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Old March 26, 2011, 09:38 AM
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Question Looking to improve my PC audio system

Right now I am using:
-Dell speakers with sub-woofer
-On-board sound on a good-quality board
-Sony MDR-XD100 headphones

I want to achieve the better audio quality for music. What would be the best thing to upgrade first for a price range of around 100$? And I want to either upgrade my speakers or headphones, not both, depending on which will give me the best quality.
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Old March 26, 2011, 11:31 AM
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At that price range, a headphone upgrade would be the most noticeable improvement.
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Old March 26, 2011, 12:11 PM
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NCIX.com - Buy Steelseries 7H Headset HI-FI Headphones 18-28000HZ 32OHM 10FT Cable W/ Mic -BLACK - Steelseries - 61050 - in Canada

This is a bit more than I planned on spending but it appears to provide good sound quality. I am aware that it is a headset, but I do need one. Would this be good?
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Old March 26, 2011, 02:45 PM
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I would suggest a proper pair of quality stereo headphones and then buy a separate cheap headset, remove the microphone from it and mod it onto the headphones using some double-sided velcro. Your money will go much further this way.

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YouTube - Auidophile Headset Mod
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the XD100s are outstanding headphone for the cash, but if you spend more cash, you'll definitely notice an improvement.
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I found a great deal on the Audiotechnica ATH A700 headphones seen in the video, which fit my price range. Seems like an obvious choice to me. Any reasons to reconsider? And thanks for the replies.
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The AD700's aren't bad for most music genres, but if you listen to rap or hip hop you'll lose out on "oomph" (bass).

The best all-around headphones I've ever used are Beyer DT 880 and DT 990. A lot of people like the 880's more, but I dunno...music just sounds more fun on my DT 990. Try to find a store where you can test run some headphones with your mp3 player!
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The AD700's aren't bad for most music genres, but if you listen to rap or hip hop you'll lose out on "oomph" (bass).

The best all-around headphones I've ever used are Beyer DT 880 and DT 990. A lot of people like the 880's more, but I dunno...music just sounds more fun on my DT 990. Try to find a store where you can test run some headphones with your mp3 player!
For a little over 100$, grab a pair of ATH M50 or Fischer audio FA-011. Great headphones
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The AD700's aren't bad for most music genres, but if you listen to rap or hip hop you'll lose out on "oomph" (bass).

The best all-around headphones I've ever used are Beyer DT 880 and DT 990. A lot of people like the 880's more, but I dunno...music just sounds more fun on my DT 990. Try to find a store where you can test run some headphones with your mp3 player!
Just keep in mind the 880's are semi-open and the 990's are fully open. Pick up the 770s for a closed set. Pay attention to which ohm rating you get with these. It ranges from 32obm - 600ohm. If you're running it from your comps onboard or a midrange soundcard, I'd get the 80 ohm ones.

The ATH M50's aren't bad either. I picked up my DT770s for comfort first and good quality audio second.
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Recommended Fischer Audio FA-004. Mine just arrived, and it's fantastic

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