...or hopeless cause? So I'm looking into a "decent" set of cans. Apparently I've been completely neglecting one of our most important senses. As of now I'm a complete audio-noob.I have only owned "junk" headphones and speakers my whole life. I've browsed google and multiple forums off and on for a while now. It seems I've been missing out but I'm still a bit confused on what I should do about it.
I primarily want a set up for gaming. Although, like most people I do enjoy music as well. I don't need to travel with them and noise generally isn't to big of an issue. I have a decent rig (except the audio it seems?) with quite a bit put into video and the other peripherals. I know audio is very subjective and this is a difficult subject when it comes to suggestions. I'm not to sure on the difference between the internal soundcard vs. amp/dac. I'm gathering they do about the same job? Although it seems some higher impedance cans might require an amp as well a card for optimal clarity? I guess what I'm really asking is what do I actually want? Anyone have a guess? Haha.
After my some of my "research" I was leaning towards a pair of AD700's and a Xonar DG sound card to power them. I don't require a lot of bass or volume in my listening. It's a pretty thrifty get-up as far as these things can go. As an entry level user it seems this would give me a noticeable sound / headphone surround improvement. But both the items and all the reviews I've seen are pretty old. Once I found your community here I also noticed the cans listed a bit lower on the rankings. Wasn't totally sure if I should be looking for open or closed cans to help with environmental immersion/surround.
I'm wondering: Will my basic set-up be enough to hear difference? Are there some other alternatives/newer options I should look into? I'm afraid to get a cheapo setup that that leaves me in awe wondering what I might of had if I had a higher end set up. Right now I'm completely stumped on what I really need. I'd be very grateful if anyone made it through my ramble to post some feedback. I don't mind spending a good bit more on a setup. I didn't know if it was needed for my media or worth it for my unrefined ears.