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Anyone here using a SB Z with a Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 80 Ohm? I just bought these headphones new and they sound pretty crappy on my Audigy 2 ZS. I just cant get bass to be deep enough to immerse one in a movie or a game. I know i could go the Headphone Amp route, but i'd rather just get a new Soundcard instead.

Now the thing holding me back is, nowhere on the internet does it state the output impedance for the headphone jack port on the SB Z. Sure it says it can run upto 600Ohm headphones, but 600 Ohm headphones would be fine with a high output impedance, but my 80Ohm or anything less than 80Ohm wouldn't sound very good on the headphone jack if the output impedance is high. Since i cant find any reference to it anywhere, maybe someone who has used any 80Ohm or near headphones on it could share their experience?
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Originally Posted by humayunh View Post

Anyone here using a SB Z with a Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 80 Ohm? I just bought these headphones new and they sound pretty crappy on my Audigy 2 ZS. I just cant get bass to be deep enough to immerse one in a movie or a game. I know i could go the Headphone Amp route, but i'd rather just get a new Soundcard instead.

Now the thing holding me back is, nowhere on the internet does it state the output impedance for the headphone jack port on the SB Z. Sure it says it can run upto 600Ohm headphones, but 600 Ohm headphones would be fine with a high output impedance, but my 80Ohm or anything less than 80Ohm wouldn't sound very good on the headphone jack if the output impedance is high. Since i cant find any reference to it anywhere, maybe someone who has used any 80Ohm or near headphones on it could share their experience?

I just got a zxr about a week ago and it makes my 32 Ohm Grado's sound much better. My biggest complaint with the Grado's was lack of bass but I was playing some Far Cry 3 this weekend and was quite surprised at the difference from my old sound card. Everything else sounds cleaner but the bass was the biggest improvement.
Edited by Metalbeard - 5/5/13 at 10:03pm
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Originally Posted by Metalbeard View Post

I just got a zxr about a week ago and it makes my 32 Ohm Grado's sound much better. My biggest complaint with the Grado's was lack of bass but I was playing some Far Cry 3 this weekend and was quite surprised at the difference from my old sound card. Everything else sounds cleaner but the bass was the biggest improvement.
Hmmm that ounds promising. But the Zxr uses a different chip for the headphone amp compared to the Z. I wonder if the Z is just as good, as in low output impedance.
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What's the difference between the Zx and ZxR?

In terms of something measurable? I also don't understand, is it TWO soundcards for the ZxR?
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this chart at Newegg (scroll down the page to see it) will give you a great rundown of the differences.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102049
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Well I just broke down and ordered the ZX. My wifes computer got the old Xonar and I decided I wanted a desktop plug-in for my HD598 headphones :-p Hopefully all will work well with the thing. I'm kinda wary of going back to a creative product but I want at at least give them a shot.... I'll know more next week when it arrives.
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I may be swap my card to the new Zx, I was going to get the xonar xst ( but i don't want to buy asus anymore "just don't ask why")
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What's the difference between the Zx and ZxR?

In terms of something measurable? I also don't understand, is it TWO soundcards for the ZxR?


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post #339 of 5497
Quick comment on my ZX. Personally I've found that it brought a little more life to my HD598 headphones. I find a touch more bass there that was lacking on my onboard sound, and it's still a very neutral bass so the sound is pretty natural to my ears. In WoW at least, I find that there's definitly more presence to ambient sounds and there is a LOT more directionality to where sounds are coming from. It'll take awhile to get used to but overall I find the sound card to be pretty good and I've not had any errors or issues installing it.thumb.gif
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post #340 of 5497
finallyyy my zxr arrived...

bought it @280usd in my country...

some words :
my setup, speaker: altec lansing mx5021
headphone : dt770 250ohm

short words comparison with my previous stx :
- movies and game, zxr wins out, it's crisp immersive
- music ? well i can't really tell >.< (maybe due to my output limitation, and source is itune's music)
for sure i can tell, that got less hearing fatigue, less noise/distortion less harsh than stx ^^
(using the knob for headphone)

the mic (on knob) not really good on voice clarity compared to zalman clip on mic


maybe if this card is 200-250usd wouldbe really great biggrin.gif


got some question :
is it fine to set at 600ohm (on zxr setup) for my dt 770 250 ohm ?
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