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Confused on Amp/DAC combo

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Im new to using amps and was wondering do I even need an amp/dac combo with an ath-a700 and xfi-fatality sound card?

If I was to use an amp/dac combo does this go through my sound card or how does it work?

I was looking at the penguinamp and a penguinamp dac cable.
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Hello,

DAC is like an external sound card. It bypasses the internal sound card and uses amp's Digital to Analog Converter instead:

PC > (usb cable) > DAC part > amp part > headphone.

I also am wondering if I need a DAC (like one on Corda 2Move or iBasso D3 Python) with my Audigy 2 ZS and Sennheiser HD25-1, but as far as I looked up those DAC's are much better than Creative sound cards'.

Some excellent reviews:

http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f105/r.../index210.html
http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f105/u...3/index37.html
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