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(Currently using onboard sound + ATH M30s)

 

Well, I had posted a thread two or three days ago asking what I should buy for ~$150, however, with research and lack of willpower, my budget is stretched a tiny bit. 

 

I'm thinking my budget will now be $280-300'ish.

 

 

My taste in music - 

Roughly 50% of my library is female vocals (Indie'ish, folk).

Gabrielle Aplin as a good example - 

1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79f4mzSFvF0

2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzYZ8VsEnUU

As well as Orla Gartland - 

3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNFHFQp-xU8

 

Classical music, comprising about 30% 

Brahms being a recent favorite, though I listen to most of the classics.

 

Classic rock with the other 20%

Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan, Creedence, CSN&Y, ect

 

Female Vocals and Classical are definitely the most important, though.  

 

^ I will also be watching movies and TV shows on them as well.

 

 

It will be used in my home nearly 100% of the time, so no worries with disturbing people around me, thus I would prefer open cans.

 

 

 

 

 

My desktop is still using it's onboard sound, so I will probably need an amp.

 

 

 

 

Current idea running through my head, though I have no clue how good of an idea it is - 

1. Buy a Schiit Vali amp tonight/tomorrow

2. Wait until Friday to hopefully find a decent deal (Stalking the Deals Thread). Potentially Sennheiser 598s if they're a decent price? 

 

 

 

 

 

Anyhow, enough of my rambling.. any thoughts/recommendations/ideas would be greatly appreciated.  

 

 

Thanks,

illyria


Edited by illyria - 11/25/13 at 4:35pm
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Sony MDR-MA900 headphones, $200

Asus Xonar DG (PCI) sound card, $27

 

Lot of MA900 owners seem to like these headphones.

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Thanks for the reply, I'll check those out.  Are there any other headphones in that price range that I should keep an eye open for?

 

 

And would it be worth getting the Schiit Vali, or would it be better for me to get a cheaper one and spend more on the headphones?

 

 

Thanks.

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Originally Posted by illyria View Post
 

Thanks for the reply, I'll check those out.  Are there any other headphones in that price range that I should keep an eye open for?

And would it be worth getting the Schiit Vali, or would it be better for me to get a cheaper one and spend more on the headphones?

I think it's better to spend more of your budget for headphones, over the DAC/amp

For your budget (up to $300), get the Creative Labs Sound Blaster Z (SB1500 or SB1502) sound card, $65-$100.

The SB-Z comes with the CS3298 DAC chip :) and a decent headphone amplifier.

Then spend the rest of your budget on headphones.

Like the Sony MDR-MA900, maybe the AKG K612 Pro.

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First of all, thank you for your replies. I appreciate your help.

 

As is apparent, I'm completely new to the whole headphones/anything related.. 

 

It looks like the MA900s + Creative Labs Sound Blaster Z is in the lead position for me right now.  If I don't find something amazingly underpriced during Black Friday I think I'll go ahead and  grab those.  

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First of all, thank you for your replies. I appreciate your help.

As is apparent, I'm completely new to the whole headphones/anything related.. 

It looks like the MA900s + Creative Labs Sound Blaster Z is in the lead position for me right now.  If I don't find something amazingly underpriced during Black Friday I think I'll go ahead and  grab those.  

You might want to search around see if anyone else is using the MA900/SB-Z combo, see if they like it.

Check the website Techbargins, sales on those two items sometimes show up there.

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