Hello everyone! I've been lurking on the forums for a month now, using guides like Mad Lust Envy's and other people's threads to try and find a great replacement for my old headphones. Back in 2005 I bought some Sennheiser PC 150 headset/headphones and I was very, very happy with the purchase. I had no clue how much better it made music and gaming sound especially paired with a Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic sound card but unfortunately the headphones broke 2 years later and I was heartbroken. I've used a 5.1 speaker system since then but now I can no longer use a speaker setup for noise reasons and I was hoping that Head-Fi would be able to help me out.
I'd be using the replacement headphones for listening to video game music, like what is played on GFTO Awesomeness, being immersed in games like Skyrim, playing emulators like N64 and playstation, watching Netflix and sometimes playing FPSs like Red Orchestra 2/ Rising Storm.
I've been looking at the Philips fidelio x1, read great things about it but a couple questions come to mind. Do I have to buy a sound card and get an amp like the Schiit Magni to be able to enjoy these headphones? Would just a sound card be enough? Is the sound difference huge with a sound card and amp compared to just a sound card? If I were to get a sound card, I hear the Xonar DX would be a good card to pair the headphones with or is there something better? Are my needs not right for the Philips Fidelio X1?
Thank you for taking your time to help me out. I really appreciate all the advice you guys can give me.