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I just got my Corsair Vengence 1300 analogue headset today, and after I plugged it into my onboard sound card to try it out, I noticed the volume was a little lacking. The highest volume was in the "just right" area.

I want more sound! devil.gif

Would a sound card be able to deliver more volume to my headphones? Because I'm assuming the problem is the amount of power needed to drive the 50mm drivers.

Thanks!smile.gif
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I see in the tech specs "32ohms" that shouldn't be a problem for any soundcard, but in case you are unsatisfied with the amount of powa you can always google for "headphone amp" and, depending on your budget you may get what you need biggrin.gif
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Asus DG is $30. It supports anything around 100ohmz or less.
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I see in the tech specs "32ohms" that shouldn't be a problem for any soundcard, but in case you are unsatisfied with the amount of powa you can always google for "headphone amp" and, depending on your budget you may get what you need biggrin.gif

Ok, but a seperate sound card or headphone amp (duh biggrin.gif) will get me the power (devil.gif) I would like?
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Ok, but a seperate sound card or headphone amp (duh biggrin.gif) will get me the power (devil.gif) I would like?
they are very low impedance, I really doubt you would gain any benefit about the sound pressure with an amp although you would certain get a cleaner signal with a dedicate soundcard (especially if you get a nice one, with wide dynamic range, high dB SN ratio, super low THD ecc).

I think you may find this link interesting (it is just for reference, don't consider it the Holy Grail wink.gif )

p.s: I tested my integrated soundcard and found it veeeery noisy, being an audiophile would never listen anything there aside maybe videogames.
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Originally Posted by _LDC_ View Post

they are very low impedance, I really doubt you would gain any benefit about the sound pressure with an amp although you would certain get a cleaner signal with a dedicate soundcard (especially if you get a nice one, with wide dynamic range, high dB SN ratio, super low THD ecc).
I think you may find this link interesting (it is just for reference, don't consider it the Holy Grail wink.gif )
p.s: I tested my integrated soundcard and found it veeeery noisy, being an audiophile would never listen anything there aside maybe videogames.

Ok, thanks. I'm just a little worried about dropping $100 on a sound card that might not help. You know whats interesting? You guys are telling me that these headphones shoulden't be hard to get to a reasonable level, but on two pcs now they have only been at a "good listening level" when the sound is turned all the way up.

On my main pc the sound is coming straight from the on board sound card.

On another pc, I had it connected to a dell sound bar that fits under the monitor (if you aren't familiar, they connect to standard LR output and have an amp and speakers) when you connect a regular set of ear buds (I used the ones that came with my iPhone) they can get loud fast, I mean you could easily damage your hearing by touching the volume dial by accident.

However, even with all of that, they are still only loud enough when the sound on the PC is turned up, and the sound bar's volume dial is all the way up.

Do you think something could be wrong with my headphones?
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I'm not very educated in sound cards, and by not very I mean not at all... but with my old Audigy SE (20 dollar card) 50% volume is the same as 100% RealTek. Not to mention it actually has substance to the sound and it's not all washed out like RealTek is.
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I'm just a little worried about dropping $100 on a sound card that might not help.
of course, I recommend you try a nice soundcard before you buy it, ask a friend or a local dealer I am sure they will help wink.gif
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You guys are telling me that these headphones shoulden't be hard to get to a reasonable level
I read their tech specs on Corsair's site, and they really are 32ohms: they should be as easy to drive as a baby. You may take a look around for impressive 600Ohms headphones, those are hard to drive and the use of headphone amp is mandatory, but in your case should be a joke (I don't have headphone amp, and my 56ohms IEM give epic sound...)

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when you connect a regular set of ear buds (I used the ones that came with my iPhone) they can get loud fast, I mean you could easily damage your hearing by touching the volume dial by accident.
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Do you think something could be wrong with my headphones?
yes, they may have some problem, unless (but this is mere speculation) they have some kind of hard limiter to prevent gamers to get deafened from long gaming sessions.
The headphones you are using are not enginereed for music listening, they aren't meant for playing games although I find legit to expect a decent audio experience at 360°

I also think you might wish to contact Corsair, they are helpful and efficient and may provide more accurate info than anyone else.
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