So, I wouldn't really describe myself as an audiophile, but I can often discern the difference between a 320kbps MP3 and a FLAC file from the same source. I'm currently using a pair of Sennheiser HD 202's that I've had for a few years. They're good, and I've been happy with them, but now that I'm actually re-building my music library in FLAC, I've been paying a lot more attention to sound quality than I used to.
I intend to use my setup for everything. Music, videos, games, whatever. I have no music preferences, though I do have a lot of rock, classical, and electronica/dance. The HD 202's are starting to feel a bit bland now that I'm giving sound more thought. Of course, the rest of my system isn't exactly set up for sound quality either. Here's what I'm using:
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer PCI sound card
Sennheiser HD 202 headphones
Logitech X-540 surround sound speakers
As you can tell, for sound, I've basically bought the best of the budget mid-range. Now, I crave more. I looked at the Sennheiser HD 448's since they went on sale (around $60), but I'm afraid that they won't be much different from what I already have. I'm also worried that no matter what I get, my sound card simply isn't up to par for producing good sound for my devices. I've considered getting one of the new Sound Blaster Recon3D's, but I've also heard it said that Creative doesn't really make the best sound equipment anyway. I like Creative and I'm not the kind of person who likes to poo-poo a company for being "too mainstream." I also don't really trust the Xonar, yet.
For now, I'm just in the market for some circumaural headphones that will make my games sound terrifyingly realistic, where I can get every nuance from my music and videos. Any suggestions (within a reasonable budget) would be highly appreciated. Thanks!
Edited by Royal Amethyst - 1/4/12 at 11:18pm