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@bleudeciel16 Wow xD  I didn't even notice, never had a pair of headphones designed with that.  Genius move on their part, terribly stupid on mine.  :P  Oh well, at least I have a spare adapter just in case.  :P

 

@ZeNmAc Yeah, I would get an extension cable, but sometimes the quality can suffer if you use an extension cable, and it doesn't matter THAT much.  :P
And well onboard has come a long way, my computer is just barely a year old, and it's a fairly expensive build, so the sound card is suprisingly good.  It's not as good as my X-Fi built into my laptop, but it's good enough to have decent quality with a bad pair of headphones, plus a nice amount of settings that I can tweak.  It may be mostly software for the latter, but hell I'd have to get a $70 card to even get a minor advantage over it :D

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@bleudeciel16 Wow xD  I didn't even notice, never had a pair of headphones designed with that.  Genius move on their part, terribly stupid on mine.  :P  Oh well, at least I have a spare adapter just in case.  :P

 

@ZeNmAc Yeah, I would get an extension cable, but sometimes the quality can suffer if you use an extension cable, and it doesn't matter THAT much.  :P
And well onboard has come a long way, my computer is just barely a year old, and it's a fairly expensive build, so the sound card is suprisingly good.  It's not as good as my X-Fi built into my laptop, but it's good enough to have decent quality with a bad pair of headphones, plus a nice amount of settings that I can tweak.  It may be mostly software for the latter, but hell I'd have to get a $70 card to even get a minor advantage over it :D

 

i have a $239 motherboard with 8 channel audio and there's absolutely no comparison with even a low end xonar. (and especially my ht omega claro)  using the ath-m50 with onboard audio is like using cheaper headphones, you're not getting your money's worth out of your headphones.  now as for an amp, yes they'll make it sound a little better but not nearly the difference from going with onboard to a soundcard.  you might be able to find a used asus xonar soundcard (ebay or craigslist) for ~$40 that will blow the onboard out of the water

post #18 of 20
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Yeah, I need an audio card to buy a TV tuner anyways, so I was thinking of the $70/$80 Asus xonar.  :P
 

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Yeah, I need an audio card to buy a TV tuner anyways, so I was thinking of the $70/$80 Asus xonar.  :P
 

 

that mid range xonar is really really good bang for the buck.

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@bleudeciel16 Wow xD  I didn't even notice, never had a pair of headphones designed with that.  Genius move on their part, terribly stupid on mine.  :P  Oh well, at least I have a spare adapter just in case.  :P

 

@ZeNmAc Yeah, I would get an extension cable, but sometimes the quality can suffer if you use an extension cable, and it doesn't matter THAT much.  :P
And well onboard has come a long way, my computer is just barely a year old, and it's a fairly expensive build, so the sound card is suprisingly good.  It's not as good as my X-Fi built into my laptop, but it's good enough to have decent quality with a bad pair of headphones, plus a nice amount of settings that I can tweak....

 

A short extension cable won't affect the SQ.  Better than having the cable pulling the hps off your ear tongue.gif.  That WILL affect the SQ, and is annoying.

 

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It may be mostly software for the latter, but hell I'd have to get a $70 card to even get a minor advantage over it :D

 

Good, I agree.  Just wanted to make sure you know the difference isn't huge.

 

 

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i have a $239 motherboard with 8 channel audio and there's absolutely no comparison with even a low end xonar. (and especially my ht omega claro)  using the ath-m50 with onboard audio is like using cheaper headphones, you're not getting your money's worth out of your headphones.  now as for an amp, yes they'll make it sound a little better but not nearly the difference from going with onboard to a soundcard.  you might be able to find a used asus xonar soundcard (ebay or craigslist) for ~$40 that will blow the onboard out of the water

 

I agree it sounds better, like I said, I heard good sources for myself.  But for me it wasn't big enough to mean buying one now instead of waiting to build something much better.

 

In general, yes I agree its good to aim for a source upgrade.  My point was you dont need to get it right away to get good sound. atsmile.gif

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