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AFAIK, THD doesn't have a proper headphone amp. The output impedence on it is rather weird at 33ohms.
The Z does have a proper headphone amp, output impedence at 10ohms (I believe, not 100% sure). It's a little higher than what your HD555 needs and might cause a little bit of bass distortion at higher volumes.

Basically, your HD555 really doesn't need an amp. 50ohms is pretty easy to drive.
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Does the THD have a built in headphone amp?

The Z supposively supports both headphone and speaker connection, and has the built in headphone amplifier.


edit: after goolging for a bit, it looks like it doesn't....or does it?

A Titanium HD does not have a headphone amp. It is a nice sound card though, although I might be a bit bias since I have a THD, a headphone tube amp and a pair of 595's which are basically the same as 555's. I haven't heard the Z so I can't comment on that but like benbenkr stated above, 555's low 50olms are easy to drive and don't need an amp.
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Okay, so I don't need an AMP for the 555's. THD would do just fine.

Then again, if I ever decide to upgrade my "phones"; the amp on the Z might be nice to have.


What do you guys think?



EDIT: I'm going to go ahead and order the X-FI THD for now....if I don't like it, I'll just return it.

Thanks for the help guys.
Edited by Gheed - 2/26/13 at 1:02pm
post #14 of 16
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Does the THD have a built in headphone amp?

The Z supposively supports both headphone and speaker connection, and has the built in headphone amplifier.

Technically the TiHD (Titanium HD) is a better sound card (audio quality wise) then the SB-Z (Sound blaster Z).....but.
The TiHD does not come with a headphone amplifier and it's headphone output has a high impedance frown.gif
(for a card (TiHD) without a headphone amplifier, it can still drive 250-Ohm headphones)
Also when you plug headphones into the TiHD is automatically shuts off the RCA outputs (speakers).
So you have to unplug the headphones whenever you want to use the speakers.

So I would would say to get the SB-Z.
It come with a dedicated headphone amplifier and it's headphone output has a lower impedance smile.gif
You can leave the headphones and speakers hooked up and just switch between them using the Creative audio panel.
The SB-Z is considered a good audio sound quality card.
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Back when i had my HD555s, i used them with a Xonar DX. DX does not have an amp, and it drove the 555s very well with plenty of loudness. Eventually i moved up to Xonar ST with 555s, it has a small quality increase, nothing major; the biggest increase in quality i got is the fact that i can change the OP amps on the ST, which change the sound signature in general.
Lastly. HD555s don't need an amp, pretty much any source can still drive them fine.
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Good to know the senn's don't require an AMP.

My THD should be arriving tomorrow. I'll let you guys know how it goes.
Edited by Gheed - 2/27/13 at 6:22pm
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