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post #16 of 30
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Thanks! My sound card does indeed have line out jacks. I'll look into that Kimber cable that radrd mentioned, as well as other mini to RCA cable set ups.
post #17 of 30
I am very happy with my HD580s just plugged into my live 5.1. I tried an audigy for a few months ( my brothers) and the only noticable difference was that there seemed to be no hiss whatsoever with it.
post #18 of 30
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I am very happy with my HD580s just plugged into my live 5.1.
I bet I would be happy without the amp, too, but I just have this thing about gadgets! I can't seem to resist them - and the less money I have, the more I want them.

Anyone have an opinion about the HeadRoom Little headphone amp vs. the Creek OBH-11? The Creek is about $60 cheaper, so I'd feel a bit less guilty about indulging my lust for gadgets.

Edit - Just to let you know, I did read blr's "OBH11 vs X-Can V2" review and it is what made me interested in the Creek amp.
post #19 of 30
Really, one thing gets me...

From what I have heard, the HD580 is better than the 590 when used with an amp...

So I would get an Audigy 2, and a good (not battery) headphone amp, like a Maxxed out Meta42 (AC, not battery powered...), with a 120 ohm jack for the 931's or something, and get some Sennheiser HD580's or some Beyerdynamic DT931's... forget this easy-to-drive stuff!

And you don't need to upgrade cables before amp... cables come after significant amp upgrades... though that Mini to RCA cable from Kimber would be definitely on my list of my FIRST purchase, lol...

This is mostly for games, I take it?

If it's for music, why didn't you by an M-Audio Revolution?
post #20 of 30
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If it's for music, why didn't you by an M-Audio Revolution?
Because I never heard of the card - very unfamiliar with non-consumer cards! I'm new to this, built my computer to be a gaming machine + a music machine. Now I'm leaning towards music...but, I don't want to completely give up gaming. Can you use the M-Audio Revolution for gaming, too, or is it mostly for audiophile folks?

I'm here to get educated, and I appreciate all of the help I've been getting.

Edit: Found this on pcconnection -
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Revolution 7.1 is the ultimate audio upgrade for your PCI-based computer. Play DVDs and all your music in surround sound, make games more realistic, and record or mix your own music.
Guess it works for games, too! Is this the recommended soundcard here?
post #21 of 30
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Guess it works for games, too! Is this the recommended soundcard here?
I'm not sure, but the jury might be still out on gaming. There is no hardware support for EAX or DirectSound3D.
post #22 of 30
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Thanks, radrd. I'll keep the Audigy2, I think.

Now I'm looking for an ASL MG-Head OTL. Is www.divertech.com the only place that sells them in North America?

Edit - I've also PMd JMT re: building an amp for me.
post #23 of 30
The Promedia's headphone jack is capable of driving headphones of any impedance, so the HD580's would be fine (but overkill - not necessarily a bad thing). I myself use a pair of Beyer DT770's for PC gaming, and man, do they ever deliver the goods on the bottom end... Beyerdynamic wasn't exaggerating when they claimed 8hz response.

The HD600's are hereby banished from this computer.
post #24 of 30
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Wow, read some glowing reviews of the M-Audio Revolution. Sounds (no pun intended) like a great card for music. And it is well matched to the Kipsch ProMedia speakers, apparently.

I listen to more music on my computer than I play games.... The drivers are supposed to be a bit buggy, though.

Does anyone here use this card? Can you confirm that there are problems with drivers? (My OS is Win2k SP3.)
post #25 of 30
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Originally posted by OakIris
Wow, read some glowing reviews of the M-Audio Revolution. Sounds (no pun intended) like a great card for music. And it is well matched to the Kipsch ProMedia speakers, apparently.

I listen to more music on my computer than I play games.... The drivers are supposed to be a bit buggy, though.

Does anyone here use this card? Can you confirm that there are problems with drivers? (My OS is Win2k SP3.)
i use it but i don't game a lot.

no bugs for me just audio bliss
post #26 of 30
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no bugs for me just audio bliss
All right! Couldn't tell from the specs or the pictures - does the card have RCA output jacks?? I'm hoping to hook up a headphone amp to it.
post #27 of 30
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Originally posted by OakIris
All right! Couldn't tell from the specs or the pictures - does the card have RCA output jacks?? I'm hoping to hook up a headphone amp to it.
I have the M-Audio Audiophile 24/96 and as of today connected my Grado 125s directly to the analog L/R RCA line out...surprising thing is they sound great!

Is it normal that a PC card line level out sounds well with headphones/grados; or, is this unique to this soundcard; or, is it just that I have not yet listened to a headphone amp to know what good really means?

Thanks

--Caleb
post #28 of 30
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Originally posted by OakIris
Wow, read some glowing reviews of the M-Audio Revolution. Sounds (no pun intended) like a great card for music. And it is well matched to the Kipsch ProMedia speakers, apparently.

I listen to more music on my computer than I play games.... The drivers are supposed to be a bit buggy, though.

Does anyone here use this card? Can you confirm that there are problems with drivers? (My OS is Win2k SP3.)
I originally had trouble with my Revolution getting along with DirectSound - but that problem was resolved by purging my system of all the creative crap that my Audigy drivers left behind (yes well after they were uninstalled, creative software infects your registry!) - Now my Revolution is running flawlessly! Excellent quality and zero driver issues.

-dd3mon
post #29 of 30
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Did you have to format and reinstall or did you just go through your registry deleting everything that said Creative or Audigy?

Why the h**** can't these programmers make an uninstall program that actually, cleanly, uninstalls? It seems that all of the uninstall programs leave all sorts of miscellaneous crap in the registry - some programs can't even seem to delete the main program directories! (Sorry - pet peeve about computer software applications that claim to have an uninstall program; very few of them seem to do the job.)
post #30 of 30
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Originally posted by OakIris
Did you have to format and reinstall or did you just go through your registry deleting everything that said Creative or Audigy?

Why the h**** can't these programmers make an uninstall program that actually, cleanly, uninstalls? It seems that all of the uninstall programs leave all sorts of miscellaneous crap in the registry - some programs can't even seem to delete the main program directories! (Sorry - pet peeve about computer software applications that claim to have an uninstall program; very few of them seem to do the job.)
No, I just searched the registry for everything with 'creative' in it, deleted all those keys and reinstalled the Revolution drivers and voila..

And yes I know what you mean - many, many software companies like to leave little goodies behind on your machine long after you figured them dead and gone.

EDIT: I also deleted several .dll files that the creative uninstaller left behind in the Creative dirs in program files

-dd3mon
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