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hey all. i'm moving to mini ITX later and will be getting an external amp and maybe a dac. do you all think it will be better to get external dac & amp or use motherboard on board dac and external amp(saving 100)? I plan on getting the magni for external amp and modi if I get an external dac. these will be used to power 32-600 ohms headphones, that I will use in non competitive gaming and music that I stream from slacker radio

thanks in advance for the help.
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external D/A converter and Headphone amplifier is the way to go. there are even smaller solutions like the Audioquest Dragonfly 1.5, Cambridge Dacmagic XS, Meridian Explorer, HRT Microstreamer, etc.
    
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I would say to first actually see if you are content with your on board sound. If you are dissatisfied with on board sound, THEN go with an external dac and amp.
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