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Hey guys

Looking to really get a nice setup going.

Listen Mostly to Techno bassy songs.

However as the Corda dosent have its own DAC im not sure if i should change my sound card. (using extreme gamer its not bad )

Any opinions appreciated

thnx
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There is only the Prelude or Xonar which can replace the current card you have......That is if you are using DACs.....If you are using digital then it will be different.......
    
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There is only the Prelude or Xonar which can replace the current card you have......That is if you are using DACs.....If you are using digital then it will be different.......
DAC =/= sound card. He's talking about a seperate DAC, which will have better sound quality than any in-system sound card. (For the same price).

My setup is extremely similar to yours, Benny. (Headfive is just the Arietta with a different name.) Should be getting it today, actually...
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I'd recommend a Ultrasone HFI-780 ($186 shipped off buy.com I believe) or a Denon D2000 ($206 shipped on buy.com I think) along with either

Zero DAC Amp ($180)

or

Super DAC707 ($90 shipped)
+
used home PIMETA ($100-$125 used)

Before today I ran a HFI-780 recabled w/ ALO on an iBasso D2 ($200, sold and shipped off today to someone). I doubt the setup was good enough to make the recable impact SQ significantly. In any case, it sounded great after a lengthy burn-in. Plenty of bass, and the vocals were unbelievably organic and natural. Only con was bad comfort and sibliance/harshness at high volumes, which I predict would mostly go away with more burn in. However, HFI-780's were uncomfortable enough that I decided to give the Denon AH-D2000's a whirl, and should be in sometime next week.

Both 'phones have great amounts of bass, but not as much as DT770's. However, both are probably a step or two above the stock DT770s.

Right now I'm having to run my ALO780V's off my computer's onboard sound, since I sold that iBasso and my friend hasn't had the time to solder LM4562's on my X-Fi yet. It's depressingly less sound quality In any case, it shows you how important a good amp is.

Oh yes, I'm pretty sure it's a bad idea to amp the analog line out of your sound card. Your only option is to buy an external DAC to hook up to your amp, or to get a better sound card and ditch the external amp.
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I'd recommend a Ultrasone HFI-780 ($186 shipped off buy.com I believe) or a Denon D2000 ($206 shipped on buy.com I think) along with either

Zero DAC Amp ($180)

or

Super DAC707 ($90 shipped)
+
used home PIMETA ($100-$125 used)

Before today I ran a HFI-780 recabled w/ ALO on an iBasso D2 ($200, sold and shipped off today to someone). I doubt the setup was good enough to make the recable impact SQ significantly. In any case, it sounded great after a lengthy burn-in. Plenty of bass, and the vocals were unbelievably organic and natural. Only con was bad comfort and sibliance/harshness at high volumes, which I predict would mostly go away with more burn in. However, HFI-780's were uncomfortable enough that I decided to give the Denon AH-D2000's a whirl, and should be in sometime next week.

Both 'phones have great amounts of bass, but not as much as DT770's. However, both are probably a step or two above the stock DT770s.

Right now I'm having to run my ALO780V's off my computer's onboard sound, since I sold that iBasso and my friend hasn't had the time to solder LM4562's on my X-Fi yet. It's depressingly less sound quality In any case, it shows you how important a good amp is.

Oh yes, I'm pretty sure it's a bad idea to amp the analog line out of your sound card. Your only option is to buy an external DAC to hook up to your amp, or to get a better sound card and ditch the external amp.
Hooking an amp to the analog out is perfectly fine, it just won't sound as good as a DAC would.
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DAC =/= sound card. He's talking about a seperate DAC, which will have better sound quality than any in-system sound card. (For the same price).

My setup is extremely similar to yours, Benny. (Headfive is just the Arietta with a different name.) Should be getting it today, actually...
I though he said this corda doesn't have its own DAC.......Meaning hez going to use the cards DAC.......
    
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I though he said this corda doesn't have its own DAC.......Meaning hez going to use the cards DAC.......
Yes, but he's looking at dedicated/external DACs, like how I'm currently using the 0404 USB as a DAC. The Arietta does not have a DAC, it's an amp only.
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