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Hi guys! :D

First I'd like to apologize if some parts are confusing, but I'll try my best to make things as un-confusing as possible. :)

Moving on.

I'm currently looking for a headphone for gaming and music with a budget of NT$5000 (~$170). I can increase the budget to NT$6000 (~$200), but preferably NT$5000. :) 

 

What I'm looking for:

> Good soundstage (I play lots of FPS games such as BF4)

> Bass (not too much, but not too little. I'm not a basshead)

> Great sound quality! :)

> Around-the-ear design (on-ear is too uncomfortable for me)

> Open or closed, doesn't matter.

 

I listen to a whole lot of music genres, but I usually listen to trance, electronic, dance, drum and bass, indie and rock.

Samples of what I listen to the most are at the bottom of this post so you get a clearer picture :)

 

I've done a little research myself and I've found a couple headphones:

> Creative Aurvana Live! / Live! 2 (the Live! 1 sells for around half my budget, so I'll have some extra money :D)

> Koss Pro DJ 100 (these sell for around half my budget as well :D)

> KRK KNS 8400 (I'm leaning a bit towards these)

 

I've thought about getting the Superlux 668b, but I just don't like them. Plus, to buy them, I need to travel all the way to Taipei just to get them :P

 

 

 

Now moving on to the amp/DAC.

My budget is the same as the headphones which is NT$5000. This time, it NEEDS to be equal to or less than NT$5000.

It seems that if I get an amp or an amp/DAC combo, the soundstage and sound quality of my headphones would be better. I really really like that. I will be listening to music from my desktop and won't use the amp/DAC with my iPod. Currently, I have a Creative SoundBlaster 3D sound card in my desktop.

 

I read through a whole bunch of threads and it seems like the FiiO amps/DACs are really good and pretty cheap.

Here's the amp/DAC combo that caught my attention:

> Fiio E10

 

The FiiO E10 sells for NT$2999 (~$109), which is great as it fits inside my budget.

The Schiit Modi + Magni combo looks super duper good, but sadly, they sell for double the price.

Through my searches, I have yet to come across the O2/ODAC, so we'll cross that one out.

 

 

Just so you guys know, I'm using this site (http://www.pcstore.com.tw) to check prices. I can't visit the stores as I'm currently abroad, so prices might vary.

 

Thanks for taking the time to read through my long post and I hope the information I provided will be of great help. :D

So what are your recommendations?

 

 

 

 

 

Here are the sample tracks:

 

C2C - Down the Road

 

Egoist - Namae no Kaibutsu

 

Young the Giant - Cough Syrup

 

Hatsune Miku - Link Sync World

 

Lily Allen - F*** You

 

Woodkid - Run Boy Run

 

 

Gossamer - Take a Walk


Edited by jarr2 - 11/20/13 at 6:11am
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Currently, I have a Creative SoundBlaster 3D sound card in my desktop.

What exactly is this Creative SoundBlaster 3D sound card?

Is it an add-on internal sound card or a built in sound card?

Exact model?

 

Any chance that store sells the AKG K612 Pro headphone or Sennheiser HD558 headphone?

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What exactly is this Creative SoundBlaster 3D sound card?

Is it an add-on internal sound card or a built in sound card?

Exact model?

 

Any chance that store sells the AKG K612 Pro headphone or Sennheiser HD558 headphone?


Here's a link to the sound card: http://www.soundblaster.com/products/sound-blaster-recon3d-pcie.aspx

It is an add-on sound card. The built in sound card of my motherboard (Asus M5A97 R2.0) does not work.

The model of the sound card is SoundBlaster Recon 3D PCIe

 

As for the AKG K612 Pro, they sell it here for NT$7500, so it's over my budget. But if I won't be needing to buy an amp/DAC, then I'll be able to buy the K612 Pro (if it's worth it).

The Sennheiser HD558 are too expensive here.

 

Thanks! :D

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