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Originally Posted by brandontaz2k2 View Post
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)
There's nothing to be stuck on. The amplifier will do ~nothing~ for you. The sound card ~will~ improve sound for you.

It's a pretty obvious choice here. Either buy nothing or buy a sound card.
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There's nothing to be stuck on. The amplifier will do ~nothing~ for you. The sound card ~will~ improve sound for you.

It's a pretty obvious choice here. Either buy nothing or buy a sound card.
I don't know whether or not to believe you based on your previous posts... Lots of trollin' going on there...
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I don't know whether or not to believe you based on your previous posts... Lots of trollin' going on there...
lol. Okay. I guess I trolled my way to 356 rep and have very cherished and loved audio posts in my sig. Ok, bye.
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lol. Okay. I guess I trolled my way to 356 rep and have very cherished and loved audio posts in my sig. Ok, bye.
I don't see anything about amplifiers, just sound cards.. If you have anything on amplifiers I'll start to believe you, but it seems that all you know about is sound cards.
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All I can tell you is that my HD 595's don't sound that great on my laptop or onboard sound. Meanwhile, they sound amazing on my Xonar DG. I have no clue if that's due to the built-in amplifier or the sound card itself however.

In the end, it's up to you to decide what to buy.
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post #16 of 28
I wouldn't knock Simca if I were you. She knows a lot about headphone-based audio in general.

I'm going to make this pretty simple though since I've owned the HD595 and used it with and without a headphone amplifier: the amp doesn't do much of anything. There you have it.
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post #17 of 28
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I don't see anything about amplifiers, just sound cards.. If you have anything on amplifiers I'll start to believe you, but it seems that all you know about is sound cards.
I don't put stand alone amp sections in my work because I wouldn't consider one other than an E9 until the 600 dollar range and most people on OCN aren't going to drop that on an amp. Most of the USB DACs in my posts have built in amps and are a better bang for the buck, otherwise the E9 is just fine for anything under 600 dollars ftmp if you're not buying a USB DAC.

But you'd have to know more about USB DACs and audio in general to know that.

Some headphones require headphone amps to produce better quality audio or even to not sound like a mouse, but the HD595s are definitely not one of those.

As for the person wondering why his DG sounded better-it's because it's a sound card, not because of the headphone amp. Laptop audio is horrific. So is on board.
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I wouldn't knock up Simca if I were you. She knows a lot about headphone-based audio in general.

I'm going to make this pretty simple though since I've owned the HD595 and used it with and without a headphone amplifier: the amp doesn't do much of anything. There you have it.
Seriously horrible idea. 18 years of child support and believe me, she would get it.
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Seriously horrible idea. 18 years of child support and believe me, she would get it.
LOL. I see what you did there.
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Seriously horrible idea. 18 years of child support and believe me, she would get it.
Successful troll. Hi-5. See you on TC.
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