Hi! I've just gotten paid and am looking for an upgrade to my audio.
I'm currently using HD598s alongside a Creative Soundblaster Z sound card.
What would be a nice new pair of cans, as well as an amp & dac, which would sound much better than what I currently have for less than $800? I'm willing to stretch this budget as I was just paid and have an excess of $2000 left to spend (no living expenses, still a student luckily ^^). However, if at all possible I would like to be able to save as much as I can as it was just casual work for my mum and I won't be able to work there till next year.
I listen to all kinds of music, however deep and clean bass is a must as mostly it's Trance and R&B... Then I have my JRock and other Jap songs, so it would be nice if the headphones were well rounded as well.
Tbh, my HD598s sound like utter sh*t when not EQ'd and I'm not sure if it's the sound card, headphones, cable, or my expectations of them were just way too high.. But I could honestly compare them to my cheap Sennheiser CX-300 II earbuds when they aren't EQ'd. The only difference being that the bass on my HD598s are much cleaner. It wouldn't be the recordings, as I use FLAC files... And It's not just that. Games sound the same as they do on my HD 449s and the difference between the two on Youtube are minimal.
Edit: My setup will just be on my desktop.
Preferably closed headphones as I need deep and powerful bass, and no I would not consider earphones.
Edited by Evansoft - 2/6/14 at 8:23pm