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Sound card or really good headphones?

#1FlyinTonitePosted 3/7/2014 8:42:30 PM
Which is it. My afterglow headset broke so I'm looking into a replacement option asap.
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#2MyDogSkipPosted 3/7/2014 8:49:09 PM(edited)
What sort of budget do you have? A sound card won't do much if you don't have nice equipment to push the sound. A decent pair of headphones (<$150) is a great step above the crap most people use, but any higher than that and you'll want a headphone amp to take full advantage of them. Some sound cards have a headphone amp built in. A decent soundcard isn't that expensive, but most people don't need them.
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#3FlyinTonite(Topic Creator)Posted 3/7/2014 8:51:34 PM
2-300
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#4daemon_danPosted 3/7/2014 8:52:29 PM
FlyinTonite posted...
2-300


If this is the case, either both, or spend around 200 on nice headphones and get a heaphone amp with the rest of your budget instead of a sound card.
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#5ClouddxPosted 3/7/2014 8:54:00 PM
Headphones + external DAC/AMP
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#6MyDogSkipPosted 3/7/2014 8:56:49 PM(edited)
Head-fi is usually a much better place to start. Check out the section on mid-range headphones in this article:

http://www.head-fi.org/a/headphone-buying-guide

Your choice will depend somewhat on your preference for open or closed headphones as well as whether you want them to be bass-heavy or not. After selecting a couple that seem good, check out more thorough reviews and see if there are any specific qualities you are looking for.

For example, I have a pair of $100 Creative Aurvana Live! closed headphones that I bought because I read that they were very comfortable and worked well with Dolby Surround (for gaming) as well as music. I'm very happy with them, especially since I got them for $65.

It's always best to try headphones out in person if you can, but a lot of times that isn't really an option. If a pair of headphones is marked with a 2 or 3, it would benefit from an amp, and that's when you'd want to research sound cards some more or look into DACs.
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#7TheWayOfTheGunPosted 3/7/2014 8:57:01 PM
Apples to Oranges.

Soundcards are internal, headphones are external.

I'd say go with both.
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#8r0ge00Posted 3/8/2014 1:54:18 AM
MyDogSkip posted...
Head-fi is usually a much better place to start. Check out the section on mid-range headphones in this article.


For additional information, check out the two threads below.

www.head-fi.org/t/534479/
www.head-fi.org/t/593050/

Ideally headphones + sound card to start. You could add an amp or even a DAC and amp later down the line if you get some headphones that need it.
#9dennis941012Posted 3/8/2014 2:33:57 AM
Clouddx posted...
+ external DAC/AMP

can't find guide to external DAC/AMP
and good ones go for multiple grand...
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#10Master_BassPosted 3/8/2014 3:00:21 AM
Clouddx posted...
Headphones + external DAC/AMP

This.
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