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I don't own them yet, but I will soon...

 

Look into the Schiit Magni/Modi combo. DAC and amp for $99 each ($198 total). Then the ATH-M50 kind of fits into that budget.

 

http://schiit.com/products

 

Amazon Hot Deal on ATH-M50 + FiiO E6

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I'll suggest you make a list of 2-3 characteristics that are the most important to you and then work out a strategy for how to get there.    Depending on what kind of classical music you listen to, you'll need something different for that vs jazz vs electronica.      A few questions to get you started:

 

- Do you want a neutral sound or something more biased one way?  I know the temptation would be to say "neutral" but while it may be more "hi fi", it isnt necessarily more musical.   Eg:  I find neutral audio components absolutely dull to listen to, and prefer something with a warm, rich midrange and a goodly amount of tight bass.    

 

- Full size is definitely nicer but also more expensive.  Budget IEMs probably get you more bang for the buck and also do not require amplification.  The flip side is, some people - such as me - find IEMs uncomfortable for long listening, whereas I've had my LCD2s on right now for about 3 hours (have listened to Rite of Spring, Firebird, Dvorak's 9th, Brubeck's Time Out and a couple of Metallica albums).

 

With a $250-300 budget, I'd spent the bulk of it on good headphones and allow for a basic amp for now (FiiO?).   Later, I would upgrade the upstream components.

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@vkalia ,

 

Thanks for the guidelines.I'd definitely want deep, tight bass, but it cannot be muddy. Ultimately, my highest priority is a well rounded pair of headphones that will perform at a satisfactory level when playing whatever music thrown at it, albeit not as well as some other niche headphones might. I have an aversion to IEMs - I cannot stand using them for more than 1 hour at a time, nor do I want that degree of isolation. Also, what do you think of the amp included in the bundle posted by vipervick? I've heard great things about the M50s, but I'm not so sure on the amp.

 

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Amazon Hot Deal on ATH-M50 + FiiO E6

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Dunno about that amp, TBH.  I have an E12 and it is a decent, if unspectacular, amp, although good value for the price.    You might want to see how this amp compares to the JDLabs CMOY amp (the Altoid ones, which go for $60 or so).   

 

The M50s do get a lot of love here, true.   

 

The X1 is likely the best headphone that meets your requirements, but you will have to up your budget a little to get the cans and a decent amp for it (DAC you can likely do without, at this stage, IMO).    

 

The Momentum gets a lot of love here as a good do-it-all headphone - I have a pair and find it nice but not the ultimate in engagement factor.  But then, as I said earlier, my standard for good sound is defined by a rich, velvet single-ended tube amplifier + sensitive horn speakers - so definitely not the last work in neutral/uncolored.

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Dunno about that amp, TBH.  I have an E12 and it is a decent, if unspectacular, amp, although good value for the price.    You might want to see how this amp compares to the JDLabs CMOY amp (the Altoid ones, which go for $60 or so).   

 

The M50s do get a lot of love here, true.   

 

The X1 is likely the best headphone that meets your requirements, but you will have to up your budget a little to get the cans and a decent amp for it (DAC you can likely do without, at this stage, IMO).    

 

The Momentum gets a lot of love here as a good do-it-all headphone - I have a pair and find it nice but not the ultimate in engagement factor.  But then, as I said earlier, my standard for good sound is defined by a rich, velvet single-ended tube amplifier + sensitive horn speakers - so definitely not the last work in neutral/uncolored.

OP are you using these at home or on the go? There are some open headphones that will fit nicely into your budget and REALLY take you to the next level of sound imo

 

If you'r open to open cans, the Beyerdynamic DT 990 PRO 250ohm... is one of the best headphones for the money. at $150 new it's as comfy as ever, has a nice bass and works nicely with all kinds of music. 

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In short, I am looking to buy an audio setup(headphones, amp, the whole shebang), and just wanted to some guidelines and recommendations. I've always appreciated good audio, but never got around to buying quality gear. I currently own a pair of AKG K430s that I use on the go, and Logitech G35s that I use at home (yes, I know, "gaming" headsets are terrible). I am satisfied with my portable headphones but I wanted something with much better sound than what I currently own for use at home.

My budget is $250-$300 for the entire setup, including headphones, amp, DAC and everything else. They will be used with my desktop computer (I have no special sound card).

Is this for music only?

What about gaming? or movies?

 

AKG K612 Pro headphones, $200

Asus Xonar DG sound card, $27

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