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I got my Sennheiser HD595s recently and they're wonderful. I haven't listened to music like this in a long, long time and I'm seriously in love with them. That said the sound card I'm using currently is a loaner and though it works, I'm interested in getting my own.

Though I'm not sure what would give me anything noticeable in an improvement in sound. I want these headphones to sing, and am not sure where to go from here with them.

I listen to music, but also game, and want to have the ability to have good positional sound with games when necessary, but music quality is important to me as well.

A sound card that has a headphone amp, or gives good amplification for headphones is important too. It's not about needing to amp the headphones, just looking for improvement.

What do you guys recommend?
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first thing's first. you need a good source (sound card) so that whatever is amplified isn't already in bad shape.

an amp can do wonders, but the source comes first to ensure a solid base.
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I got my Sennheiser HD595s recently and they're wonderful. I haven't listened to music like this in a long, long time and I'm seriously in love with them. That said the sound card I'm using currently is a loaner and though it works, I'm interested in getting my own.

Though I'm not sure what would give me anything noticeable in an improvement in sound. I want these headphones to sing, and am not sure where to go from here with them.

I listen to music, but also game, and want to have the ability to have good positional sound with games when necessary, but music quality is important to me as well.

A sound card that has a headphone amp, or gives good amplification for headphones is important too. It's not about needing to amp the headphones, just looking for improvement.

What do you guys recommend?
the 595 are 50 ohms so no need for amping

the Titanium HD will suite you will ; very good in music , amazing in gaming (personally i consider it the best gaming card now) and unlike older X-Fis it has good drivers

its a little bit expensive (170$) but , IMO it worth it
    
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