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I just switched over from Audio Technica A700 64ohm headphones to Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro 80ohms.

I'm not sure if I need an amp/sound card. I've been running them straight through onboard sound. I'm not sure if it's just new headphones but it feels like the balance is towards the right. I've been told that a lack of power results in uneven audio balance. Is this true?
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post #2 of 11
Wait for true audiophile answers as I just got into the headphone game. (Sony V6) but I think 80ohm is pretty high without an amp.
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post #3 of 11
80ohms?

Yes, gonna see some pretty massive benefits from a decent soundcard...
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post #4 of 11
dude, just get the Fiio E9 & E7 and enjoy!!!

EDIT: nice headphones by the way!!
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post #5 of 11
I'd recommend one just on principle. It sounds better.
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post #6 of 11
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Do you think an Asus Xonar DX is enough to power these headphones? Also, how do I connect the soundcard to output out from the front panel of the case too?

Also, is the statement about a lack of power causing uneven audio balance true or are my headphones just faulty?
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post #7 of 11
I'd recommend a udac 2 if you can afford it. It has a headphone amp built in.
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post #8 of 11
Xonar DG should take care of you. It's got an amp.
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post #9 of 11
Depending on your needs (whether you're a gamer or not), you should consider going with an external DAC/AMP combo.

The uDac-2 and Musiland Monitor 02 are very good choices in the cheap 100s. They'll drive your headphones well and the DAC in them are solid.
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post #10 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by cuad View Post
Xonar DG should take care of you. It's got an amp.
Ha I just bought the DG for my Sony V6s as well. I was really interested in the Headphone amp built on. I havent used a soundcard since my original Sound Blaster Live!
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