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My motherboard has a Realtek ALC892 audio processor and Realtek software.


Then at some point you'll want to switch to a dedicated DAC/Amp setup. I'm running at Firestone Audio FUBAR IV Plus myself and I'm pretty happy with it. Very noticeable difference coming from the onboard audio.

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No, but I have an Asus z97-a motherboard with good onboard audio.
If that's not good enough what do you recomend?
Do they have good positional accuracy for fps? good emersion?
Positional accuracy is pretty good. 7.5/10, let's say. You can pick out certain sounds around yoh, especially in a game with well-made sound. Immersion, oh yes. If you play Insurgency, get some sound mods, and you get INTO it. Gunfire, explosions , all that are lovely. I've actually once thought that there was a gunfight outside once :P
one more thing, the audio on your mono is probably fine, but it may underpowered the 558s. A FiiO E11 or E07K will do the trick.
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Positional accuracy is pretty good. 7.5/10, let's say. You can pick out certain sounds around yoh, especially in a game with well-made sound. Immersion, oh yes. If you play Insurgency, get some sound mods, and you get INTO it. Gunfire, explosions , all that are lovely. I've actually once thought that there was a gunfight outside once :P
one more thing, the audio on your mono is probably fine, but it may underpowered the 558s. A FiiO E11 or E07K will do the trick.


I'm right with you in terms of immersion as it is quite good. I actually don't think the mobo amp is gonna be underpowered, but rather that the ALC892 just isn't up to the job in SQ. They're only 50ohms and if an iPod Touch can power these (and they can, I've tried, sounds pretty decent actually), then the amp on a mobo should provide power just fine. I can't say for sure about his specific board, but on my MSI Z87-G55 with ALC892, stuff sounds pretty flat and lifeless. Like it just doesn't have the grit or the sparkle or the body or the enjoyment a well-done piece of music should give through a good set of cans. But that's just what I think of it, might turn out better for others' ears.

 

@stevendom, if you're looking for a good external DAC/Amp that's relatively cheap, it seems like good things have been said regarding the Fiio E10. I think it was somewhere around $70-80 last time I looked at one (might be the 'k' revision or something). Looks like being made of aluminum all around makes it solidly built too. It'd be a good place to start I think.


Edited by Midgetguy - 11/25/14 at 1:35am
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I'm right with you in terms of immersion as it is quite good. I actually don't think the mobo amp is gonna be underpowered, but rather that the ALC892 just isn't up to the job in SQ. They're only 50ohms and if an iPod Touch can power these (and they can, I've tried, sounds pretty decent actually), then the amp on a mobo should provide power just fine. I can't say for sure about his specific board, but on my MSI Z87-G55 with ALC892, stuff sounds pretty flat and lifeless. Like it just doesn't have the grit or the sparkle or the body or the enjoyment a well-done piece of music should give through a good set of cans. But that's just what I think of it, might turn out better for others' ears.

@stevendom, if you're looking for a good external DAC/Amp that's relatively cheap, it seems like good things have been said regarding the Fiio E10. I think it was somewhere around $70-80 last time I looked at one (might be the 'k' revision or something). Looks like being made of aluminum all around makes it solidly built too. It'd be a good place to start I think.
Fully posting headphones, especially on the 558, reduces treble and adds a little more body into the sound. Plus, you don't have to crank your source up. And yes, the mobo probably has subpar SQ. My laptop and my desktop (built myself) make things sound, let's say, different.
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Fully posting headphones, especially on the 558, reduces treble and adds a little more body into the sound. Plus, you don't have to crank your source up. And yes, the mobo probably has subpar SQ. My laptop and my desktop (built myself) make things sound, let's say, different.


High-five for custom computers! I built my personal rig myself as well and it's a beast of a gaming computer. Not a fan of the onboard audio of my mobo though. Things just sound much better out of the FUBAR. However, I'd say if one was content with how it sounds out of the onboard audio, the 558s are just fine running off the basic setup.

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High-five for custom computers! I built my personal rig myself as well and it's a beast of a gaming computer. Not a fan of the onboard audio of my mobo though. Things just sound much better out of the FUBAR. However, I'd say if one was content with how it sounds out of the onboard audio, the 558s are just fine running off the basic setup.
You're on the PC thread, right? Foobar is a good music player, but if you're a n00b, it takes a bit of getting used to. iTunes makes everything sound all quiet, WMP can't play anything, etc. My laptop... Holy crap it makes everything sound lifeless, unless I run through Foobar. I switched from an iPhone 4S to a HTC One (M7) and compared to the iPhone, music isn't as lush, and bass is lacking.
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