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Hey guys, so I currently am using a asus xonar dg sound card in my rig. it comes with a pretty decent headphone amp (<150? ohms) but I'm looking to get a pair of beyerdynamics [250 ohm models].

Would it make sense for me to use my xonar dg as a DAC, buy a external amp (i like the schiit magni from the recommended audio guide), connect them together via a 3.5 to RCA cable and then my headphones into the magni itself?

is it a viable option compared to buying a dac/amp or 2 in 1 combo that might cost more than a one time $99 magni purchase?
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Hey guys, so I currently am using a Asus Xonar DG sound card in my rig. it comes with a pretty decent headphone amp (<150? ohms) but I'm looking to get a pair of beyerdynamics [250 ohm models].
Would it make sense for me to use my Xonar DG as a DAC, buy a external amp (i like the Schiit Magni from the recommended audio guide), connect them together via a 3.5 to RCA cable and then my headphones into the Magni itself?
is it a viable option compared to buying a DAC/amp or 2 in 1 combo that might cost more than a one time $99 Magni purchase?

The Xonar DG would be maxed out driving 250-Ohm headphones.
For the price of the Beyers and an external headphone amplifiers, you could just get better headphones.
Get headphones like the Audio Technica ATH-A900X (closed) or AD900X (open) headphones.
They are only 40-Ohm, easy for the DG to drive.
I prefer my A900Xs over my Beyer DT770s.

If you really wanted 250-Ohm headphones, you can just sell off the DG and get the Sound Blaster Z.
The SB-Z has no problem driving my 250-Ohm Beyers.
Plus the SB-Z has a nice CS4398 DAC chip smile.gif
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The Xonar DG would be maxed out driving 250-Ohm headphones.
For the price of the Beyers and an external headphone amplifiers, you could just get better headphones.
Get headphones like the Audio Technica ATH-A900X (closed) or AD900X (open) headphones.
They are only 40-Ohm, easy for the DG to drive.
I prefer my A900Xs over my Beyer DT770s.

If you really wanted 250-Ohm headphones, you can just sell off the DG and get the Sound Blaster Z.
The SB-Z has no problem driving my 250-Ohm Beyers.
Plus the SB-Z has a nice CS4398 DAC chip smile.gif


hey, that is true- i didn't think about that.
beyers would run me $150-$200 and the amp would run me $100.

versus, I can just get a good pair of low impendence headphones for the $250-$300 right? thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by Tacoboy View Post

The Xonar DG would be maxed out driving 250-Ohm headphones.
For the price of the Beyers and an external headphone amplifiers, you could just get better headphones.
Get headphones like the Audio Technica ATH-A900X (closed) or AD900X (open) headphones.
They are only 40-Ohm, easy for the DG to drive.
I prefer my A900Xs over my Beyer DT770s.

If you really wanted 250-Ohm headphones, you can just sell off the DG and get the Sound Blaster Z.
The SB-Z has no problem driving my 250-Ohm Beyers.
Plus the SB-Z has a nice CS4398 DAC chip smile.gif


hey, that is true- i didn't think about that.
beyers would run me $150-$200 and the amp would run me $100.

versus, I can just get a good pair of low impedance headphones for the $250-$300 right? thumb.gif

For $250-$300 you should be able to find some really nice sounding low impedance headphones.
Audio Technica (40-Ohm), Philips (30-Ohm)
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