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Build Advice Sound Card - Headphones

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by RobJapan, 6 Aug 2011.

  1. RobJapan

    RobJapan New Member

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    At the moment I'm using the on board realtek sound chip with a cheap set of head phones I bought from a local electrical store.

    I have a limited budget so what would be better to get first a set of headphones or a sound card?

    I can afford to spend 5000 yen which is 40 quid give or take.
    I use my PC to listen to music and play games.

    Sound Card wise I was looking at the ASUS Xonar DG or DS.

    Headphones I'm genuinely clueless about!

    The only other problem is that I live in Japan so they have to be available to buy here.

    Any advice given would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. immoral

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    I would go with the headphones, Sennheiser are good if you can find them. I own the HD 215s they are good but a bit over your budget I think (I don't know how expensive they are in Japan)

    /Dante
     
  3. RobJapan

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    I found those headphones on a website that collects data from all online shops in Japan and it says nobody has them in stock anymore.

    I've heard Sennheiser are in general excellent headphones though.

    I know there's a lot of Japanese on here, but is there any Sennheiser headphones on here in the 5000 yen region that are great?

    http://kakaku.com/kaden/headphones/ma_465/p1001/

    EDIT - The HD428 - 4980 yen, anyone heard good things about those?
     
  4. chewbaccas_nan

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    Jvc rx700's are awesome for the price cost me £30
     
  5. MSHunter

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    HD202 are very good at the 20 pound range
     
  6. improprietary

    improprietary FT03 is a bitch to watercool

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    if you aren't an audiophile or don't have a very crappy soundcard theres really no point in getting one. You go spend your money on the best sennheisers you can find, and take good care of them :)
     
  7. docodine

    docodine killed a guy once

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    Low end Sennheisers are bad, stay away. They start getting decent at around twice your budget :lol:

    Here are some decent picks in your price range:

    http://kakaku.com/item/20466511377/
    http://kakaku.com/item/20469011142/
    http://kakaku.com/item/20463010213/
    http://kakaku.com/item/K0000263978/
    http://kakaku.com/item/20469011141/
    http://kakaku.com/item/K0000186691/
    http://kakaku.com/item/K0000149155/

    Great variety at this store! They even have the new Stax flagship, you should probably sell your kidney and get them:

    http://kakaku.com/item/K0000236482/
     
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  8. RobJapan

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    Thank you everyone for all the responses, I'll make a purchase today and let you know how they are when they arrive!

    thanks again!
     
  9. docodine

    docodine killed a guy once

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    Any updates?
     
  10. RobJapan

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    Hey, I'm sorry to reply so late..

    Despite all the great help and recommendations I received in this thread in the end I opted to get a sound card instead of new headphones.

    Even though these headphones are average at best, the difference in the sound is just unbelievable, I had read things where people were saying the difference between on board and sound cards wasn't all that big, but that's not true at all.

    I bought the Asus Xonar DG in the end, and I have been thoroughly enjoying the sounds coming from my PC ever since.
     

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