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Always invest more into your headphone/loudspeaker than into the DAC/AMP.

With over 200$ you can get a really good entry level hifi headphone like the DT770 Pro (closed) or 990 Pro (open). They both have very much bass, if you like something more neutral go for the AKG 601 (if you can still get them anywhere) or the AKG 272.

As soundcard i would say something like a Xonar DGX and for a mic it depends, Zalman Clipmic (around 10$), Modmic (around 35$) would be good choices, if you want something better you can get for example a Blue Snowball usb mic.

I agree with Rhizo, you can simply hear everything with them!

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Audio/speakers

-wireworld starlight 1m usb a to mini b cable

-musical fidelity vdac II (...it sounds brilliant..takes all of that audio converting outside of the computer)..I think that internal sound cards do a horrible job, so much electrical noise inside a computer...

-wireworld oasis 6 audio interconnects

-shunyata venom 3 power cable for amp

-rega brio-r amplifier

Kimber bi wire w/ banana plugs terminations on either end

-woofer wire is 8vs

-tweeter wire is 4vs

-wharfdale diamond 10.1 bookshelf speakers in rosewood


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Audio/speakers

-wireworld starlight 1m usb a to mini b cable

-musical fidelity vdac II (...it sounds brilliant..takes all of that audio converting outside of the computer)..I think that internal sound cards do a horrible job, so much electrical noise inside a computer...

-wireworld oasis 6 audio interconnects

-shunyata venom 3 power cable for amp

-rega brio-r amplifier

Kimber bi wire w/ banana plugs terminations on either end

-woofer wire is 8vs

-tweeter wire is 4vs

-wharfdale diamond 10.1 bookshelf speakers in rosewood

any input on a good headphone amplifier to plug into the pass through on the amp would be greatly appreciated...

$300 range

Right now I just have sennheiser hd380's but I'm going to grab some mid range grado's soon....


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Got a Beyerdynamic dt 770 pro 80 ohm coming in the mail, along with an Asus Xonar Essence STX. I also got a pair of Bose Companion 2, which I got for free, so you can say they are a good value. They are decent, even on onboard. But I am real excited about the Beyers. So total list of sound products:

Beyerdynamic dt 770 pro 80 ohm

Bose Companion 2

Blue Microphones Yeti

Asus Xonar Essence STX

Logitech g35 (Broke)

Sennheiser hd 201 (Broke)

My dads amazing Beyerdynamic T1 Tesla, which I am not allowed to use (Tried once, DAMN SWEET)


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Here's my ghetto HiFi setup. Pretty much everything I got used from value village or the computer recycle shop for under $10. The only exception were the headphones.

headphones: Pioneer SE-A1000's

Amp: Sony TA-AX311 (plus the cassette deck and tuner it came with which act as a fancy looking stand.)

Speakers: MCS somethings.

Soundcard: Creative X-Fi pro Fatal1ty

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My setup is:

Onboard Audio -> Logitech Z-906 -> DT990 Pro

But i rarely use the DT990 Pro because i am not much of a headphone guy when listening to sound in general. I always prefer speakers to headphones. I only use headphones for my portable audio setup.

iPod 4th gen -> FiiO E11 -> DT990 Premium


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Just out of curiosity, what are people using for mics? Anyone running something other than a headset?

Personally I was on a Shure KSM42 however as I'm now only using it for TS3 and Skype i've dropped it to a Shure SM58. What's yours?

Samson C01U atm. Going to upgrade to something else, though I'm still not sure what exactly.
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2x Adam A5X

Presonus Audiobox VSL1818 (poor ASIO-drivers for playing VSTis)

RME Babyface

I wonder, is there or will there be an extra subforum for computer-based recording and music production?

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Headphones:

Compact Monitors Stage 2 custom IEM

Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro

Beyerdynamic DT880 Pro

Audezé LCD 2

Speakers:

Monitor Audio RX2

planning to buy a pair of Genelec 8050 or PSI A17, not enough money atm :(

AMPs/DACs

Accuphase E203 (really old stereo amp, love it)

Asus Xonar DGX

Fostex HPA3

Audezé LCD 2 Eh?

How good are they?

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Headphones:

Compact Monitors Stage 2 custom IEM

Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro

Beyerdynamic DT880 Pro

Audezé LCD 2

Speakers:

Monitor Audio RX2

planning to buy a pair of Genelec 8050 or PSI A17, not enough money atm :(

AMPs/DACs

Accuphase E203 (really old stereo amp, love it)

Asus Xonar DGX

Fostex HPA3

Audezé LCD 2 Eh? How good are they?

They are awesome.

My all-time-favorite headphones, incredible bass, no peaks/falls in the frequency response.

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At the moment, I'm using:

Speakers: Polk Audio RTi A1

AMP: (a vintage) Technics stereo receiver, its about 15 years old now! However soon to be upgraded to a Marantz PM6004

USB DAC: HRT Music Streamer II

Headphones: Bowers & Wilkins P5, just picked up a C5 (and am very impressed!)

After I get a new integrated amplifier, I want to upgrade my speakers to either a Kef Q300, B&W 683, or Tannoy DCT6. Still undecided there...

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PC optical output>Benchmark DAC1 USB>connected with balanced XLR cables to McIntosh MA6300 Integrated amplifier>B&W 805D speakers.

I also sometimes use the Benchmark DAC1 as a headphone amplifier when listening to my Audio Technica ATH AD1000's.

I'm planning on getting a new headphone soon but I'm so confused on what to get. Had my eye on the Tesla T1 but then heard mixed opinions on it.

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HD 218

And HD429s

Brilliant cans.

Also got an old Audigy 2 Sound card. It serves me well :)

DRKM


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Onboard soundcard >> TOSlink bable >> astro mixamp >> microlab solo 7c ....such a shame considering some of the setups in this thread


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Pair of Yamaha HS50M

Presonus Audiobox USB Interface

Audio-Technica ATH-M50s

Behringer HA400 for a cheap amp fix since my interface can't power the AT's

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Same headphones for 4 years..[ATTACH=CONFIG]n1910[/ATTACH]


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AKG K702 headphones

Audioengine D1 DAC

Little Dot MK II headphone amplifier

M-Audio AV30 Speakers

I'm in love with this setup. It's beyond incredible for music and awesome for gaming, detail and soundstage helps a lot. The Little Dot is great because it has preamp outputs meaning I don't have to split the connection to go out to speakers. The AV30s are great value for anyone looking for decent speakers on the cheap, and are a hell of a lot better than any regular computer speakers I've had before. They're essentially little studio monitors and being active means they hardly take up any space!


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Audio Beyerdynamic DT990pro headphones - Audioengine D1 DAC/AMP - Swan D1080-IV speakers

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crappy phone picture with awful lighting, anyway.

Sources

xindac dac-5 getting optical from computer.

mcs 6600 direct drive turntable

headphones

amb labs m^3 diy amp

hifiman he-500

speakers

jolida jd202 40w tube amp

marantz hd770


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101_1681.jpg

crappy phone picture with awful lighting, anyway.

Sources

xindac dac-5 getting optical from computer.

mcs 6600 direct drive turntable

headphones

amb labs m^3 diy amp

hifiman he-500

speakers

jolida jd202 40w tube amp

marantz hd770

How low down do you end up? Do you manage to get your ears above the LF path?
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At the moment, I'm using:

Speakers: Polk Audio RTi A1

AMP: (a vintage) Technics stereo receiver, its about 15 years old now! However soon to be upgraded to a Marantz PM6004

USB DAC: HRT Music Streamer II

Headphones: Bowers & Wilkins P5, just picked up a C5 (and am very impressed!)

After I get a new integrated amplifier, I want to upgrade my speakers to either a Kef Q300, B&W 683, or Tannoy DCT6. Still undecided there...

get some quads...

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