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post #16 of 21
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Yeah good point - I'd rather be spending money on a good set of cans rather than a sound card that might pick up noise from the motherboard and provide software to make gaming better. I don't game THAT intensely, I've hit a stage of life where I can muck around and enjoy it rather than play seriously all the time. :P

 

Ahhh.. you're dangling the carrot with the DT880s/990s. I noticed the E10 DAC/amp came with a bass boost feature, I think that in conjunction with the 900X's will be fine. I'm already WELL over my budget as it is...

 

 

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Originally Posted by Tjj226 Angel View Post
I just saw that you were in australia too. Check and see if you can get the cambridge audio S20s. Those dayton audio speakers are just too harsh on the ears. It is like listening to straight tweeters.

 

They look good, but they're out of my price range. As I said, I'm stretching as it is. Do you know any other speakers around the $50 range instead then?

 

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If you could also link a bunch of audio stores, that would be cool too. 

 

For Aussies? I'm really struggling to find some. The 900Xs are $215 (with free shipping) at DWIDigitalCameras, the other parts will probably just come from Amazon, I guess.

post #17 of 21
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Originally Posted by brettymaccc View Post

I heard that internal sound cards picked up computer noise or something.

Also what's the benefits of that card vs the e07k, for example?

Internal sound card might pick up electrical noise inside the computer, but not like it happens to all internal sound cards.

Lots of people use internal sound cards and are happy with the sound quality.

Also the E07K offers zero surround sound features for games or movies.

And the E07K's USB connection bypass the computer's on-board audio.

 

If you got the E17, which I think is on sale at B & H.

You can connect the motherboard to the E17 using S/PDIC (optical or coaxial), the on-board audio can send processed audio thru the S/PDIF.

 

But do prefer to use sound cards myself.

post #18 of 21
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Originally Posted by brettymaccc View Post

Yeah good point - I'd rather be spending money on a good set of cans rather than a sound card that might pick up noise from the motherboard and provide software to make gaming better. I don't game THAT intensely, I've hit a stage of life where I can muck around and enjoy it rather than play seriously all the time. :P

 

Ahhh.. you're dangling the carrot with the DT880s/990s. I noticed the E10 DAC/amp came with a bass boost feature, I think that in conjunction with the 900X's will be fine. I'm already WELL over my budget as it is...

 

 

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Originally Posted by Tjj226 Angel View Post
I just saw that you were in australia too. Check and see if you can get the cambridge audio S20s. Those dayton audio speakers are just too harsh on the ears. It is like listening to straight tweeters.

 

They look good, but they're out of my price range. As I said, I'm stretching as it is. Do you know any other speakers around the $50 range instead then?

 

 

For Aussies? I'm really struggling to find some. The 900Xs are $215 (with free shipping) at DWIDigitalCameras, the other parts will probably just come from Amazon, I guess.

You might as well spend a bit more and get the authorised from Minidisc. 

post #19 of 21
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You might as well spend a bit more and get the authorised from Minidisc. 

Ok. I think I will.

 

All the other parts cost an arm and a leg for shipping, Where can an Australian buy some audio gear without doubling its cost due to shipping?

post #20 of 21
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Originally Posted by brettymaccc View Post

Yeah good point - I'd rather be spending money on a good set of cans rather than a sound card that might pick up noise from the motherboard and provide software to make gaming better. I don't game THAT intensely, I've hit a stage of life where I can muck around and enjoy it rather than play seriously all the time. :P

 

Ahhh.. you're dangling the carrot with the DT880s/990s. I noticed the E10 DAC/amp came with a bass boost feature, I think that in conjunction with the 900X's will be fine. I'm already WELL over my budget as it is...

 

 

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Originally Posted by Tjj226 Angel View Post
I just saw that you were in australia too. Check and see if you can get the cambridge audio S20s. Those dayton audio speakers are just too harsh on the ears. It is like listening to straight tweeters.

 

They look good, but they're out of my price range. As I said, I'm stretching as it is. Do you know any other speakers around the $50 range instead then?

 

 

For Aussies? I'm really struggling to find some. The 900Xs are $215 (with free shipping) at DWIDigitalCameras, the other parts will probably just come from Amazon, I guess.

 

 

They should not be because I would restructure your budget. 

 

You can get a good stereo receiver for about 100 speakers for 150 and headphones for another 150 (at least that was the thought if you were in the US). 
 

You can still make this happen if you buy used, and you might actually be able to bring the cost down some. 

 

If nothing else, skip the desktop speakers. Spending anything less than 100 bucks on NEW speakers (you can still get some kick butt vintage speakers, and sometimes they can go for 60 bucks) is just going to result in poor sound. You would be much better off putting that speaker budget into your headphones at that point. 

post #21 of 21
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Thanks for all the help guys.

 

I've bought the LP2020A+, three $2 clip-on mics from DX and a pair of Dayton B652s from an Aussie retailer I found - unfortunately at a marked up price but still cheaper than a $90 shipping fee from Amazon. 

 

About to purchase the 900X, an E10 DAC/amp with L7 line out adapter, speaker wire and a 3.5mm to RCA cable to connect the E10 to the LP2020A+. Anything else I need?

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