First off I want to say that I'm pretty new to the "high quaility" audio scene if you want to call it that but I'm trying to learn everything I can. I have spent the last few days searching about headphones, amps and sound cards. I feel I have a pretty good grasp on somethings, however other stuff I can't find an answer I fully understand.
I don't really know how to start but ill try my best to provide all the information I can.
(I hope I don't get flamed for this seems like alot of people around here don't like gaming as much)
I am a home PC gamer so I don't need anything that is for ipods/consoles/on the move. I need something that is more focus for gaming headphones. I read that usually for gaming you want more low bass headphones with I think a big soundstage. Also after looking at Mad Lust Envy's Guide Dolby Headphone looks really nice as well. I am a big fan of 5.1/7.1, I almost consider it a must. Like I said gaming is my primary focus so stuff like that is important. With that I said, I do listen to music a fair bit, so I still want that to be decent.
My next major question is amps. I am very new to amps and not even 100% on what they do. I read that some headphones need amps while other don't. I am not sure if they are only used for console/ipods etc. If I have a sound card do I still need an amp?
I was thinking of getting an ASUS Xonar series sound card (not sure on exactly which one). I have heard pretty good thing about them, I know some of them have amps built in as well. I am just not sure on which one is the best to get for my needs. If I get one built in, is that all I need?
As for the actual headphones that is another thing I am at a loss as well. I have a general idea of what I need for quailty gaming headset as I stated above but I am not sure and would love some more opinions.
I am really not looking to spend much more the 300$ total for everything just as a general price range.
Thanks in advance for all the opinions and help. I hope I gave enough information on what I am looking for but if you have any questions please ask. Sorry for being a noob at this trying my best to learn.