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Sorry if similar threads have been posted but I'm still a bit confused after reading them also. So I just got my first PC since 2005 when I went to college and Ive been out of the technology loop for PC's since then. I'm in the process of collecting the little accessories that will make my PC expierence stand out. I will strictly be using these headphones (AD700) for gaming but I'm confused on the best option to power them. My price range is pretty open for audio but id like to keep it 200-250 or less.

I would like some suggestions as to if I sould get a DAC/Amp or soundcard to take advantage of these headphones for gaming purposes and could you recommend some.

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I've seen quite a few people recommend a cheap dedicated gaming sound card like the Xonar DG to unleash the full soundstage of the AD700. I put together this setup just yesterday, and it worked for about an hour but then a lot of loud weird hissing noises started.

I refuse to be deterred however and I don't rule out a whole product line just because of one unruly product. I will RMA it and get another; if the same results are produced then I will definitely be watching this thread for suggestions of sound card alternatives.
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You can order one of the following around your budget. It will do the decoding and amping, if you decide to move to higher end headphones it you can bump the gain up. I use their products and they are quit reliable. They've received quite a bit of praise on headfi as well for their price/quality

http://www.audio-gd.com/Pro/Headphoneamp/FUN/FUNEN.htm
    
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They don't require an amp but a better source couldn't hurt. That means a sound card or a DAC, but I wouldn't invest too much money into it for gaming purposes. Maybe an ASUS Xonar DX or something of the like would fit the bill.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829132006
this the one i have with the ad700 sounds great gaming
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They don't require an amp but a better source couldn't hurt. That means a sound card or a DAC, but I wouldn't invest too much money into it for gaming purposes. Maybe an ASUS Xonar DX or something of the like would fit the bill.
I agree that they don't need an amp. I suggested the DAC/Amp anyway as it can decode sound via USB/Coaxial/Optical which means he can save on a sound card. If he gets headphones that require more juice later, the amp is also there. There is an option for low gain on the amp so they will work find for the lower impedance phones too. Only warning is its the start of a very expensive road =)
    
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I personally use the HT Omega Claro XT with Burson OPAMPs but thats about $350.00 total into a home build MilletMax tube amp.
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I ended up getting a Musiland Monitor 02 to try out ($125 shipped). Have read good things about it. If I don't notice an improvement over the onboard I'll just get rid of it for one of the Asus soundcards I think.
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