Question Headphone / AMP / Questions and Preferances

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So I'm very, very surface level when it comes to audiophile but since my corsair virtuoso dongle died, my next headphones will be a beginners studio setup. I have an external mic on a boom arm so this would be purely headphones.
My first question would be, what cable is coming off of these headphones?
https://www.guitarcenter.com/AKG/K271-MKII-Headphones-1273887983561.gc

Those are the headphones I was planning on getting, but I'm thinking I'm gonna need an AMP to utilize that cable. This is all for desktop setup, btw.
My motherboard: https://www.newegg.com/asus-rog-strix-z390-e-gaming/p/N82E16813119151
ROG SupremeFX S1220A High Definition Audio CODEC
8 Channels
* Due to limitations in HDA bandwidth, 32-Bit / 192 kHz is not supported for 8-Channel audio.
From what I've read, this is sufficient enough to run headphones without an amp.

So, if anyone has headphone recommendations up to ~$250 USD that I don't need an amp for, they'd be much appreciated. Other than that, if there's a pairing of AMP and headphones that also fall around that price mark, shoot 'em over. I was planning on using guitar center to purchase the stuff because I don't like waiting for shipping.
 

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So I'm very, very surface level when it comes to audiophile but since my corsair virtuoso dongle died, my next headphones will be a beginners studio setup. I have an external mic on a boom arm so this would be purely headphones.
My first question would be, what cable is coming off of these headphones?
https://www.guitarcenter.com/AKG/K271-MKII-Headphones-1273887983561.gc

Those are the headphones I was planning on getting, but I'm thinking I'm gonna need an AMP to utilize that cable. This is all for desktop setup, btw.
My motherboard: https://www.newegg.com/asus-rog-strix-z390-e-gaming/p/N82E16813119151
ROG SupremeFX S1220A High Definition Audio CODEC
8 Channels
* Due to limitations in HDA bandwidth, 32-Bit / 192 kHz is not supported for 8-Channel audio.
From what I've read, this is sufficient enough to run headphones without an amp.

So, if anyone has headphone recommendations up to ~$250 USD that I don't need an amp for, they'd be much appreciated. Other than that, if there's a pairing of AMP and headphones that also fall around that price mark, shoot 'em over. I was planning on using guitar center to purchase the stuff because I don't like waiting for shipping.
That's a mini XLR connection but I think that is the connection to the headphone itself.

If you want those, they are much cheaper on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0016MOC28/ref=emc_b_5_t

The K553 MKII may be a better choice for closed back. If you are OK with an open back set, the Phillips Fidelio X2HR are great for about $150. Massdrop Sennsheisers are also good, although take longer to get, HD6XX or the 58x Jubilee https://drop.com/buy/massdrop-sennheiser-hd6xx https://drop.com/buy/massdrop-x-sennheiser-hd-58x-jubilee-headphones

Neither should need an external amp to drive them with your motherboard.
 
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That's a mini XLR connection but I think that is the connection to the headphone itself.

If you want those, they are much cheaper on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0016MOC28/ref=emc_b_5_t

The K553 MKII may be a better choice for closed back. If you are OK with an open back set, the Phillips Fidelio X2HR are great for about $150. Massdrop Sennsheisers are also good, although take longer to get, HD6XX or the 58x Jubilee https://drop.com/buy/massdrop-sennheiser-hd6xx https://drop.com/buy/massdrop-x-sennheiser-hd-58x-jubilee-headphones

Neither should need an external amp to drive them with your motherboard.
Yep yep, picked up some AKG 702s and found that the 6.5mm was an adapter, you just unscrew it and then plug in and play! Love the new sound of these. Probably will end up getting a Fico or something just so I can make it a bit louder should I want.
 

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