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Hey guys,
In the process of upgrading my audio and just purchased a pair of the ATH-M50s and I'm looking for a sound card or something similar to go with it. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.
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Hey guys,
In the process of upgrading my audio and just purchased a pair of the ATH-M50s and I'm looking for a sound card or something similar to go with it. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

What is your budget?

 

The ATH-50Ms are only 38 ohms so you don't need anything crazy to power them. I had an older Creative X-FI driving mine and they sounded great. I don't care for Creative Core 3D cards so I would take a look at the ASUS cards, which is what I upgraded to.

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As element said, they no require lots of power. A Xonar DG will be more than enough.
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these headphones are very easy to drive.

I have an Audioengine D1, and it drives them perfectly well. Great solution for anyone with powered monitors, or a dedicated amp for their speakers.

creative cards, like the Titanium which can be found all over the place for really cheap, will drive them more than adequately. I actually have a Creative X-Fi Titanium sitting on the shelf next to my computer right now haha.

A card, a dac, or just about anything with a 3.5mm headphone jack will sound stellar with those cans. Use the outputs you need to decide which solution to get. Will you be hooking a receiver up to your computer to power speakers? you may want optical out, which is on most cards. will you be hooking up powered monitors or an amplifier? you may want RCA, which will come on most external usb dacs. also, just think about how you want to change the volume, etc. base your purchase on what is convenient for you.

I personally like to have a knob handy. I would get either something that sits on your desk, or has a front panel volume knob, or one of those gimmicky volume knobs you put on your desk.
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creative cards, like the Titanium which can be found all over the place for really cheap, will drive them more than adequately. I actually have a Creative X-Fi Titanium sitting on the shelf next to my computer right now haha.

 

Yes that is exactly what I had. Maybe check ebay or similar to find a used one, great cards.

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 I would get either something that sits on your desk, or has a front panel volume knob, or one of those gimmicky volume knobs you put on your desk.
 

I enjoy the gimmicky things as well! I got the most gimmicky sound card I could find because it had a knob and could drive my 150ohm headphones.

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What is your budget?

The ATH-50Ms are only 38 ohms so you don't need anything crazy to power them. I had an older Creative X-FI driving mine and they sounded great. I don't care for Creative Core 3D cards so I would take a look at the ASUS cards, which is what I upgraded to.

Budgeting to spend around $100-110. I've been told that I should try and pick up a Asus Xonar Essence STX second hand if possible for around that price but I'm just trying to sort out some other options if I can't find anything.

Possibly a ASUS Xonar DX?

I don't really know a lot about sound cards so all recommendation is greatly appreciated thumb.gif
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these headphones are very easy to drive.

I have an Audioengine D1, and it drives them perfectly well. Great solution for anyone with powered monitors, or a dedicated amp for their speakers.

I was thinking about the D1 but it is quite pricy at around $170 here in Australia and I wasn't entirely sure if it would be worth my money.
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Get the NuForce uDac2 over the D1, it's a better unit and it actually sells for a little less.
They go for $100 here in the US.

You don't really need to amp those headphones, but something like a dac/amp combo or card with dedicated amp wouldn't be a bad idea if you ever need it down the road.
If you don't care about that though then you could just get something un-amped / cheaper as stated.
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Get the NuForce uDac2 over the D1, it's a better unit and it actually sells for a little less.
They go for $100 here in the US.

You don't really need to amp those headphones, but something like a dac/amp combo or card with dedicated amp wouldn't be a bad idea if you ever need it down the road.
If you don't care about that though then you could just get something un-amped / cheaper as stated.

Yeah I'm thinking about getting something like the Xonar Essence STX just for upgrade reasons and if I want to get a better pair of headphones that might use it in the future.
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