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my HD595s now thank me profusely. this xonar DX may be low profile form factor but it is full of high profile sound. amazing.
 
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post #2 of 11
I like my DX a lot too.
post #3 of 11
my dx and ad700s come on tuesday

never had a sound card before!
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Originally Posted by renji1337 View Post
my dx and ad700s come on tuesday

never had a sound card before!
difference is huger than night and day when going from onboard audio
 
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post #5 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by renji1337 View Post
my dx and ad700s come on tuesday

never had a sound card before!
i can say the same thing but im looking to up myself a little more with amp and new set of headphones the AD700 are great for the price
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i can say the same thing but im looking to up myself a little more with amp and new set of headphones the AD700 are great for the price
an sound card is basically a DAC and you wont really notice MUCH difference between a DAC and an amp since they basically do the same thing
 
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post #7 of 11
I just ordered a Xonar DG because I got a pair of ATH-M50 on the for sale

And a Zalman clip on mic..$28 shipped after rebate for the sound card and mic.
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post #8 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by srsparky32 View Post
difference is huger than night and day when going from onboard audio
Some people disagree with that statement, but I for one love that my headset sounds like a good 5.1 sound system with it plugged into my xonar
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Originally Posted by srsparky32 View Post
an sound card is basically a DAC and you wont really notice MUCH difference between a DAC and an amp since they basically do the same thing
Another misunderstanding (that's your second one tonight). A DAC converts a digital signal (such as that of an MP3 file) to an analog waveform that you can hear. Many DACs do come with amplification of some sort. An amplifier is dedicated to providing power to an output source such as headphones or speakers. It increases power output of a sound source (be it a DAC, sound card, MP3 player, etc.) so that said output source gets ample power to sound its best.
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post #10 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by srsparky32 View Post
an sound card is basically a DAC and you wont really notice MUCH difference between a DAC and an amp since they basically do the same thing
Misinformation and incorrect.
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Originally Posted by RallyMaster View Post
Another misunderstanding (that's your second one tonight). A DAC converts a digital signal (such as that of an MP3 file) to an analog waveform that you can hear. Many DACs do come with amplification of some sort. An amplifier is dedicated to providing power to an output source such as headphones or speakers. It increases power output of a sound source (be it a DAC, sound card, MP3 player, etc.) so that said output source gets ample power to sound its best.
Furthermore, an amplifier is needed to power certain headphones. Typically the higher the impedance of headphones, the more you need an amplifier to drive them, but this is not true for all headphones. Some have lower impedance, but still require an amplifier to make them sound full.
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