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I was originally just going to get one of these CMoy pocket amps, but I figured I'll get some input first.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Micro-Cmoy-headp...ht_2050wt_1139

Looking for something at $40-$50 that will outperform one of these little guys.

Thanks.
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how do you intend to use it?
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how do you intend to use it?
Music/gaming. Doesn't need to be portable.
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Music/gaming. Doesn't need to be portable.
I mean with headphones / source do you intend to use with it?
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I mean with headphones / source do you intend to use with it?
SteelSeries Spectrum 5XB(same as 5Hv2, these were just made for Xbox) for now, also considering getting some HD555's or something. Using onboard audio for now as well.
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ya better off getting a soundcard (e.g. Xonar DX @ ~$75 , Xonar DG @ ~$30) than amping.

It's really output (speakers, headphones), then source then amping for affect on sound quality.
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ya better off getting a soundcard (e.g. Xonar DX @ ~$75 , Xonar DG @ ~$30) than amping.

It's really output (speakers, headphones), then source then amping for affect on sound quality.
I will be definitely be grabbing that Xonar DG, but I will be using the amp for Xbox as well. So I'm still looking for suggestions.
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I will be definitely be grabbing that Xonar DG, but I will be using the amp for Xbox as well. So I'm still looking for suggestions.
if the Xbox360 is close to your PC setup wise, I'd rather optical out to the DG and use your headphones in the built-in headphone amp.

You can use HDMI for the picture and optical out to your soundcard. An optical cable costs sub $3.
http://www.avforums.com/forums/xbox-...tical-out.html
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if the Xbox360 is close to your PC setup wise, I'd rather optical out to the DG and use your headphones in the built-in headphone amp.

You can use HDMI for the picture and optical out to your soundcard. An optical cable costs sub $3.
http://www.avforums.com/forums/xbox-...tical-out.html
I use VGA for my Xbox and it has optical as well. I didn't even know that was possible.

But if I do it that way I won't have any volume control other than in game settings(headset doesn't have in-line volume control).
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