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I'm not really happy with my current audio setup on my PC. I have what I consider to be "decent" headphones and speakers so I'm wondering if I need a headphone amp or just a new sound card.

-Sound Card: Asus Xonar DG w/ Uni drivers
-Speakers: Klipsch ProMedia 5.1 (happy with these)
-Headphones: Sennheiser HD439 (Sound pretty good but no built in mic and add on mics were hard to position correctly)
-Headphones: SteelSeries Spectrum 5xB Gaming Headset (These sound ok, the retractable built in mic works great, these are used only when playing online)

Would a new sound card or an amp be beneficial for either of these headphones? I know the Xonar DG has a built in headphone amp but I imagine it's fairly underpowered. I don't really have a budget but I'm not looking to go crazy.
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post #2 of 6
HD439 is 32ohm headphone. You dont really need hp-amp for it.
And for the Plasticseries... Do I need to say it?

I am using Xonar DG with Beyerdynamic DT-770 pro 80ohm, and Xonar D1 with Behringer B3031A speakers (another rig).
The only improvement that makes sense with your audio gears would be... SB Z or Xonar DX?
Although no idea how DX (or Z) handles low impedance headphones. Because DX has high output impedance (not good for low impedance headphones).

But imho, I would save the money for better headphones:p
Edited by Tiihokatti - 6/26/13 at 3:24pm
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budget wise, if I told you to get the DT990 pros and the schitt magni and schiit modi for ~370 is that doable?

Or are you looking to spend ~200 bucks.
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post #4 of 6
That sound card seems a bit on the low end. I'm using an X-Fi Titanium HD which I find to be pretty decent. You should be able to pick one up for cheap. A quality headphone amp will make a world of a difference. I use the rca outs on my sound card to a receiver and even that sounds much better than using the headphone output of the sound card directly.
Edited by computerparts - 6/26/13 at 3:49pm
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That sound card seems a bit on the low end. I'm using an X-Fi Titanium HD which I find to be pretty decent. You should be able to pick one up for cheap. A quality headphone amp will make a world of a difference.

While the DG is not the best card in the world, it is certainly one of the best at it's respective price point, and unless you have a really discerning ear, that little card can hold it's own against some much more expensive cards.

While your titanium HD is certainly a great card, don't count the DG out too quickly.

And yes...a full amp and dac > sound card
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I know the 439's aren't the greatest but I picked them up new for like $35 so they were worth it to me. What would be the next step up for a set of headphones. Something quality that will not break the bank. I was thinking maybe a $200 budget. Whether it's only headphones, headphones / sound card or headphones / amp, etc.

I'd prefer a built in mic and they need to have a little bass. The 439's barely have any rumble during explosions. These will more than likely be just for gaming, I use my Klipsch's or Polk's for listening to music.
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