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I just recently purchased a ATH-A700 and I'm loving it over my horrible 10 dollar headset. I'm new to the high end audio world and I would like to know if I should also should purchase a sound card as well. I feel like I'm doing my headphones an injustice from what I've been reading here. I'm not looking to spend anything over $100.00 dollars for a new sound card. Also, since I'm not entirely familiar with high end sound I'd also like to know if the sound improvement is actually is worth the money or should I just save it. I spend 80% of my time gaming and the other 20% watching movies / youtube.

Thanks for the help!
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currently out of stock, but a good choice
 
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Is the sound card worth purchasing though? I know there are people who can notice small differences in sound but I'm not one of those people (at least not yet.) In other words, is it a very noticeable difference over onboard?
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Huge change over onboard in my opinion but you won't really know till you try it yourself.
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