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Was wondering what would be best for my current situation.

Currently use on board sound.

In the future, lookin to upgrade my Sennheiser HD202's to the Samson SR850's. People suggest the headphone amps from FiiO but here's the catch. I'm also looking to upgrade my speaker setup to probably M-Audio AV40's and Dayton Audio 10" Sub. When i had been suggested on the speakers, i was also suggested to get the Behringer UCA202. There's a headphone port on that. Not sure if its as good as getting a USB DAC headphone amp like the FiiO E10. I'm still fairly new to this so im not exactly sure what the UCA202 does other than help me connect the AV-40 studio monitors to computer.

What do you "professionals" think/suggest/recommend?
 
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Hmm in my sig peeps who have owned both feedback that a Dayton B652 + Lepai TA2020 actually offers better SQ/$$ than AV40s and as an E7 (the E10 is better) user alternating between speakers and cans on the PC i am pleased as punch wink.gif
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Was wondering what would be best for my current situation.
Currently use on board sound.
In the future, lookin to upgrade my Sennheiser HD202's to the Samson SR850's. People suggest the headphone amps from FiiO but here's the catch. I'm also looking to upgrade my speaker setup to probably M-Audio AV40's and Dayton Audio 10" Sub. When i had been suggested on the speakers, i was also suggested to get the Behringer UCA202. There's a headphone port on that. Not sure if its as good as getting a USB DAC headphone amp like the FiiO E10. I'm still fairly new to this so im not exactly sure what the UCA202 does other than help me connect the AV-40 studio monitors to computer.
What do you "professionals" think/suggest/recommend?

don't buy anything more than a sound card.
    
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one says to use dac/amp... other says sound card ;_; more opinions plz?
 
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Quite honestly, those headphones are pretty low quality and can be driver by a simple sound card. http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-Channel-Sound-Card-XONAR_DG/dp/B0045JHJSS this one has a headphone amp and actually has a fairly good sound quality to it for under 30 bucks.

A USB dac is meant for converting digital sound to analog sound. The way I like to think about it is that it removes digital impurities from the sound. HOWEVER, with those headphones and speakers, I think you would be hard pressed to actually notice a big difference.

Now if you moved up to some good audiophile headphones then a dac would be a pretty good addition.

Before I go any further, I want to say that the asus sound card there and the headphones you are thinking about getting would make an OK listening experience. There wouldn't be anything wrong with it, but I don't think you would be incredibly happy with it either.

Here is what I recommend you do from the ground up while trying to keep the most modest budget possible.

Either these http://www.amazon.com/Technica-ATH-AD700-Open-air-Audiophile-Headphones/dp/B000CMS0XU/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1354227023&sr=1-1&keywords=ATH-AD700

Or these http://www.amazon.com/Grado-Prestige-Series-Stereo-Headphone/dp/B000G3LCQC

Both sound great, so it would be a matter of choosing which one you prefer.

Then I would get a cheap dac kit. http://www.ebay.com/itm/DAC-2496-AK4393-DAC-KIT-With-CS8416-AK4393-5532-/320697307857

and lastly, you should make a cheap headphone amp. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-7PMvGZsFo

If you are good with electrical stuff and a soldering iron, that setup right there would give you some great sound.
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one says to use dac/amp... other says sound card ;_; more opinions plz?

$60 headphone, $80 active monitor.. a sound card will be fine tongue.gif
    
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UCA202 - Audio Interface/Soundcard. low latency, will come in handy if ever you plan on using music or video applications that supports ASIO.

the UCA202's built-in headphone jack is not good. but it's decent. if you're planning to get a mixer as well and have it connected to the UCA202's output directly, you'll get great results even compared to those FiiO USB DACs.

it's also good for you to have a mixer so that you can output it to the AV40's and control it. (volume, EQs, FX etc.)
Edited by croy - 11/30/12 at 10:33am
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looks like im gonna get the xonar DG for now (or the xonar DS?) whats teh difference stock? without changing the opamps (w/e that is XD) ? i have the DX in my wishlist.. maybe someone be nice in xmas and get me it haha
 
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Sometimes you can find decent receivers for cheap; They would have all the outputs you could ever want... and depending on the model the headphone amp can be nice too. I used one just using HDMI for audio for awhile, it worked quite well.
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