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So I've been looking to get a sound card for a while now, but I was wondering if my headphones were good enough for it to make a difference.

I've been looking at the Creative Audigy SE and the ASUS Xonar DG. Would either of these inprove sound quality with the Sennheiser HD 419 or the Koss Porta Pro? I use 256kbps AAC or the CD for music. I listen to stuff like rock, metal, and when I feel the vibes, Drum and bass and rap.
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I was wondering if my headphones were good enough for it to make a difference.

Basically, no
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Basically, no
Way to be blunt.
What about the HD518? Been eyeing those.
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Basically, no
Way to be blunt.
What about the HD518? Been eyeing those.

There's no "line in the sand" that, once crossed, all becomes good. There is no best, there's just better. Better than whatever you happen to have at the present monent in time.

Just as a round about guess, I say with headphones at the $150 level SQ would suffer with onboard sound. Not all phones would benefit the same amount and not all sound cards would give the same benefits.

Choosing audio components without actually auditioning then is a daunting task.

How To Pick Equipment Without Hearing It
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There's no "line in the sand" that, once crossed, all becomes good. There is no best, there's just better. Better than whatever you happen to have at the present monent in time.

Just as a round about guess, I say with headphones at the $150 level SQ would suffer with onboard sound.
Not all phones would benefit the same amount and not all sound cards would give the same benefits.

Choosing audio components withour actually auditioning then is a daunting task.

How To Pick Equipment Without Hearing It

hmm, makes sense, but honestly, I was thinking since I have such bad onboard audio that even the Audigy SE would make a difference.
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Audigy SE is discontinued obsolete card which newest drivers are from 2012. So Xonar DG is much better option.
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Audigy SE is discontinued obsolete card which newest drivers are from 2012. So Xonar DG is much better option.
Alright, but get this, I use one PC way more than one, the one in my room sees more use than the one I got outside, so would the one that isn't used much be fine with the Audigy SE?
I figure if its 10 bucks cheaper and I can probably make an offer to get it down from 15USD to 1- It would be worth it.
PC I use more has VIA VT7105 while the other one has Realtek ALC887
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bump, either of these cards a step up for my headphones from VIA VT1705?
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I have heard horror stories about the VIA chips... The finnish nickname for them is "VIAllinen" (= broken).
So I would say: Yes, it would be an upgrade.
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I have heard horror stories about the VIA chips... The finnish nickname for them is "VIAllinen" (= broken).
So I would say: Yes, it would be an upgrade.
Even the Audigy SE?
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