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I got some Sennheiser HD Pro 280's on black Friday. I have been thinking about getting a sound card or not and if it is worth it. If I plug up the 280's to my laptop, I hear some mad interference. However I didnt hear that interference when I plugged them into my desktop onboard sound. I am wondering if getting a sound card would help at all with audio quality, clarity etc and if it is even worth it. The motherboard I have now has some pretty decent on board sound with 7.1 surround sound. But then again I do not know a whole lot about audio yet so it may not be great. So is getting a sound card worth it? Will it make a difference with my headphones? Also iv been looking at soundcards and there are just so many out there. Iv seen many from HT|Omega and asus. THIS one really seems interesting to me since it is within a reasonable price range for me. Any ideas on which sound card to get if it is worth it?

Thanks for any help.
post #2 of 10
If you are hearing interference this is basically just poor OEM motherboard layout (due to space restrictions). Laptop audio is a pain...I'm using an HD650 with onboard right now >.>

I'm sure there is a difference between onboard and a discrete sound card but the difference may be subtle. You may have to try it out to see (make sure to buy from a merchant with good return policy).
Edited by astrallite - 12/21/10 at 8:37pm
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If you are hearing interference this is basically just poor OEM motherboard layout (due to space restrictions). Laptop audio is a pain...I'm using an HD650 with onboard right now >.>

I'm sure there is a difference between onboard and a discrete sound card but the difference may be subtle. You may have to try it out to see (make sure to buy from a merchant with good return policy).
Yea newegg was where I was planning on buying. And they are usually great with returns. Last time I had a sound card was back in 2006, and I got one of the best top of the line cards. I noticed no difference between it and onboard so I decided never to buy one again. However...I also wasnt using high quality speakers or headphones at that time so I am thinking that may also be a reason why I did not notice a difference. Which is why I have come here.
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I would go for the Asus Xonar DX but if you ever plan on getting higher quality headphones like the 595's get the Asus Xonar Essence STX.
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I would go for the Asus Xonar DX but if you ever plan on getting higher quality headphones like the 595's get the Asus Xonar Essence STX.
Ouch..no I doubt that I will be buying another expensive pair of headphones anytime soon unless I win some sort of lottery...
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What about Xonar DG, it has an inbuilt headphone amp...and very cheap
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i use a Xonar DX with my HD280's and i am one happy customer.
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i use a Xonar DX with my HD280's and i am one happy customer.
How much of a difference did it make for you from on board audio?
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You should buy from Amazon, not Newegg. Amazon pays for return shipping and takes everything back.

I've worked in the Credit Card industry...believe me, Newegg has some of the worst return policies...some of them aren't even legal...which is why the customers always won the arbitration dispute cases...all you gotta do is read the terms of sale and compare them with other merchants and you'll understand.
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Amazon ftw. Newegg return end up always going to the manufacturer.

With a laptop and desktop you may want to consider a external dac/amp to use with your headphones on both systems. They are about the same price as the card you posted and sound just as good or better.
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