Hi everybody! I am new to this community and can't wait to start learning more about audio. A couple of days ago I was completely clueless about cables and different signals but I am starting to understand some of it. Please forgive me if I don't understand what you are trying to tell me.
I have been planning for an enthusiast gaming, work, and media computer for a while and need to finalize the parts. This system will NOT be used for music production.
The motherboard I will be using is a Rampage IV Black Edition. It is supposed to have extremely good on-board audio but from looking at a few random comments it may not be enough for what I want.
I have checked out the gaming headphone thread a couple of times over the last few months. (It was suggested on reddit).
I am 100% certain that I want AKG Pro Audio K712PROStudio Headphones, a ModMic, and Corsair Gaming Audio Series SP2500 232W 2.1ch speakers.
Now I need to know how I will hook it all up and what extra gear I need. Should I get an internal sound card like the Xonar Phoebus? Do I need something external? Do I need an amp? Would the FIIO E17 Amp and FIIO E09K dock combo be enough to "drive" the AKG headphones and give me a good experience in music, movies, and games? Should I buy extra software?
The FIIO E17/E09K amp and dock combo seem like the easiest and nicest looking setup I have seen but I still have no idea what they even do or why I would need them. I did pick out a nice LED usb cable for them so I guess that is something..... I do like that the FIIO can be used as a mobile amp for a cell phone. If these are too weak and there is a similar combo that is strong enough I would be really grateful if you mentioned it.
If you have a suggestion for a gear or cables PLEASE give me a specific item name. Please don't say "get an amp." I am trying to stay below $300 with the amp, sound card, or whatever I need. If I need to go higher I will.
Note: I listen to every genre of music except Country, Dance, and Metal.
Examples from my library:
1. Woman - Maroon 5
2. The Hics - Cold Air
3. The Hics - Tangle
4. Sade - The Sweetest Taboo
5. SZA - Advil
6. Proofsound - Thirst No More
7. Proofsound - Momentum
8. A Perfect Circle - Weak and Powerless
9. Tool - Right In Two
10. Jason Derulo - Talk Dirty
11. Lil Wayne - Lollipop
12. Metallica - Frantic
13. Metallica - Master of Puppets
14. Staind - Outside
15. Silent Code - Spell Bound
16. Slow Roosevelt - Boys Lie Girls Steal
17. Brand X Music - Decimate
18. Anthony Hamilton-Can't Let Go
19. Benny Benassi - Satisfaction
20. Linkin Park - Shadow of The Day
21. 2AM Club - Mary
22. William Arcane - Departed
If you need more I can give them to you!
Thank you for visiting my post!
Edit: On the right side bar there is a picture over "What's Your MOMENTUM?" - Participate To Win!"
Who is the DJ(?) in the bottom right corner?
Edit: With those FIIO products above... Why are they both called amps and what do they do when together?
Edit: Updated purchase list: AKG Pro Audio K712PROStudio Headphones, Xonar DGX Sound Card, Schiit Modi (optical version), Schiit Magni, Schiit PYST RCA cables, and AmazonBasics Digital Optical Audio Toslink Cable (6ft).
Edited by TheLawless - 5/7/14 at 2:06pm