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Does this setup work / make sense?

post #1 of 4
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Hello, I'll try to keep this short and to the point.


Received my new Audio-Technica ATH-M50S yesterday in the mail, loved the sound and wanted to see if I can make it louder. They are only used for my computer btw.


My sound card in my computer is a SB audigy 4(cheap old thing)


Pair plugged into a adapter plugged into my sound card.




Other end plugged into my HT-R550 receiver.




Headphones plugged in the jack.






It works so thats the good news.


Now, does this actually give the headphones more power?


I know this is a receiver and not an amp but it seems like its aloud louder and powerful when I was trying it out?


Basically does this make sense to use it like this? Would i be better off with using different inputs and/or outputs?


Thank you in advance! If you need any other information please ask : )

post #2 of 4

Yes, the setup you are using should give you more volume because the Onkyo receiver does has a headphone amp in it, just not of the highest quality (although it should be better than the one in your computer soundcard). But the setup you are using is more of a temporary one because you are really going to be held back by your inferior sound card. I would recommend looking at getting something like the Audioengine D1 24-bit DAC which is a steal for only $169 (http://www.amazon.com/Audioengine-D1-Premium-24-Bit-DAC/dp/B006IPH5H2). Now this device will connect to your computer via USB and convert your digital audio files from your computer into an analog signal which you can send to your receiver or to a standalone headphone amp if you get one down the road. This DAC will preform better then your soundcard, sending a cleaner audio signal via the RCA outputs on the back. It also has a built-in headphone amp which you could use without your receiver. Hope this helps.  

post #3 of 4

Are there any speakers hooked up to the Onkyo?

One option is to try S/PDIF digital output from the Audigy 4 to the receiver's S/PDIF input.

Invest in an Asus Xonar DX or D1 sound card (used $50), should have a better DAC (CS4398) then the Audigy 4.

post #4 of 4
Thread Starter 

There are no speakers hooked up to it. Its fun for now but I would love to take the onkyo out of the equation. Its just a hassle having a bass/treble and volume setting on 2 different things. I definitely wanna look into a new sound card or maybe getting a small amp I can keep on my desk. Like I said I love it for now and appreciate both of your reply's very much! The headphones are great and the sound quality is amazing but just knowing I can push more into them makes me want to even if it is unnecessary : )

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