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I've heard conflicting oppinions on this. Some say it will be like night and day compared to onboard others say it makes little difference. If it's not going to make much difference I won't bother.

I'm thinking it is going to make a difference though as I just received my ATH AD700s in the mail today and it's not quite what I expected. Even my tiny headphones that came with a cd player from 8 years ago are louder.

So assuming it's time for a sound card I was looking at the xonar dg for cheap, but I don't have a free PCI slot. PCIE x16 or x1 are my only lanes available. So is xonar DX my cheapest option? Anything decent for cheaper that can go into pcie x1?

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Well I ended up going with a Creative X-Fi Titanium. Got it all set up, plugged in my ad700s and all was great. Tested with my speakers and it was working fine as well.

Then I plugged my ad700s back in and there was no sound. I disconnected speakers from the card and still no sound. In the control panel it shows that sound is working under "Speakers Creative SB X-Fi" and under properties this option shows it's for all the speaker jacks.

So it seems the headphone jack (the blue one, line in I guess it is) has stopped working or disabled somehow after I plugged my speakers in. I proved this by plugging the headphones into the other jacks and I got audio out of just the left or just the right side of my headphones from 2 seperate speaker jacks.

Not to jynx myself but it seems my creative driver woes I've read about have started lol

Any advice is much appreciated.

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That's because the blue line in is for a mic. wink.gif

Enjoy your new card, I'm sure you'll soon feel its night and day to onboard.
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Edit: Now I feel like an idiot lol. The position my PC is at and the angle I had to crawl to it made me miss the colors. Working now and looking forward to owning more in BF3 Thanks biggrin.gif
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You sure? That's the jack I first plugged them into and it worked. The black and orange jacks only give 1 channel to headphones and the other 2 give nada.

Click ME

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Loudness has nothing to do with quality. Your cheap ones are louder because they have less impedance. To get better quality, you'll need a sound card that has the specs to back it up. If you want loudness, you'll need an amp or a soundcard with a built in amp. Any card with an amp will make it louder so it really depends on what you're looking for. If a cheap sound card doesn't have an amp on it, then it won't really be any louder than your onboard and you may as well get a separate amp if you can't notice a quality difference on the new headphones.
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Loudness has nothing to do with quality. Your cheap ones are louder because they have less impedance. To get better quality, you'll need a sound card that has the specs to back it up. If you want loudness, you'll need an amp or a soundcard with a built in amp. Any card with an amp will make it louder so it really depends on what you're looking for. If a cheap sound card doesn't have an amp on it, then it won't really be any louder than your onboard and you may as well get a separate amp if you can't notice a quality difference on the new headphones.

His AD700's are only 32 Ohms (if I remember correctly). He should be able to get plenty of volume out of them but then again, if we're talking onboard...

On a side note, I dislike amps built into sound cards. They're usually not very good and even an inexpensive portable solution wins out most of the time.
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