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Is it worth buying a Xonar card with a headphone amp for these specific cans?
post #2 of 9
Absolutely. You will definitely notice a difference between a dedicated sound card and motherboard audio with those headphones. As for which one you should buy, I'm just going to do what I always do for people like you and link to the OCN's Most Recommended Audio Products sticky.
post #3 of 9
I have ATH-M50s and a Xonar DX. I just can't stand the onboard audio anymore with my M50s. The sound is really clear (depending of the quality of the track).

If you have money for a sound card, go for it. Im sure that even cheap sound card list in the link that Nickum32 give you make a nice difference.

Nice headphone btw. My friend just bought a pair tongue.gif
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I went from an extreme music sound card back to stock on M50s. I don't regret it., Sounds the same lol.
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Originally Posted by Gallien View Post

I went from an extreme music sound card back to stock on M50s. I don't regret it., Sounds the same lol.

There are other things to take into account, such as exactly which card you were using, the quality of the source material, and the onboard audio your motherboard has. The dedicated card will almost always sounds better than onboard. But you either have some other limiting factor or just can't hear it.
post #6 of 9
Also, for music, if you didn't have you file in a low compression codec, it might still sound like crap. Personally, I use flac.
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Originally Posted by Lee17 View Post

Also, for music, if you didn't have you file in a low compression codec, it might still sound like crap. Personally, I use flac.

Yup. I personally listen to all of my music in .mp3 320 or .flac, it really makes a huge difference.
post #8 of 9
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i was searching in the $50-$100 range for sound cards unless it makes a huge difference to go higher like STX or pheobus but I don't see that being necessary for these phones
post #9 of 9
Xonar DG should be enough. I have Xonar D1 and DG and I still prefer the DG (80ohm headphones).
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