Good Studio Headphones & DACs, which should I buy?
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    Default Good Studio Headphones & DACs, which should I buy?

    I'm having thouble to listen to music with my notebook's speakers, and buying some external speakers would bother my family too much haha. So I decided to buy just a DAC and a good studio headphone.
    Now, what are the best ones?
    Doing some research I found that Audio-Technica ATH-M50 is a good choice.... is it?
    What about DACs, is there any difference at all between them?

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    Are you planning to use these studio headphones for mixing or producing? DJ/production sound cards often include a decent enough DAC+headphone amp as well as additional IO for other equipment.
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    I'm planning to use them to hear my favorite podcasts and my Ableton mixing with maximum quality, specially the low frequencies
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    yeah- nearly every production oriented soundcard made in the past several years is going to have pretty decent converters. Dont believe all the hype around "sound quality" of recording interfaces and DACs since it's usually all confirmation bias and people can rarely tell the difference with proper ab testing.

    Also shameless plug i'm selling a komplete audio 6 for real cheap at $160, only selling it since I needed a new interface with ADAT out or I would have liked to keep it- the sound quality is excellent and it is a great interface


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    so, for maximum quality I should buy a sound card right? but what is it? hahaha whats the difference between a sound card and a DAC?
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    Every sound card has a DAC built in. Sound cards may also include a headphone amplifier, as well as various other inputs and outputs.
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    oh I see, and how does it work with the notebook? I just buy it, plug it in on the USB port and I'm done? does it need some advanced knowledge to "install"? I just want to use it to hear the best from what is happening inside my pc, either poor quality tracks on soundcloud or wave tracks in Ableton Live.
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    Do you need anything else from a sound card e.g. independant outputs for speakers, microphone/instrument/line inputs, MIDI etc?

    I suggest you buy the headphones 1st and see how they sound straight out of your notebook.
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    yeah I have a pioneer HDJ-1000 and it sucks when plugged in my notebook hahaha it is a lame notebook. And I don't need any MIDI or anything else, I just want a way of plugging a very good headphone on some kind of "sound card" that is plugged in my notebook so I can really hear the whole quality that Ive been missing all these years. And want to know what are the best Studio Headphones, so I can use them for hours (something I can't do with the HDJ-1000).
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    I have one of these:

    http://www.dangerousmusic.com/products/source

    Amazing quality for the features, looks great under my MBP I use it for Ableton as well

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