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Hey guys, at the moment I'm currently using $50 USB headphones which you probably find horrifying, I do too. I've been looking at sound cards but I've realized I have nowhere to put it. My case is a mid tower which is preventing access to one of my pci slots.

I started looking at external solutions and came across this. I'm wondering if this + a decent set of headphones is a good investment? How does this thing compare to internal soundcards? I really have no idea about anything when it comes to audio.

Tyvm
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Hey guys, at the moment I'm currently using $50 USB headphones which you probably find horrifying, I do too. I've been looking at sound cards but I've realized I have nowhere to put it. My case is a mid tower which is preventing access to one of my pci slots.

I started looking at external solutions and came across this. I'm wondering if this + a decent set of headphones is a good investment? How does this thing compare to internal soundcards? I really have no idea about anything when it comes to audio.

Tyvm

Headphones will make much more of a difference than a DAC or amp. Honestly, the Realtek ALC889 in the Crosshair V Formula is not bad at all, and even on an audiophile forum many people can't really hear a difference between it and a high-end sound card/DAC.

See here: http://www.head-fi.org/t/557183/alc889-vs-asus-xonar-essence-stx-is-it-worth-it-to-upgrade

I would look into upgrading your headphones first. If it turns out that your headphones do require an amp to sound their best, then you could consider that upgrade after you get the headphones. A DAC should come after an amp (if your headphones actually need an amp). But, a good $300 pair of headphones without a DAC will most likely sound better than a $150 pair of headphones with a $150 DAC.

There are plenty of great headphones out there that do well even without an amp. My shure SRH840s are one example.
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Hmmmm. I think I might put the extra money into better headphones then and see what it's like.
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Yeah, without better headphones, a DAC would provide no improvement.
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