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First pair of decent headphones for electronic music. ($100-150 range)

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Hello, I am considering to get my first pair of proper headphones.

 

I typically listen to classical and chilled electronic music with female vocals. Which set would be good for bass and vocals (if that is possible), my budget is around $150. At the moment I am using the G930s which is a wireless gaming headset which uses it's own USB audio. If I were to get a set of headphones, would getting a sound card be wise or useless? My motherboard is supposed to have a good SnR ratio for onboard sound (108dB), however I'm not really sure how that would translate into real world performance. Most of my music is ripped from Youtube, which I have heard is a decent quality source now a days.

 

So basically I am asking:

 

-For laid back electronic music, what would be my best bet for $100-150?

-Instead of spending the extra $30 or so on the headphones, would getting a soundcard benefit me?

 

Thank you, I appreciate it.

post #2 of 7

Check out the Takstar Pro 80 closed headphones ($80)

 

What is the make and model of your motherboard?

 

A FiiO E10K USB DAC/Amp ($75) might offer improvement over the motherboard's on-board audio.

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When you say "good bass," do you mean deep bass extension (doesn't roll off in the sub bass but will play the super low notes), or extra bass emphasis? If extra bass emphasis, consider that the extra bass impact has to relative to something else. Many bassier headphones have recessed mids, which tend not to be the best for classical and hearing vocals.
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Check out the Takstar Pro 80 closed headphones ($80)

What is the make and model of your motherboard?

A FiiO E10K USB DAC/Amp ($75) might offer improvement over the motherboard's on-board audio.

My mobo is a 990FXA-UD3 Rev 4.
So what would be the difference between a DAC and an internal soundcard?
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When you say "good bass," do you mean deep bass extension (doesn't roll off in the sub bass but will play the super low notes), or extra bass emphasis? If extra bass emphasis, consider that the extra bass impact has to relative to something else. Many bassier headphones have recessed mids, which tend not to be the best for classical and hearing vocals.
I'm not really sure. I like a lot of bass, but I don't want the song distorted.
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I'm not really sure. I like a lot of bass, but I don't want the song distorted.

A fairly neutral headphone with good bass extension will accurately reproduce the song. But many people like more bass than that and go for v shaped headphones with significant bass emphasis. If you add extra bass, you are no longer listening to the song as it was mixed and produced. So it depends on what your definition is of distorted.
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

A fairly neutral headphone with good bass extension will accurately reproduce the song. But many people like more bass than that and go for v shaped headphones with significant bass emphasis. If you add extra bass, you are no longer listening to the song as it was mixed and produced. So it depends on what your definition is of distorted.
I would prefer it to be true to how it was mixed then.
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My mobo is a 990FXA-UD3 Rev 4.
So what would be the difference between a DAC and an internal sound card?

 

DAC - Digital to Analog Converter.

Some external DACs also comes with a built in headphone amplifier, some do not

External USB DACs bypass the computer's sound card (built in or internal) features.

Which is fine for music or any 2-channel (stereo) audio

External S/PDIF (optical & coaxial) DACs can work with sound cards (internal or built in).

 

Sound cards come with DAC chip.

Most modern sound cards are also coming with a built in headphone amplifier.

Sound cards can be internal or external

 

Sound card also comes with an audio processor chip (DACs do not).

The audio processor chip comes with features, like headphone surround sound

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