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Right now I use this soundcard.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-033-_-Product

I am going to be changing to this so I have more room for my smaller case.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102032

Is there going to be a huge difference between the two when using the A700 headphones?
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The main differents is the usb device has a headphone amp, but doesnt have any op-amp sockets. While the card you have op-amp sockets but no headphone amp. You may notice it if your used to the default op-amps in your card.
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I'm still pretty lost. There's a difference between the two amps?
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Yes there are as the usb X-Fi uses cheaper op-amps which has a different sound signature then the default op-amps that are installed on the X-Fi HD. Since the usb ones aint changeable. You might not like the switch.

I would say unless you really need the room that bad, I would keep the PCIE X-Fi HD if I was you. Because the only thing you would gain from that usb Creative XFI is what I mention which is the headphone amp function. Your A700 wouldnt benefit from it as it easy to drive, but if you planning on upgrading your headphones in the future it might come in handy for ones that would benefit from it.

Headphone amp circuit/chip are used to provide more power for headphones that req the power so they can output at there fullest, Some headphones SQ is effected if the phones are not getting enough power sent to them. As it not about the volume when it comes to amps.

Op-amps are used to change the sound signature of the Dac/output device to tailor it to your headphones/ears. There are op-amps are better then others.
Edited by admflameberg - 4/27/11 at 4:57pm
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Alright thanks! I guess I won't know until I buy one and test it out. But you're right, I do like how the PCIe card sounds. However I'm gonna do a micro setup and I won't have room for it.
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