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Any Audiophiles here?

#132x2zPosted 11/16/2013 2:06:33 PM
I'm looking at buying a soundcard and headphones. I was thinking this combination.
http://www.amazon.com/product/dp/B000Y03A3A?tag=donations09-20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829132010
Am I maximizing my soundcard with the current headphones? If I am not what should I buy in order to get my moneys worth from the sound card?
#2RussianRainbowPosted 11/16/2013 2:09:48 PM
I normally just look up anything sound related on headfi.org

Got a pair of Vsonic GR07s the other day.
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#3noname278Posted 11/16/2013 2:12:16 PM
Audio Technica M50's are great.
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#4DiviDudePosted 11/16/2013 2:13:40 PM
Audiophiles don't use headphones :)

Anyway, I think your concern is exactly backwards; the headphones are probably better than the sound card deserves.

And even so, IMO you're paying too much for both. Returns diminish very steeply at around $100 for headphones, and probably even lower for an internal sound card.
#5EngineeringRacePosted 11/16/2013 2:20:38 PM
DiviDude posted...
Audiophiles don't use headphones :)

Anyway, I think your concern is exactly backwards; the headphones are probably better than the sound card deserves.

And even so, IMO you're paying too much for both. Returns diminish very steeply at around $100 for headphones, and probably even lower for an internal sound card.


Oh dear. Oh dear oh dear. TC, your best bet is to make this exact topic on head-fi as Gamefaqs is an immense pile of misinformation. You'd sooner get inadvertent info on how to accidentally kill yourself than actual good advice.

Still cringing.
#6DV8ingSourcesPosted 11/16/2013 2:23:34 PM(edited)
EngineeringRace posted...
Still cringing.


Yeah Dividude and especially his 100 dollar headphone spiel, was so wrong as far as 'audiophile' quality goes I just about had my skull implode.

Go to Head-fi.Org for much more accurate advice.
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#7urtvPosted 11/16/2013 2:42:15 PM
noname278 posted...
Audio Technica M50's are great.


this is why you dont want to ask about audio questions on gamefaqs.head over to head-fi.org and ask there instead
#8DiviDudePosted 11/16/2013 2:45:09 PM
Yeah sorry guys, I worked for a while as an *audio engineer*. I'm speaking from actual experience, not because of what some website told me to think.

Basically, there are very strong inherent sonic limitations imposed by the smaller speaker size of headphones. Physical limitations. Speakers of that size cannot match either the frequency range, accuracy, or dynamic range of even decent $200 monitor speakers. Not even the most expensive headphones you can find - and again, this is an *an inherent and insurmountable physical limitation with headphones*. No marketing gimmicks or word of mouth can undo this fact.

But you can keep trying to rationalize your purchase of $300 headphones all you'd like :)
#9TheWayOfTheGunPosted 11/16/2013 2:48:43 PM
I wouldn't call myself an audiophile but I have spent thousands of dollars on audio equipment and have tried dozens and dozens of different devices,

I can't comment on internal sound cards since I use external audio interfaces for my recording but as for cans, I highly recommend Grado's.

I have owned Audio Technica, Behringer, and Denon's but Grado is my favorite.

I spent a bit more than you would like to spend but you can get the SR125's for $150. Probably cheaper if you look at 3rd party sites. They will not disappoint.

http://www.crutchfield.com/p_786SR125I/Grado-SR125i.html?tp=60828
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#10DV8ingSourcesPosted 11/16/2013 2:50:23 PM
DiviDude posted...
I worked for a while as an *audio engineer*.


Doesn't mean you were any good at your job now does it? Materials have changed and sonic space technologies matured to the point that yes there is a huge difference between a 100 dollar set of cans and something like sennheiser HD800's. The whole I worked in the industry 'backup' on the internet is sad and irrelevant.

Either you are lying, or honestly clueless and haven't experienced high end headphones for yourself.
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