I'm relatively new in terms of the audiophile world and my current collection of headphones and IEMs include an Audio-Technica ATH-ES7, Hippo VB's, and Vsonic GR02 Bass Edition (You can probably guess that I like my bass from that sort of lineup). I am looking to purchase a new set of headphones (Over ear preferably) of between the $100-150 sort of price range that deal well with rock/orchestral/pop and electronic styles of music but mainly electronic (Trance/House/Melodic EDM not dubstep). These headphones will be used for mainly gaming/music and for extended periods of time.
I've been looking at many threads on head-fi over the past week and have come to the conclusion that most people recommend the Ultrasone DJ1's or Beyerdynamic DT 770's for this type of music however the Beyer's are a bit out of my price range. I was wondering if anyone else had any suggestions of comments on this front as I am still not 100% sure of which direction I should go in terms of purchase. As a side note I really love a big punchy sort of bass on most of the electronic songs. Also I live in Australia which can make shipping from Amazon and some other places a bit of a pain.
Examples of the type of music I listen to are:
Currently I do not have an AMP/DAC on any of my sound systems and just use the onboard audio on my computer and my phone. My motherboard on my comp is an AsRock 970 Extreme4 with ALC892. I am wondering how much of a difference adding a DAC/AMP or sound card would add to this setup and what I should get. I've been looking at something like the Fiio E10 or Xonar DX + a Fiio E11 so I can use the E11 on my phone as well. My budget for this is around the $100 mark as well but of course the lower the cost the better if the improvements are marginal. Overall I would like recommendations on things that you would think improve the type of music I listen to and the headphones I have (and will buy) using the examples and information above.
Any help would be absolutely fantastic and I would very much appreciate it!
Edited by Subrising - 11/29/13 at 4:19am