ok, so I am going to get the Sony MBR XB700. they are in my budget, i am a basshead, so people have told me they are perfect. I was wondering if these need an amp or a sound card. I have heard they are one of those pairs of headphones that doesnt need or benefit from a amp or soundcard. Is this true? If its not, should ib get a headphone amp or soundcard? and if so why and which brand? Thanks
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Amp or soundcard for this pair of cans?
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Considering the MBR XB700 specs, (24-Ohm, 106dB/mW) it's highly unlikely you would need a dedicated HP amp. However, after burn-in, consider listening through a friends amp. As with all things audio, it's highly subjective, so a dedicated amp may trip your trigger.
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but in your opinion, would you spend 40 on a headphone amp, becuase people say that the xb700 is already stronger than cheaper amps like the fiio e6. also how bout a soundcard? is it needed for this type of phones?
As the Sony MDR XB700 is only 24-ohms, it needs very little voltage to get loud. so an amplifier is not really needed.
but an external amplifier is likely to come with low impedance, which is benefitical for low 24-ohm headphones.
Motherboard headphone jacks are more like line-out jacks that can pretend to be a headphone jack.
Chances are the motherboard's jack has a high impedance, at least to a 24-ohm headphone.
Even the low cost Fiio E6 should be a better "amplifier" then the motherboard's headphone jack.
Also motherboards come with low cost DACs (Digital to Analog Converter)
so chance are any add-on DAC is going to be better then the motherboard's DAC.
I've only looked for buying Fiio products off the internet, Amazon, ebay, Bountii, Google search.
ok but will i notice a difference really? I mean I have a $160 motherboard with Realtek AC 892 audio, and thats the newest onboard audio. Its a new pc. motherboard is only 2 months old, newest version.
On-board audio has been getting better in the past few years.
I would say to plug the $90 Sony MDR-XB700s into the motherboard, if you like it, great.
At 24-Ohms, I'm guessing Sony designed the XB700s for plugging into portable audio devices.
If you spent another $80 on the Fiio E10 USB-DAC-Headphone amplifier, would it improve the sound of the XB700, chances are yes.
so you recommend the e10? also side question. I have a youtube conveter than takes the mp3 from the youtube music video and then after I get the mp3, i use a program to convert that mp3 to a FLAC audio file. Is it really changing the quailty? it says the new audio file is 700 kbps. But is it really? Can you really make an audio clip that has already been compressed and make it not lossy?
So you recommend the E10? also side question. I have a youtube conveter than takes the mp3 from the youtube music video and then after I get the mp3, I use a program to convert that mp3 to a FLAC audio file. Is it really changing the quailty? it says the new audio file is 700 kbps. But is it really? Can you really make an audio clip that has already been compressed and make it not lossy?
I'm just not sure how much you would need to spend to improve the audio over your motherboard's built in sound.
Spending $80 on a DAC/Amp to improve the sound of a $90 sound card, might seem a lot to some.
The Fiio E10 would have a better DAC and better quality amplifier then your motherboard's
Also using USB take the digital signal outside of the computer case before the DAC changes the digital signal to analog, is a plus'
Electrical noise inside the computer can affect the analog signal (inside the computer case).
The Asus Xonar DG (PCI) sound card, which is $14-$24, might do a decent job of improving the audio quality.
or the impedance on the Xonar DG might be too high to make a big difference for a 24-Ohm headphone.
But, if your will to spend the $80, fine by me.
Would converting mp3s to a FLAC change the audio quality?
I would think the FLAC would show any imperfections from the mp3 source.
But I have zero experience with these types of audio conversions
Sometimes I'll just buy the mp3s off amazon, but I do buy the CD's (new & used), My car's factory audio system came with a small built in 10GB storage (SD card?).
So I just load the songs from the CD's, it stores them as 128K mp3s. Also has a USB input and I have several USB sticks.
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