Hey guys! This is my first post, thanks in advance.
I want to keep my budget at $500, but if you think there's something worth spending a little more on, I'm all ears. For the past couple years I've been using Bose QC15(unexpected but awesome xmas gift) with a Xonar DX 7.1 soundcard, and have been nothing but happy with it. It is light years better than just using speakers or generic headphones plugged into the motherboard, and is what showed me everything I've been missing out on. However, I find myself yearning for an even better experience now, be it watching movies, listening to music, or playing games.
So I'll start off with what I'm going to mostly be listening to:
- Movies (bluray)
- Ambient Techno(Tycho)
- Trip Hop/Jazz/Beats(Nujabes, Blazo, TwoDaysToAlaska)
- Instrumental(in my case Final Fantasy soundtracks ;p)
Looking at this thread I think I've decided on the HiFiMan HE-400, given the above are there other options I should consider?
Since I already have a soundcard, I'm wondering if getting a separate DAC would carry any benefits? As in, either hooking the DAC up to the soundcard(redundant?)or running it entirely separate? Or is the Xonar DX good enough?
The Magni + Modi combo seems to be popular as well as the best bang for your buck. And if I don't need a DAC, I'm still looking at the Magni. However, I have almost no experience other than everything I've been reading, so if you guys have any better suggestions, shoot'em at me.