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Two Parter: Headset/Headphones for a Big Head & 5.1 Speakers

As one might guess from the title I have two different sound-related questions here so, without further adieu:

First off, I'm in need of a good set of cans to replace my current set, which are just too tight for comfort, and have even made my jaw go numb during extended use. I wear a size 8-1/4 hat (just under 26" around the eyebrows), so my first concern is fit, followed closely by sound quality for music and gaming. Circumaural is most definitely prefered, and a built-in mic would be a bonus but strictly tertiary.

Secondly, I've been using a set of Klipsch ProMedia Ultra 5.1 speakers for those times when I don't have to worry about waking anyone up, and they've recently suffered some rather expensive damage. I'd like to get a replacement that sounds at least as good, and preferably with speakers that don't require a wire-stripper and your own copper wire to hook up.

I'd prefer not to spend more than $300 combined, but I could go to $400 combined if there was a really compelling reason.
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    The reference point on the head is generally the Sennheisers .... most audio buffs go for the $150 and $250 price points.

    For "PC Speakers", the most common "buff" selection w/o getting to crazy on price is the Logitech 5500's which can be found every 6 weeks or so on the Dell site for $220ish. Newegg is $350ish. Watch sites like dealtime, fatwallet fr notices as to whether the deal is on.

    http://www.xpbargains.com/index.php/send_deal/105140
    http://www.dealoverflow.com/peripherals/logitech-z-5500-speaker-system-220-dell/
    http://www.dealitem.com/page/Detail.aspx?ID=888685
    $315 new http://cgi.ebay.com/Logitech-Z5500-THX-5-1-notebook-desktop-laptop-Speakers-/110652543966?pt=Speakers_Subwoofers&hash=item19c367d3de

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    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826106494
  2. JackNaylorPE said:
    The reference point on the head is generally the Sennheisers .... most audio buffs go for the $150 and $250 price points.

    For "PC Speakers", the most common "buff" selection w/o getting to crazy on price is the Logitech 5500's which can be found every 6 weeks or so on the Dell site for $220ish. Newegg is $350ish. Watch sites like dealtime, fatwallet fr notices as to whether the deal is on.


    Thanks for the tips!

    One other question has popped up; I'm currently using my MoBo's integrated audio (ALC888). Would I actually gain anything by buying a discrete sound-card, such as an Azuentech Forte?
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