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So I have read all the threads on headsets/headphones and onboard sound vs. stand along card, but I have a dilemma still.

because I am running mini-itx, I am somewhat limited as I do not have an extra slot for a card... other than Mini PCI-E (which I dont believe you can get sound cards for). Is there a solution to get better sound in a situation like this?

Everything I have read says that getting better headphones will be a waste of money without improving the sound card first. I am not really looking for a high end audio system, but I am interested in getting a serious pair of headphones for gaming/music so I can see what everyone has been talking about. (they were right about the mechanical keyboards)

Solutions? Thanks.
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You can get a decent USB sound card. I have one that's primarily a recording interface but it does sound better than my onboard Realtek.
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If you can't put a discrete sound card, well that's not a problem. There are quite a few USB soundcards of pretty good quality such as [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Creative-Labs-Xmod-Sound-Card/dp/B000IZ96LQ"]this one[/ame]. USB sound cards have the advantage they're less prone to EMI from inside the case, so depending on the config you can have even better results than using a PCIe Xonar or X-Fi
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learn something new everyday, didnt even know these existed.

so if i get something like this, would I need an amp as well for a decent set of cans? from what I have read, something like AD700's wouldn't require an amp... I think.

How do these USB soundcards differ from the ones that are built into USB headsets?
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Originally Posted by dutchgenius;15353960 
learn something new everyday, didnt even know these existed.

so if i get something like this, would I need an amp as well for a decent set of cans? from what I have read, something like AD700's wouldn't require an amp... I think.

How do these USB soundcards differ from the ones that are built into USB headsets?

1-no the AD700 are only 38 ohms , so they don't need AMP (usually all sub 150$ headphones doesn't need amping)

2-a USB sound card is just the same internal sound card , but the DATA input is from USB not the PCI slot
a USB headsets doesn't benefit from any amplification given by the sound source (Sound card /AMP/DAC) that why they have their own AMP , that`s why they suck
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thanks for the help everyone, now browsing USB sound cards. +Rep
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Fiio E10, Musiland Monitor 01/02, etc ^^
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