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Just ordered a pair of DT770s for using on my PC and now I need a soundcard.

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Hey all,

I just ordered a pair of DT770 Pro 250ohms and I am needing a soundcard that can power them.

I am not looking at DAC or amps simply because I want to use Dolby Headphone since I game a lot as well as listen to music so I want best of both worlds.

I was looking at the Xonar DG but I am not sure if it sufficient for driving the DT770. What options are there for soundcards that have an amp built in? Thanks!

edit: Budget is something below 100$ if possible.
Edited by sixtyfivedays - 1/18/13 at 10:58am
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Firstly, what is your budget?
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Originally Posted by Crooksy View Post

Firstly, what is your budget?

Under 100 if possible. Sorry, I'll edit it into my post.
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Maybe look into the soundblaster z or zx? Thyhave headphone amps up to 600ohms
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Maybe look into the soundblaster z or zx? Thyhave headphone amps up to 600ohms

Crappy cards, do not buy. Do not buy any "gaming" cards if you are looking for audio quality.

Get an X-Fi Titanium, X-Fi Titanium HD or Asus Essence STX.

If you get the STX you won't be buying another sound card for audiophile use. It does okay for gaming.

If you really want a gaming setup, I'd recommend an additional soundcard as you can easily switch between them depending on what you're doing.
post #6 of 9
The Soundblaster Z card is probably the best solution at this point.

The Titanium HD Does support up to 330 ohms..doesn't have a dedicated amp though. Would be superior to the Z, but it obviously older, less supported tech.
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All the "effects" just make anything sounds worse imo. The only thing useful on these cards is CMSS-3D for gaming, and I don't even like using that. One plus for the Z is the easy option to switch from headphones to speakers in software. My titanium HD forces me to manually swap the cables. Hardware wise, The ZxR is the only one with the same DAC as the titanium HD. The HD may not have dedicated amp circuitry, but it was able to sufficiently drive an old pair of Yamaha orthodynamic headphones I have. The swappable op-amps are also nice.

One more thing to note is that CMSS is really only the best in games that use OpenAL, which most games don't. Modern games software mix to 5.1 and then you have an algorithm like CMSS or dolby headphone to downmix that stream to stereo. They are both pretty close in that regard, so take your pick. Creative's driver's are bad, but there is 3rd party development (PAX). Asus also has bad drivers, but I don't believe they have the same level of community development.
Edited by DrGroove - 1/20/13 at 10:34am
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Creative's driver's are bad, but there is 3rd party development (PAX). Asus also has bad drivers, but I don't believe they have the same level of community development.

Depends on the card you buy. Titanium HD has excellent drivers that in the past 2 years have never caused me any problems. The older cards from creative are generally plagued with lesser quality drivers.
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For the older Creative cards, I'd always suggest using the PAX modded drivers. I've been using them for over 6 years, never a single problem unlike the official Creative ones.
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