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Hi guys, I currently have the following

Amplifier/DAC


^iPhone 4 pic

Dont know what it is, but it seems ok, I also have these:

Sony MDR-XB500



The DAC is plugged into my ocmputer directly via USB, I can have optical if I want, but my PS3 is plugged into my DAC using that connection.

I have no soundcard in my computer apart from the onboard one, do I need one?

Say I had £100 to spend, what would you recommend?

Thanks and REP for answers
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post #2 of 7
Soundcard won't help a bit if you're using USB connection. Personally, I would try to save a bit more and make a large jump with a headphone upgrade.
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No sound card is needed with an external DAC as it does what the sound card would do. I also dont think the USB makes a deference as its still a digital signal.

Best thing to so is save and get better headphones.

PS Im very impressed with the quality on that iphone pic my 3g would never be able to take a pic like that.
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post #4 of 7
your DAC is pretty decent for an entry level setup. Getting a soundcard wouldn't help at all unless you use the digital input on your DAC. I would say it's kind of pointless to go this route though.

Basically, the guys on Head-fi considered it to be a great bang-for-the-buck DAC when it came out, but it's kind of old now, so I'm not sure what they would say

My understanding is that your headphones don't really benefit that much from a proper amp, so there's no point in getting an amp to go with your DAC until you've got some better headphones that can also utilize an amp

For now, I would find a pair of headphones that matches the music you like to listen to and then start saving $$$

Also, the DAC is a "Zero DAC" by the Chinese company Tianyun
Edited by chronostorm - 4/1/11 at 1:52pm
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THank you so much eveyone for your help, and cheerschronostorm at least now I know what I have
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post #6 of 7
I agree you have a pretty nice source. Not sure how you end up with a setup like that and bot know what it is I think a headphone upgrade will provide the most improvement in your setup. Those Sony are not bad by any means but they are known for their strong bass.
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I agree you have a pretty nice source. Not sure how you end up with a setup like that and bot know what it is I think a headphone upgrade will provide the most improvement in your setup. Those Sony are not bad by any means but they are known for their strong bass.



Thats why I love them! The bass is so good my eyes wobble!
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