me good sound with the 555's then that may be the road I should take.
At 150usd Im going to suggest:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829156012
soundcard

http://www.google.com/products/catal...d=0CDQQ8wIwAg#
Excellent soundstage, meds, highs weak on bass (great for gaming)

http://www.google.com/products/catal...CAcQ8wIwADgA#p
Good bass, meds, highs with a good soundstage

-This is assuming you dont want to go the receiver route mentioned previously.

These builds will offer good sound, not extraordinary. If you are a mid level user you should be more than happy spending your 150usd this way.

I didnt suggest any Senns for headphones given that I dont have much experience with them.

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EDIT: I just saw your updated post Woundingchaney.
Would http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829156012 be an upgrade from the ASUS sound card? If the Auzentech is a decent card that will give me good sound with the 555's then that may be the road I should take.
I feel as if it is a better alternative just from doing some research on the net (I am in the market as well). Though you may want to do your own research, but Auzentech is a very reputable manufacturer.

As far as the headphones given you can get the 555s so cheap that may be the way to go, but in headphones price isnt necessarily related directly to quality.
 

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At 150usd Im going to suggest:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829156012
soundcard

http://www.google.com/products/catal...d=0CDQQ8wIwAg#
Excellent soundstage, meds, highs weak on bass (great for gaming)

http://www.google.com/products/catal...CAcQ8wIwADgA#p
Good bass, meds, highs with a good soundstage

-This is assuming you dont want to go the receiver route mentioned previously.

These builds will offer good sound, not extraordinary. If you are a mid level user you should be more than happy spending your 150usd this way.

I didnt suggest any Senns for headphones given that I dont have much experience with them.

I feel as if it is a better alternative just from doing some research on the net (I am in the market as well). Though you may want to do your own research, but Auzentech is a very reputable manufacturer.

As far as the headphones given you can get the 555s so cheap that may be the way to go, but in headphones price isnt necessarily related directly to quality.
After reading multiple reviews (there are a ton) comparing the AD700s to the HD555s it really seems to come down to preference.

I seems that if 555s were not on sale the AD700s would be the way to go but I think I am going to with the HD555s for their apparently more "all-around" quality of sound and comfort (I game for long periods of time while listening to music).

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Well honestly if you want a Great sound card with a lifetime warranty and it comes with some great headphones with mic go this route.Im getting these real soon.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-018-_-Product
While I'm sure those are really good, I just don't want to spend that much


Thanks for the input.
 

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Well honestly if you want a Great sound card with a lifetime warranty and it comes with some great headphones with mic go this route.Im getting these real soon.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-018-_-Product
Seems to be a nice card but I dont trust the headset. Ultimately for 300usd one could most likely put together a considerably superior solution.

for the 555s you could try this:

 
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