So about a year-and-a-half ago I made a thread asking for cheap headphones recommendations. In the end, I went with the JVC HA-RX700. I'm thinking of getting something better for the holidays this year. Unfortunately, I don't know what to get.
Here's some background info:
I really like audio to be crisp while still packing a punch. I listen to pretty much any genre of music, and I like to be immersed and have heightened senses while gaming (however, I'm not looking for headsets or any "gaming" headphones). Hopefully that narrows down the choices.
I currently use onboard audio (Realtek ALC898 codec). Although I enjoy high-quality audio, I don't know much about sound cards, amps, and DACs. What do I need to know and which of these should I get to suit my needs?
The JVC HA-RX700 is good, but I want better. My current headphones sound a little flat and aren't as comfortable as I'd like them to be. I'm wondering which headphones I should get next, along with any combination of a sound card, amp, and/or DAC, all for $125-$200. No more. I'm looking for clear, crisp, powerful audio that's good for any genre and any game. I know this would be easier with a higher budget, but I'm wondering what the best I can get with my current budget is. Thanks.