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I've got HTF-600's, now what else should I get? Budget important- $<80 preferrably less

Poll Results: Which of these should I get? (Select all that apply.) Remember, $80 budget.

Poll expired: Dec 31, 2013 This is a multiple choice poll
  • 0% of voters (0)
    USB DAC+AMP in one device
  • 0% of voters (0)
    USB DAC
  • 0% of voters (0)
    AMP
  • 0% of voters (0)
    Optical DAC+AMP in one device
  • 0% of voters (0)
    Optical DAC
  • 0% of voters (0)
    Sound card
  • 0% of voters (0)
    Headphones
  • 0% of voters (0)
    Some other device I've never heard of.
  • 0% of voters (0)
    Other.
  • 0% of voters (0)
    You shouldn't, you are not audiophile enough.
  • 0% of voters (0)
    A life.
  • 100% of voters (1)
    ALL THE THINGS
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post #1 of 4
Thread Starter 

I got some panasonic HTF-600's awhile back because they had good reviews for $20-30, and I want to know whether I'll see an improvement by upgrading from integrated sound on my m5a99fx pro 2.0 motherboard. The sound on it is a Realtek® ALC892. There is an optical S/PDIF out and some analog jacks. I'm currently plugged in to the front panel audio jack.

If I would notice an obvious improvement in sound quality with my current headphones or I could get new ones and be within budget (I know a guy I could give these to for xmas.)

I am considering a DAC but it will likely need to be a combined dac/amp to drive the headphones, right? I'm not especially fond of the idea of getting a sound card because it would take up an expansion slot, apparently not be as well isolated from electrical noise (makes sense), and might not be supported by future motherboards. That leaves DAC+AMP route. There's usb, optical, and coax but I don't have that. Like I said before, USB will probably be supported longer(less sure in this case- correct me), but wouldn't it be nice to still be able to use the features of realtek's software and have it still look like there's only one audio solution going on. Would I lose that going the usb route? Usb is also good for  portability so I could go on my laptop too I guess. Is a combined dac/amp the right way to go? What is my best choice & a good product.

post #2 of 4

Asus Xonar DGX (PCI-E) sound card, $40 and there is a $10 mail in rebate this month.

Otherwise I can't see a good reason for spending anymore for a DAC/amp for use with the HTF-600 headphones.

Maybe get the Beyerdynamic EDT 200/250/280 Velour ear pads ($22) for the HTF-600s.


Edited by PurpleAngel - 12/6/13 at 7:14pm
post #3 of 4
Thread Starter 

Okay, I'll check that out. I might grab some better headphones later on- I just want something that'll show improvement with these or, if there isn't really much improvement to be had, maybe i'll wait until my budget is bigger and see what's out there by then. Thanks!

post #4 of 4
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Originally Posted by spaceminions View Post
 

Okay, I'll check that out. I might grab some better headphones later on- I just want something that'll show improvement with these or, if there isn't really much improvement to be had, maybe i'll wait until my budget is bigger and see what's out there by then. Thanks!

Normally it's best to spend most of your budget for headphones, but those HTF-600 are really good for such a low price.

To me the best sounding headphones for under $100 is the Gemini HSR-1000 ($56).

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