Originally Posted by JCRG
Even if I quieten my pc, there's still the a/c in my room, so open headphones are discarded.
And I'm leaning towards a flat response headphone (like the SRH940), but the A900X are still a favourite.
What would be a next step from a DG in your opinion?
Just as a heads up though, a flat response is not everything when it comes to comparing audio products. You also have the issue of sound stage. If you have an abnormally small sound stage, your sound will become unnatural no matter what sort of frequency response the headphones have.
Now to be honest I haven't tested the shures, but I have tested the mad dogs headphones which also have a really flat response, and they were ok, but they did not sound all that natural or warm.
I don't mean to dissuade you from the shures, but I just want to give you a heads up like I said.
Also, I know you weren't asking me, but to give you a break down of sound cards, you have a couple options. The next one above the DG is the DGX, it is slightly better, but I would skip it and go for the DS. It uses much better components, and you can find it on sale for about the same price as the DG. The next one would be the asus DX. Again, the sound quality is a noticeably better without wasting the extra 15 bucks on the D1 (they are essentially the same card).
After that your have the creative titanium HD. It is sort of like a mini me version of the asus essence stx. It actually sounds and performs pretty well. I personally do not like creative products due to the odd sound signature, but that is a subjective statement.
After that you have the audio engine D1 amp/dac. This is a VERY good yet cheap dedicated amp and dac that sounds just fantastic for the price point.
Next up is the asus essence stx. It is just a freaking great sound card. It can hold its own against some higher end audiophile amps and dacs for under 200, but I find it to be a tad to grainy.
Lastly (without getting into the 300+ price range) is the schiit magni and modi. It is a great little amp/dac stack and it gives you a nice clean audio source. Awesome bang for the buck.