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You dont need a soundcard to use AD700s.... Im pretty sure their pretty low when it comes to being powered anyway.

Any headphone will become better once amped, but thats a given, but you dont NEED one to use it.
Yes! the AD700s have just a low and lovely 32 ohm impedance.
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You dont need a soundcard to use AD700s.... Im pretty sure their pretty low when it comes to being powered anyway.

Any headphone will become better once amped, but thats a given, but you dont NEED one to use it.
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post #13 of 20
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You dont need a soundcard to use AD700s.... Im pretty sure their pretty low when it comes to being powered anyway.

Any headphone will become better once amped, but thats a given, but you dont NEED one to use it.
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Yes! the AD700s have just a low and lovely 32 ohm impedance.
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/this
We should differentiate between sound card and AMP here. The AD700s won't benefit from an AMP, but they'll HUGELY benefit from a sound card over on board. Do you NEED a sound card to use the AD700s? No, but will you be using the AD700s to their full potential? Not even close.
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We should differentiate between sound card and AMP here. The AD700s won't benefit from an AMP, but they'll HUGELY benefit from a sound card over on board. Do you NEED a sound card to use the AD700s? No, but will you be using the AD700s to their full potential? Not even close.
What do you mean exactly by "full potential"? Can you explain?
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With on board sound and the AD700s, everything sounds "normal."

But let's be honest, if you're buying a sound card and AD700s, you're not looking for normal. You're looking for super human and that's what happens when you get a sound card with the AD700s.

Everything becomes clearer, you hear things you've never heard before. The sound stage on the headphones really shines when you have a sound card.

Without a sound card, you don't get any of the detail you think you're going to get when you buy these headphones.
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post #16 of 20
This is relevant to my interests ! Ill just bump this thread and then lurk around for some time :>
Also AzO and Simca, how I love to read you two argue in every single headphone/sound card thread here on OCN xD
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With on board sound and the AD700s, everything sounds "normal."

But let's be honest, if you're buying a sound card and AD700s, you're not looking for normal. You're looking for super human and that's what happens when you get a sound card with the AD700s.

Everything becomes clearer, you hear things you've never heard before. The sound stage on the headphones really shines when you have a sound card.

Without a sound card, you don't get any of the detail you think you're going to get when you buy these headphones.
I'm not quite sure what you mean by normal, if your definition of normal means the soundcard doesn't provide all the artificial software bells and whistles then that's just a personal preference.

Specs wise, the margin of onboard (ALC889) vs discrete is very narrow and it's really up to the user if he believe it's worth spending the cost of a his motherboard on a soundcard.

I think you're giving the AD700 more credit than it deserves as it is a entry level headphone and your opinions are rather subjective than actual fact. I think it's more of a Placebo effect.

When you said "full potential" as in being driven, the AD700 is a 32Ω headphone which ALC889 headphone amp fully supports.

ALC889 Datasheet
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post #18 of 20
You're not understanding what I'm saying. I'm actually giving more credit to the SOUND CARD than I am the AD700s. By normal I mean it washes sounds together and you can't really pick apart one sound from another. Minor details that you'd never hear are heard with a sound card. I say normal because normally you're not gonna' hear footsteps in a warzone with guns being fired off and all kinds of warfare going on around you, but with a sound card, even those minor details like footsteps being heard across a building can be heard. It's supernatural in that sense.

It's also what made me get a sound card to begin with.

It's not at all placebo effect. I was using the AD700s with on board for a month. As soon as I put the card in I immediately heard all the differences.

You can argue and say statistically it shouldn't be better, but EVERYONE that has been on onboard and gone to sound cards will tell you the very same.

I'm telling you from experience rather than what some piece of paper will say.
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post #19 of 20
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This is relevant to my interests ! Ill just bump this thread and then lurk around for some time :>
Also AzO and Simca, how I love to read you two argue in every single headphone/sound card thread here on OCN xD
I look at it as constructive debate. Arguments do not provide enlightenment as each person believes their own view is the only correct one; in a constructive discussion each person emerges more knowledgeable, benefiting each other.
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