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post #1 of 5
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Honestly, I know little about audio components but I tend to want the best I cant get. I currently have a receiver running my speakers and soon to be headphones (AD700's in the mail). You can see the model in my sig. I'm sure it's not very good but I assumed it was better than nothing. I feed the receiver from onboard audio through an optical cable.

My question is, would I get better sound out of just a sound card and running headphones off of that? Would adding a soundcard and feeding a receiver with it make a difference? Is my receiver complete garbage and should it be set on fire?

I just want to make sure I'm not unknowingly subjecting myself to bad audio quality. So please, criticize what I have and let me know if I can change something for the better without spending thousands.

Thanks
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post #2 of 5
If you have extra money to throw around, I would send the AD700s back (or cancel the order) and get the DT990s for 150. They have much better bass.

If you keep the AD700s, don't ask us, just experiment with them yourself. Stick them on your mobo, receiver, and what ever else you have lying around.

Figure out what sounds the best to you and then come back to give us your thoughts and we can go from there.
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Well I decided to go with the AD700's because of they're price and supposed great soundstage. They'll be used almost exclusively for gaming so bass isn't a huge issue for me.

I know in my last thread I said I wanted isolation but I don't care that much about isolation so that also made me look closer at the AD700's

I'm just wondering if running sound through a receiver is generally better than just plugging directly into onboard or if a souncard is going to trump all.
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post #4 of 5
Depends on the receiver, the sound card, and the onboard (but the onboard is of course least likely to be good).

But if you're already feeding the receiver with optical (S/PDIF), don't worry about a sound card. You should be good to go.
post #5 of 5
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Originally Posted by mikeaj View Post

Depends on the receiver, the sound card, and the onboard (but the onboard is of course least likely to be good).

But if you're already feeding the receiver with optical (S/PDIF), don't worry about a sound card. You should be good to go.

Pretty much this.

There is simply no way of telling how your receiver will sound since most of us probably have no head it. The most I can say is I have a sony receiver and I think some of the sound cards I have listened to are indeed better. But that simply might not be the case for you.
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