Hi everyone !
First things first, I am a total newbie with regards to audio stuff and hi-fi things. The best setup I had thus far was onboard + sennhs PC151. As you can see, I'm way off at the moment :-)
I've read tons of articles, forum threads and comments the last few days, and I feel a bit confused as to what setup I should get for my new rig.
My main activity on my desktop computer is gaming (90% of the time). I am not at all into competitive gaming, and overall sound quality is more important to me than anything else (like pinpoint positioning).
budget-wise, I would be ready to go as far as 400 EUR if you guys can convince me it's worth it :-)
If I buy "high-end" headphones, I will want to use them in the future for other purposes like piano playing (clavinova) or music listening.
I have no idea whether I should favor open-back heaphone or closed ones. I don't LAN that often (like twice a year, and I'd still have those PC151), but I do have the wife watching TV or listening to radio in the same room quite regularly. I would say I play computer games 50% of the time alone at home at 50% with the wife around.
There are lots of different offerings on the market right now, and I don't really know how I should consider them.
There's he Xonar Xense bundle, which comes with a pair of Sennheiser PC350 (any good?).
If not choosing for this bundle :
Titanium HD, Essence ST(X) or the cheaper Xonar D(2)X (the lattest will probably need an additional amp if coupled with high-end headphones, from what I understand). Out of the reviews I read, the STX is universally acclaimed as wonderful. The Titanium HD on the other hand is praised by some, and questioned by others.
many people advise for the DT880 (32/250/600 ?) and DT990 (32/250/600?). What about Sennheiser's HD600 / 650 ?
Sennheiser's PC350 / 360, Beyerdynamic's MMX 300.
What additional HP Amp would you suggest, if any is needed ?