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hello,
so just wannna start of by saying that is there a need to replace my 5 months old sound card that is asus xonar dg smile.gif ..
currently i'm running the following of my sound card -
1. sennheiser hd 201
2. cm storm sirus (in analog mode)
3.creative gigaworks (i dont remeber the exact product name) smile.gif
4.sennheiser hd 558

I also want to mention that i know next to nothiing when it comes to audio mad.gif

i'm currently able to drive out some good quality of sound of my sound card ...
the hd 201 and of course hd 558 sounds crispy and bassy which is very good... no problem but i yet i want more bass or simply more better quality of sound..

so was that all that i can squeeze out my sound card . is my sound card that capable only...
now here's what i actually want to ask ya"all
should i replace my sound card
if yes which one according to ya'all is best suited for my needs and of course for my available peripherlas without any sort of bottlenecking(budget for sound card nothing more than $150)
Or
is there any way to enhance or tweak the performance of my avalable xonar dg ..
currently i'm using the modded drivers (uni xonar 1800 v1.61)

let me know if you wanna anything else that i forget to mention here in this my first post... thumb.gif

thanks
Henry smile.gif
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For what you have, no need. I would grab an amp instead. Check out the Object 2. Transparent and small. Also has enough kick to drive most headphones. Though this may not net you the extra bass you want. Those cans you got are not known for the bass. If you want some nice cans with some decent bass, go for the BT 990. 

 
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You won't see much, if any, improvement with a new card. There may be hardware mods to swap op-amps on that asus, so you could try that. You can always change EQ settings for more bass, but that is also pretty limited. You really just want new headphones with a different sound signature.
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Originally Posted by DrGroove View Post

You won't see much, if any, improvement with a new card. There may be hardware mods to swap op-amps on that asus, so you could try that. You can always change EQ settings for more bass, but that is also pretty limited. You really just want new headphones with a different sound signature.
so is my sound card just fine.... smile.gif
and yes which new headphones .. links will be very helpful.. smile.gif
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thanks for the link and yes these very much seems to be nice pair of cans....
but is there any sennheiser headphone with crispy bass...
so is there any sennhsieer headphone + an amp combo which is good /better than these bt 990+ an amp...
i personally perfer sennheiser because after the purchase of those two pair of cans i hadn't looked back and they were bang for the buck
i just don't want to waste my hard earned money

BTW - what pair of cans and of course u are using ---
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You will have to do your own research unless you can describe exactly what you want. I personally don't like sennheisers and find them bass anemic. The DT880 or 990 are good, also look at ultrasone, AKG, Audio technica, even Denon ATH-2000 if you can find them on sale maybe on black friday.

Do you like the amount of bass in your current 558s? What are the primary uses, games, movies, music, etc? What kind of music do you like?
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You will have to do your own research unless you can describe exactly what you want. I personally don't like sennheisers and find them bass anemic. The DT880 or 990 are good, also look at ultrasone, AKG, Audio technica, even Denon ATH-2000 if you can find them on sale maybe on black friday.
Do you like the amount of bass in your current 558s? What are the primary uses, games, movies, music, etc? What kind of music do you like?
the amount of bass in my 558 is good but not satisfactory... Must be because of the sound card.
My primary usage are something like this -

60 % game (BF3 , CS GO and CS 1.6) and 40% movies and music..
So what should i upgrade to..
A new amp with new pair of cans or just stay with my HD 201 and HD 558 and cm storm sirus(in analog mode) with again a new amp..
So in both the cases i gotta buy an external amp...
Do suggest a good one...

What about asus dac (essence one) external amp..
Is it any good..
Thanks..
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the amount of bass in my 558 is good but not satisfactory... Must be because of the sound card.

No, the sound card has little to do with changing the sound signature.
Quote:
What about asus dac (essence one) external amp..
Is it any good..
Thanks..

That's a DAC and amp all in one, and it is stupid expensive for what it is.

I would grab one of http://www.jdslabs.com/item.php?fetchitem=O2Full for an amp. Keep in mind that ideally an amp shouldn't change the sound at ALL, so you only need a new amp if the integrated one in your sound card can't drive whatever headphones you use to an appropriate volume. Open back headphones are better for FPS games because they allow sound to leak out and form a better 3D environment. Closed back or semi-closed usually give better bass resonance and isolation from external noise, but they can sound more congested. I also don't really know your budget because you said $150 in your first post and then asked about a $500 asus product.
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