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Old March 30, 2009, 11:30 PM
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If I had to choose one or the other, I'd be looking at a sound card. Not only does it clean up your source signal, sometimes it will give you the means to brute force your way through the headphone's shortcomings. It gives you more options in the future, such as feeding the (better) signal into a sound system or similar. And personally, I can vouch that my old $19.99 cans definitely took on new life after I invested in a Prelude.

But a little of both might have some merit too - for all the virtues of the $100+ headphones, you can get some surprisingly solid stuff for $50 or less, and spend the rest on a decent sound card and possibly come away even better.
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