Hello guys, I'm new to the forum and new to this whole audiophile stuff. Sorry if the thread is a bit long in advance, I'm just trying to be as specific as possible so I can get a better answer.
Anyways, I own a PC that I built last year but I'm using MOBO on-board audio, my goal is to improve the audio quality (for music, gaming doesn't really matter) on it since I'm not happy with how it is right now, too bassy and muddy.
I listen to mostly new prog like Porcupine Tree and Tool, also stuff like Mastodon, Dillinger Escape Plan and other genres like Nujabes and Toe. So I would like a signal that would allow me to appreciate all the details and layers in the music.
My current MOBO is an ASUS M5A99X EVO, I'm using Sennheiser HD 205 and Razer Kraken Pro Headdphones (last ones are for gaming, not music), so far no speakers or anything.
I was checking out Sennheiser's HD 598 headphones as a new purchase, but I'm convinced that on-board audio will simply not provide enough quality to enjoy it. The reason for choosing the HD's is because I think they look really good and have so cool reviews around, but I'm open for recommendations.
I remember that when I first plugged my 205's to an ipod I felt like I wasn't really hearing the music before, because I discovered so many details and that's exactly what I want to achieve again.
Another thing, I live in Mexico, so a lot of the equipment might be hard to get around here. My budget is around $600 USD (soundcard and headphones)
What do you think I should get? All the audio will be either CD's on my PC, FLAC and MP3 320 files.
Also, sorround sound is not an issue, I don't really care about that, I've found that stereo is perfectly good for my gaming endeavors, I just want to really listen to music in the highest quality possible.
PS. Don't care about recording audio either.
Hopefully I've provided enough info, thanks a lot for all your help.