Hi y'all. I'm really not a audiophile, but I do like good quality sound. I've always bought Bose for the simplicity of their setup, but I've never really felt like I was getting the best quality sound. I mean, they're an upgrade from stock laptop speakers or the free headphones that come with your phone or MP3 player, but that's it.
I'm currently rocking a pair of Bose QC15 headphones and I'm looking to upgrade to something better. I originally got the Bose because of the excellent noise cancellation because I'm on the road a lot. I'm still going to use them for on the road, but I don't really like the sound for home listening. Headphones are supposed to sound better when you turn them up, not worse.
I'm currently looking at the Sennheiser HD600 headphones. I've never head open backed headphones before, but I'm considering them because my ears get uncomfortably hot while wearing the Bose. And when I'm listening at home, I'm always alone in a quiet room so I don't have to worry about bothering anyone else with sound leakage.
Now as I understand it, these headphones really need an amp in order to use them to their full potential. I listen to EVERYTHING through my PC which is connected to a 55" TV. I was thinking about getting the Sound Blaster Zx series dedicated sound card. It supposedly supports 600 ohm's which as I understand it should be enough for these headphones. I'll be honest. I have no idea what an ohm is, but I find it hard to believe that this card, which connects through a PCI-e x1 connection on the motherboard and requires no additional power from the power supply would be as good as a dedicated amp, but correct me if I'm wrong. I think the maximum power output of a PCI-e slot is 75 watts.
Now I'm trying to buy everything locally just in case I need to return it. I have VERY BAD luck when it comes to buying stuff as most of the stuff I get is defective from the factory and I need to exchange it. I'm talking even my office chair I had to exchange because the lift mechanism was seized right out of the box. It could just be a sign of the times as I never had this problem 5+ years ago.
The only external amp I can find locally is the Sound Blaster E1 HD. Is that better than what's built into this card? It also says it supports 600 ohm's.
My last question is, is the Sennheiser HD600 a good enough upgrade from my current Bose headphones? Maybe it's my crappy integrated sound card that's really the problem and not my headphones (though these Bose headphones don't really sound very good to me even on my laptop). I have one of the last motherboards made by Intel and it's a rock solid board, but it doesn't really have any state of the art stuff.