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Would a Sennheiser PC 350 special edition benefit from an audio card?

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So for my new build I'm planning on getting sennheiser pc 350 special edition headphones, and I currently have an asus iv rampage extreme motherboard for the build. I think the motherboard has a pretty good sound card, but would it be worth it to get something like a ASUS Xonar Phoebus sound card? Thanks in advance!
post #2 of 7
No, your motherboard (all motherboards) have very poor onboard sound.

I would venture to say that ANY sound card would sound better. Of course the better the card, the better the sound.

If you're serious about sound (especially music) you may want to consider a DAC (separate Digital to Analogue Converter) and perhaps a headphone amp also.
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I wouldn't say that all onboard audios are poor.
I know one guy who is using Sennheiser HD800 and can't recognize ALC892 (2ohm output impedance), Xonar STX and Xonar STX+O2 amp from eachother in a blindtest.

But if you are buying 2011 socket rig, then ofc you are supposed to buy a soundcard as one of the main points of 2011 socket is that it has more/better PCIe slots.
Because worst part of onboard is the possible EMI-sound it picks up from other components, external DAC negates it completely and soundcard negates most of it.
Edited by Tiihokatti - 7/20/13 at 7:06am
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post #4 of 7
Yes they would actually. The 350's have a high impedance of 150 ohms and I doubt your onboard can drive them properly.
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post #5 of 7
Any dedicated soundcard with headphone amp would be fine for you.
I have DG and using Phoebus now.

PC360 & DG vs PC360 & Phoebus,
Soundstage, directional sound ingame is 50% more obvious and accurate.
By the time, I was playing bc2, mw2, aram2, dedicated DG soundcard really sounds 200% better
than my cheap onboard.
When I brought my Phoebus, I play aram2, blackops1, mw3.

I guess I can hear 30% more instruments, sounds richer, from any movie soundtrack than DG.
I know it's not a right headphone for listening soundtrack, but there're my experience.
Of course it's very subjective. Hope this help biggrin.gif
Edited by qcktthfm1 - 7/22/13 at 4:28am
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Originally Posted by qcktthfm1 View Post

Any dedicated soundcard with headphone amp would be fine for you.
I have DG and using Phoebus now.

PC360 & DG vs PC360 & Phoebus,
Soundstage, directional sound ingame is 50% more obvious and accurate.
By the time, I was playing bc2, mw2, aram2, dedicated DG soundcard really sounds 200% better
than my cheap onboard.
When I brought my Phoebus, I play aram2, blackops1, mw3.

I guess I can hear 30% more instruments, sounds richer, from any movie soundtrack than DG.
I know it's not a right headphone for listening soundtrack, but there're my experience.
Of course it's very subjective. Hope this help biggrin.gif
Do you think a Xonar Phobeus would be better than a Xonar Essence for gaming? Those are the two I'm looking at right now.
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Yes, Phoebus was designed more towards for gaming, with Dolby Home Theater. But I don't think it means much to our headphones.
I never use any of the EQ, EAX or effects either.
For sure in audiophile spec wise, Essence is better than Phoebus, which I should listen to soundtrack with Essence, play game with Phoebus rolleyes.gif

The reason I brought Phoebus was I want to try 7.1 razer tiamat (refunded, another story).
Phoebus is 7.1 vs Essence 2.1
With Phoebus I can try 5.1 or 7.1 analog headphone again later.

I like the Phoebus control box with a mic & a mic plug, that I can buy better audiophile headphone later, more flexible.
It's not the best mic, but in Arama2&3, borderlands2, people never complaint rolleyes.gif

If you sure you going to game stereo, then Essence, for the quality smile.gif
Edited by qcktthfm1 - 7/22/13 at 1:51pm
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