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Headphones/Soundcard Recommendations! [£300-400+]

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

Hey guys.

 

So I need a little help, I made a thread looking for suggestions on a good pair of headphones and sound-card.

 

I've already made a thread in 'Computer help' but someone suggested I should make a thread here :)

 

I'm willing to go a little over budget if for a good reason but this will be my first time owning quality audio equipment, I've never heard music throught anything but cheap gaming headphones! Therefore terminology is easily lost on me because I really know nothing, So be gentle!.

 

Thanks ^^

post #2 of 7
When i first got into this hobby i started with the HD590, the latest version is called the HD598. I would suggest the HD598 from Sennheiser. This is an open headphone too so you can still hear outside sounds but trust me these sound great for music too. They usually run about $250 so you still have money left over for a soundcard/DAC.
Edited by Byrnie - 2/16/14 at 5:15am
post #3 of 7

I'd recommend £200 to £300 headphones and a £100 amp or soundcard (e.g. schiit magni, O2, Asus ST/STX).

Headphones to look at:

Sennheiser HD600/650

AKG K702/Q701

Beyer DT880

HE400

post #4 of 7
Thread Starter 

Hey!

 

Thanks for the advice friend :) I'm looking at the HD598's at the moment, they also look really nice with the cream colouring and brown velour pads.

 

Could you suggest a good sound-card to get the best out of them? Or other related device.

 

Thanks.

 

@Kraken: Sorry! Didn't see your post, Checking those products out now :) Thanks!.


Edited by Wulfy - 2/16/14 at 5:51am
post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 

Just one nooby question if I may.

 

What is the difference between a sound-card for example and an external device such as schiit magni?

 

Do they both provide the same function or different? Can I also connect an external device to my PC to still benefit from the sound quality on videogames and movies?

 

Sorry >_<

post #6 of 7
Thread Starter 

Hey guys. back again.

 

So I'm thinking of either Sennheiser HD600 or Philips fidelio X1's with a Fiio E17?

 

How does that sound to you guys?

post #7 of 7
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Originally Posted by Wulfy View Post
 

Just one nooby question if I may.

 

What is the difference between a sound-card for example and an external device such as schiit magni?

 

Do they both provide the same function or different? Can I also connect an external device to my PC to still benefit from the sound quality on videogames and movies?

 

Sorry >_<


A soundcard contains a DAC and an amp and goes inside your computer.

You can get external DACs and external amps (and combinations of the two).

The advantage of external is that being outside the PC protects them from any interference that you might get, but they can be more expensive since they're slightly more complex. Most soundcards will also have some sort of virtual surround processing which you may or may not like for games and films, whereas external devices don't usually offer this.

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