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Best Possible Headphones With Best AMP For My PC

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

I want the best possible sound coming from my PC reguardless of what it may cost or is needed.

suggestions? Also need to have a microphone.

currently i have a Recon3D soundcard with BOSE quietcomfort 15 headphones.

I use my PC for everything, mainly gaming and music. Blurays as well. ok well i was thinking no budget, but lets just say around $5000. I would be very suprised if anything could cost more then that


Edited by motec - 6/19/13 at 9:44pm
post #2 of 15
What do you use your PC for? Gaming? Music? Movies? What percentage of each?

And realistically, you should specify a budget. There is always something better for more money biggrin.gif
post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 

I use my PC for everything, mainly gaming and music. Blurays as well. ok well i was thinking no budget, but lets just say around $5000. I would be very suprised if anything could cost more then that

post #4 of 15

Asus Xonar Essence STX sound card, $180

Beyerdynamic DT880 Premium 600-Ohm headphones, $290 to $350

Works great for me, and way under your budget.

post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 

thanks for ur input, but i meant best possible. something better then HD800. If there is

post #6 of 15

Stax SR-009 is "the world's best headphone" according to Tyll at InnerFidelity.

 

http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/comparing-world-class-headphones

post #7 of 15

Think sr-009, amp, dac and your pretty much around 10k$. That would be a killer, also for gaming. A good hd800 rig is easily 5 grand btw, I recall someone regarding his 3k hd800 rig as being a decent rig for the hd800 (not good).

 

You should really look into David Mahlers behemoth of a thread (search: 58. It will be the first 1 in teh search)

post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 

thanks david, thats what im after

post #9 of 15

Don't wanna know how much you spent on your pc then :P

post #10 of 15
Thread Starter 

about 7000, oh did u say dont wana know?

post #11 of 15

What do you want to listen to with your setup anyway? Like what kind of music...?

 

Your setup would look like this: Sound card (digital out) -> DAC -> Amp -> Headphones. AFAIK you can still ues the virtual surround techs when you go digital out of a sound crad?


Edited by davidsh - 6/21/13 at 4:42am
post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 

i listen to abit of everything, but mainly hard tech and hard trance. this sorta music will blow speakers if its not at the highest bit rate, thats what im worried about when i get high end headphones.

ill mainly be using the headphones for sound in game. i play competetivly call of duty, where sound is important.. tho i dont think high end headphones will change this but who knows. its mainly for music comfort and generally having the best

post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by motec View Post

i listen to abit of everything, but mainly hard tech and hard trance. this sorta music will blow speakers if its not at the highest bit rate, thats what im worried about when i get high end headphones.

ill mainly be using the headphones for sound in game. i play competetivly call of duty, where sound is important.. tho i dont think high end headphones will change this but who knows. its mainly for music comfort and generally having the best

You won't blow the headphones. If so, you have already blown your ears prior to that...

 

My suggestion is still sr-009 or hd800. You must know one thing, though. You should be ready to dismiss a lot of the music you have if you want to get the most out of dem headphones... I mean high quality music for high quality headphones, right? Crap in -> crap out as we say here at head-fi... So you might end up finding your badly produced low bit-rate music to sound even worse...

 

Sr-009 will probably be clearly superior in it's bass performance. I'm fairly positive both of them will be about equally good for gaming... hd800 is said to have better imaging than sr-009, but sr-009 have a superior sound stage. So they are probably equally good or somehting. Gl & hf. Be sure to report back or I'll haunt you in your nightmares biggrin.gif

I doubt any other person have commented on how they like the sr-009 for gaming.. I vote for sound hack/ mass murder with both headphones tongue.gif


Edited by davidsh - 6/21/13 at 5:28am
post #14 of 15

Ohh, I forgot a thing... Be aware that if your computer is noisy, you will hear it since the headphones are open! It does not annoy me a lot (I have a noisy pc, stock gtx 570 fanangry_face.gif), but it can be annoying at times...

 

Sooo, how much u wanna spend? 10-15k for a sr-009 setup with a proper DAC and amp. Around 4-7k for a hd800 setup with proper equipment too... (all this including headphones ofc).

Why not get the Orpheus anyway? It's only some 15-20k for amp and 'phone I think wink.gif


Edited by davidsh - 6/21/13 at 5:31am
post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by motec View Post

thanks for ur input, but i meant best possible. something better then HD800. If there is

Have you seen the High End Audio Forum on Head-Fi? You might want to take a look around there and ask questions.
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