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Transparent? In what context my I ask? Not needed? Also, could you input on the use of a D1 sound card please? I'm unsure if I should buy one.

Transparent as in it does not add anything to the signal.
In the case of an amp, a transparent one only amplifies it, so that more demanding headphones will receive enough power to give you enough volume.

In case of easy to drive headphones (ie the ones made for computer / portable / gaming use), adding an amp is not needed.
However not all amps are transparent. In fact most of them are "colored" and therefore you can hear "improvements" when using them.
There is also the case that things "sounds better" just because you are listening to them at a different (usually higher) volume.
Edited by Calbert - 3/13/14 at 9:11pm
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Any audio gear is near all our futures! Nothing wrong with justifying why you need to buy a DAC! biggrin.gif

Seriously though, I think a MODI or ODAC would be a good upgrade to a sound card!

The Modi for me is such a downgrade. Also, I need inputs out the wazoo, so it's just painful to let such a great sounding/convenient sound card go. To think I thought I had completely remedied the problem.
 
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Just pulled the trigger on a new Shiit Modi. Now I will finally have the Shiit stack [Modi / Magni].
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Just pulled the trigger on a new Shiit Modi. Now I will finally have the Shiit stack [Modi / Magni].

Nice! What do you think?
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Impedance is only part of a very very complex and annoying calculation. People come up with general 'rules', but most of them can easily be broken.

Honestly, your cooler master headphones were designed for computer gaming. They are far from audiophile grade. While the D1 is a great entry level amp/dac....it is just way to overkill for gaming headphones.

I would recommend looking for a used creative titanium HD or a used STX sound card wayyyyyyy before you invest much more money.

I will have you known that by tweaking the HQ, you can lift the slightly muffled detail, even on the on-board chip. I'm just hoping the D1 will give me even more detail, because these headphones actually sound pretty good. And if D1 is overkill, why would I look for a create titanium HD?
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Impedance is only part of a very very complex and annoying calculation. People come up with general 'rules', but most of them can easily be broken.

Honestly, your cooler master headphones were designed for computer gaming. They are far from audiophile grade. While the D1 is a great entry level amp/dac....it is just way to overkill for gaming headphones.

I would recommend looking for a used creative titanium HD or a used STX sound card wayyyyyyy before you invest much more money.

I will have you known that by tweaking the HQ, you can lift the slightly muffled detail, even on the on-board chip. I'm just hoping the D1 will give me even more detail, because these headphones actually sound pretty good. And if D1 is overkill, why would I look for a create titanium HD?

He is probably referencing the Audio Engine D1, not the Xonar D1. The Audio Engine D1 is a very popular entry-level DAC/Amp, so it would probably be smart to include Xonar when you reference that sound card.
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He is probably referencing the Audio Engine D1, not the Xonar D1. The Audio Engine D1 is a very popular entry-level DAC/Amp, so it would probably be smart to include Xonar when you reference that sound card.

Sorry for the confusion. (New to audio)
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No problem, just wanted to clarify things!


Anyone have suggestions for a dark, bass-heavy (clear, deep and impactful) close-backed, portable, headphone for $300 or less?

I'm kinda flexible on the sound reuqirements, but I need to avoid v-shaped sound signatures, lack of bass and sharp treble.

Considerations:
Sennheiser Momentum
Philips Fidelio L1 and L2 (not closed but I'm not having much luck looking)
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The Momentum over-ear is pretty good. It's not as bass-heavy as the V-Moda M100 for example but it certainly fits the description of slightly dark tilt with a midrange that isn't recessed like much of the competition. It's very lightweight which I consider to be a strength.

I actually have a pair right now I'll be letting go for less than half of MSRP (!).

FOTM right now are the NAD Viso HP50 and Focal Spirit Pro. Focal Spirit Classic is probably a better consideration than either of the FOTMs if you're looking for slam and a dark tilt.
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Just pulled the trigger on a new Shiit Modi. Now I will finally have the Shiit stack [Modi / Magni].

Nice! What do you think?

Thanks. I think a lot of things, most of which you would not want to know. However if you are talking about the stack, I don't have the Modi yet so I don't know. tongue.gif As for the Magni... pure bliss. Built tough, pretty, easy to handle, and most important sounds awesome.
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