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I have a Creative SB Audigy 2 right now for my soundcard, and am looking to upgrade it. Should I buy a soundcard or a headphone amp?
ie:http://www.turtlebeach.com/products/...force-dss.aspx
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What are you using for output devices (speakers/headphones)?
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post #3 of 28
i checked your profile and it says that you use HD 280s. you don't need an amp for those. you don't need an amp for 595s either.
Edited by cuad - 8/6/11 at 12:54pm
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post #4 of 28
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I just bought HD 595's, and will be using them to play BF3, and for listening to music/watching movies.

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i checked your profile and it says that you use HD 280s. you don't need an amp for those.
Ty for reminding me, need to change that
post #5 of 28
What you can use is a soundcard with a headphone amp. Like the Asus Xonar DG or Essence STX.
Will be perfect for your headphone.
    
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post #6 of 28
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What you can use is a soundcard with a headphone amp. Like the Asus Xonar DG or Essence STX.
Will be perfect for your headphone.
For my HD 595's?
post #7 of 28
Yes for your HD 595
    
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post #8 of 28
I'll have to disagree with that. The HD595 isn't that hard to drive (at least the 50 ohm version isn't). That's most likely the version you have so given that assumption, you should probably just get an Asus, HT Omega or Creative card in a given price range. It'll help you more than a headphone amplifier will.
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post #9 of 28
I have both the HD 595's and the Xonar DG. Don't let the cheap price of the sound card fool you, my headphones sound incredible compared to onboard audio with the DG. So much so I doubt it can get any better buying a much more expensive card.
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post #10 of 28
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I'm kind of stuck on the point that the soundcard will only be for my PC, where as the headphone amp can be used for multiple things (xbox,ps3,pc,dvd players,etc).. I mean I already have a soundcard but will a headphone amp really improve the sound on the soundcard I already have? Because I primarily want to use it for gaming so I can hear everything around me (surround sound)
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