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Ok so here goes my first foray into the head-fi forums and the audiophile world in general.....

 

I want to find the optimal acoustic setup with my custom built PC rig for two things:

 

1)PC Gaming with no headphones, using a 2.1 pc speaker system (considering Corsair Gaming Audio Series SP2500)

 

AND 

 

2) Listen to music (both stored locally on the PC and streaming via Spotify) WITH headphones using some HD-600s I ordered (still awaiting delivery)

 

Should I invest in a DAC/amp combo, separate DAC and amp, or use a soundacrd?

 

Are their any material benefits to having a separate DAC and amp rather than a DAC/amp combo?

 

What is the best input for headphone sound quality (slightly more general in scope - not necessarily restricted to HD-600s)

 

I am willing to consider other options; I am looking in the $300 - $450 range. 

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Originally Posted by gobsmacked View Post
 

Ok so here goes my first foray into the head-fi forums and the audiophile world in general.....

I want to find the optimal acoustic setup with my custom built PC rig for two things:

1)PC Gaming with no headphones, using a 2.1 pc speaker system (considering Corsair Gaming Audio Series SP2500)

AND 

2) Listen to music (both stored locally on the PC and streaming via Spotify) WITH headphones using some HD-600s I ordered (still awaiting delivery)

Should I invest in a DAC/amp combo, separate DAC and amp, or use a soundacrd?

Are their any material benefits to having a separate DAC and amp rather than a DAC/amp combo?

What is the best input for headphone sound quality (slightly more general in scope - not necessarily restricted to HD-600s)

I am willing to consider other options; I am looking in the $300 - $450 range. 

I would recommend to getting the Audio-GD NFB-15.32 ($255+shipping) or NFB-11.32 ($340+shipping), both are great external DAC/amps, but Audio-GD will not be restocking them until March.

post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 

Thanks Purple!  I will consider give Audio-GD serious consideration.

post #4 of 13

Don't worry too much about having the DAC-amp in the same box - a lot of them have power supplies and other circuits designed specifically so there won't be an audible compromise* at that price for the HD600. As for the speakers, how much space do you have? If you can spare a fair bit space over the typical 2.1 computer speakers, you might want to try the Swans M50W. SFX, especially the bottom end on these things, are spectacular. I had their D1080 MkII, larger monitors with no dedicated subwoofer, and the crunch of a cavalry charge in Total War games comes through like the SFX for The Return of the King when Rohan's cavalry smashed through the orcs outside Minas Tirith. Explosions on FPS games are also fantastic on speakers like these. When I play house music (you can tell that's what I listen to before people widely used the term "EDM") I use the speakers instead for the bass, and even without a sub I can hear the beat from downstairs.




*except for the plain chassis where you can see all the screws, but since they aren't ugly or in bright colors, this isn't a problem (for me)

post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 

Thanks Protege!  Where might I purchase some Swan speakers?  I attempted to follow it through the links to purchase...it was a no go.  Great description of the soundstage via LoTR scenery, btw.

post #6 of 13

Try the AudioInsider if you're in North America. They have other dealers with links on their site, one of them sells computer stuff.

post #7 of 13

 Logitech Speaker System Z623 

 Harman Kardon Soundsticks III 

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post #9 of 13

Currently, the Corsair SP2500 are better than anything that Logitech has out right now but the Audioengine A5+ would better or go for a pair of studio monitors from Guitar Center (depending on how much you wanna spend).

 

For headphones I would suggest you go for the HD598s for as they won't require a dedicated amp and you could run them off your Corsair speakers.

post #10 of 13
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Here you go http://bestpcspeakers.org/best-computer-speakers/

 

Only small plastic speakers there. Those who have more space should consider active monitors with larger drivers and real wood cabinets.

post #11 of 13
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Here you go http://bestpcspeakers.org/best-computer-speakers/

I can't trust any article that has several bose recommendations.

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I can't trust any article that has several bose recommendations.

A piece of me dies every time I see a Bose recommendation even when it's for their headphones, which are great for noise-cancelling.  I just can't stand them (or Beats).

post #13 of 13

How about sound card ? Creative Sound Blaster Z has headphone amp

 

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