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Computer Audio setup - 2000$ to spend. Help out a Newbie!!

post #1 of 7
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So I've been doing a bit of research and am looking for the best sound possible that I can get out of my computer. I currently own a set of Denon ah-D2000 and am thinking of either getting the Sennheiser 650's or 700's. I also have an internal sound card but feel that this isn't adequate enough for producing the best quality sound.

 

I am thinking of buying:

 

http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-HD-700-Headphone-Black/dp/B0070U8KSM/ref=sr_1_11?s=aht&srs=2530385011&ie=UTF8&qid=1360177460&sr=1-11&keywords=sennheiser

 

For headphones (or the 650s) ...reccomendations??

 

AND

 

either: http://www.amazon.com/Unsurpassed-Performance-Converter-Headphone-Amplifier/dp/B00ADX98AM/ref=sr_1_5?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1360176577&sr=1-5&keywords=headphone+amp

 

OR

 

http://www.amazon.com/NuForce-Icon-Performance-Headphone-amplifier/dp/B00370OIYE/ref=pd_sim_sbs_e_2

 

What is the difference?

 

Is this all I need? Are there any extra cables I should be getting or will this take care of it. Also, is this completely overkill for listening to radio/itunes music? I'm not looking to waste money but definitely want a very quality sound setup.

 

Thanks in advance!

post #2 of 7

In that price range you really should try something like the Ultra Desktop Amp.  It really makes the AH-D2000 shine.

post #3 of 7
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Ideally I'd like to keep the price reasonable and not go overkill if I don't need to. Are you suggesting that getting the Ultra desktop amp and using it with the Dennon ah-d2000 is better option than getting say...http://www.amazon.com/NuForce-Icon-Performance-Headphone-amplifier/dp/B00370OIYE/ref=pd_sim_sbs_e_2 and Sennheisder hd700's?

 

Also does the desktop amp have DAC or what else would I need

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Originally Posted by Cheebamaster View Post

Ideally I'd like to keep the price reasonable and not go overkill if I don't need to. Are you suggesting that getting the Ultra desktop amp and using it with the Dennon ah-d2000 is better option than getting say...http://www.amazon.com/NuForce-Icon-Performance-Headphone-amplifier/dp/B00370OIYE/ref=pd_sim_sbs_e_2 and Sennheisder hd700's?

 

Also does the desktop amp have DAC or what else would I need

 

Assuming this:  http://www.headphone.com/headphone-amps/amplifiers/headroom-ultra-desktop-amp.php

 

It's an Amp/DAC combo.

 

And if you wanted, you'd still be able to get the Senn HD-650s or the HiFiMAN HE-400 or HE-500s (if you were so inclined).

post #5 of 7
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Would http://www.amazon.com/Unsurpassed-Performance-Converter-Headphone-Amplifier/dp/B00ADX98AM/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top have enough power to support Sennheiser hd700's? My dennons ear piece broke off and it's reaching it's death soon haha

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Also is this http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sennheiser-HD700-8ft-silver-SPC-cable-1-4-Viablue-Jack-by-Toxic-Cables-/120985272309?pt=UK_AudioVisualElectronics_HomeAudioHiFi_Headphones&hash=item1c2b48bff5 something I would need to get? Or am I fine with what comes in the box...I'm clueless when it comes to this sort of thing

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Originally Posted by Cheebamaster View Post

Would http://www.amazon.com/Unsurpassed-Performance-Converter-Headphone-Amplifier/dp/B00ADX98AM/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top have enough power to support Sennheiser hd700's? My dennons ear piece broke off and it's reaching it's death soon haha

I would imagine so.

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Originally Posted by Cheebamaster View Post

Also is this http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sennheiser-HD700-8ft-silver-SPC-cable-1-4-Viablue-Jack-by-Toxic-Cables-/120985272309?pt=UK_AudioVisualElectronics_HomeAudioHiFi_Headphones&hash=item1c2b48bff5 something I would need to get? Or am I fine with what comes in the box...I'm clueless when it comes to this sort of thing

No, it's not a must have.  By the time you're wanting to change out the cable, you may be comfortable enough to make you own as well.

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