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post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

Hi

 

i have been looking for some headphones for gaming and music. so i was wondering if high end headphones are worth it for a person that doesn't have much expirience with sound quality ( i have used 2 different headphones, but both of them are quite cheap). will i be able to notice any difference or should i just stick with a cheap pair of headphones? if you think i will be able to notice a difference would you recommend any headphones? my budget is 150-200 USD

 

PS. i play on a laptop so should i buy a usb soundcard?

 

sorry if im in the wrong section

post #2 of 13
Hello!
Welcome to Head-Fi!

I highly recommend you to start with a $200~ set up and upgrade along the way. I am not so sure, on what genre of music you listen to, but for gaming, I like the HD439. Other choices are UE6000, SRH-840.

Hope this helps!
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post #3 of 13
Hello!
Welcome to Head-Fi!

I highly recommend you to start with a $200~ set up and upgrade along the way. I am not so sure, on what genre of music you listen to, but for gaming, I like the HD439. Other choices are UE6000, SRH-840.

Hope this helps!
Billson smily_headphones1.gif
post #4 of 13
Hello!
Welcome to Head-Fi!

I highly recommend you to start with a $200~ set up and upgrade along the way. I am not so sure, on what genre of music you listen to, but for gaming, I like the HD439. Other choices are UE6000, SRH-840.

Hope this helps!
Billson smily_headphones1.gif
post #5 of 13
Hello!
Welcome to Head-Fi!

I highly recommend you to start with a $200~ set up and upgrade along the way. I am not so sure, on what genre of music you listen to, but for gaming, I like the HD439. Other choices are UE6000, SRH-840.

Hope this helps!
Billson smily_headphones1.gif
post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 

but do you think i will notice any difference in soundquality when going from a 50 dollar headphone/headset to a 100+ headphone/headset ? that was kinda my main question because im not sure if i will be able to hear any difference, but thanks for the answer and recommendations

 

i listen to most of the music genres

post #7 of 13
Do you want to privilege gaming or music? Or both equally? And what kind of music?

The Hifimediy Sabre USB DAC is considered a good budget USB DAC (I have not heard it) that should generally improve over laptop sound. That would still leave you $100 to $150 for your headphones.
post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

Do you want to privilege gaming or music? Or both equally? And what kind of music?

The Hifimediy Sabre USB DAC is considered a good budget USB DAC (I have not heard it) that should generally improve over laptop sound. That would still leave you $100 to $150 for your headphones.

im going to use them for gaming most of the time. the music i listen to most is rock and pop but i do also listen to most of the music genres

post #9 of 13
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is the ASUS XONAR U3 a good soundcard?

post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by notverysmartguy View Post

but do you think i will notice any difference in soundquality when going from a 50 dollar headphone/headset to a 100+ headphone/headset ? that was kinda my main question because im not sure if i will be able to hear any difference, but thanks for the answer and recommendations

 

i listen to most of the music genres

 

Anyone can hear the difference between a bad or good sounding headphone. Most cheap headphones sound bad. I would also not recommend buying the cheapest ones because they usually break easily and are not comfortable.

post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by notverysmartguy View Post

but do you think i will notice any difference in soundquality when going from a 50 dollar headphone/headset to a 100+ headphone/headset ? that was kinda my main question because im not sure if i will be able to hear any difference, but thanks for the answer and recommendations

i listen to most of the music genres

If you can distinguish the differences between the new Apple Earpods and the old version, you can definately distinguish the SQ of a $20 headphone and a $100 headphone. For rocks and gaming, I prefer the HD439 better.

Hope this helps!
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post #12 of 13
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k thanks for your answers

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post #13 of 13
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k thanks for your answers
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