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I just bought an HD 595 headphone, and am looking to upgrade my soundcard.. I have a Creative SB Audigy 2. Should I buy a new soundcard or just buy a headphone amp?
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I would get this.

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Happy user of Fiio E7 reporting in wee~
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Depends on your setup, honestly. If all you use is headphones, I'd get a fiio e7 since its a dac and an amp (no need to get an e9 since 595s are not hard to drive). If you plan on using analog connections for speakers, then a soundcard with a headphone amp would be a better idea, maybe a ht omega claro or asus sonar stx.
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post #6 of 16
Headphones benefit greatly of a DAC/AMP, get the Fiio E9.
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post #7 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by duocpu2.4 View Post
Headphones benefit greatly of a DAC/AMP, get the Fiio E9.
Not all the time. Depends on the headphones. Btw, I would recommend getting a CMOY amp instead of a Fiio's amp. It just doesn't compare to the CMOY + the CMOY is quite a bit cheaper + you can switch op amps on the CMOY :]
post #8 of 16
Well first of all, what do you intend to use the headphones for? If your into gamging or a lot of movie watching, then a soundcard. If its purely for music, then get a DAC+amp
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Not all the time. Depends on the headphones.
Really? i can notice improvement even on my $40 headphones. Maybe its just me.
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post #10 of 16
Well i tested the Fiio E7 with my el cheaposet stuff and even my cheap (but decent) Soundmagic PL11 IEM benefits from it hehe What reels me in is the lush/rich sound signature though
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