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ATH-M50 connected to Creative speakers' headphone out

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Hi, I currently have an ESI Juli@ sound card. It's pretty good (audiophile standards aside) but I feel it isn't good enough for my ATH M50 headphones. I connected my headphones to Creative T40 speakers' headphone output (no headphone out on the sound card) and I don't know if it ruins the sound coming from the sound card, but regardless, I once heard a pair of M50 through an RME FireFace 800 sound card and was blown away. It was miles better than what I get with my current setup. What I'd like to know is, should I somehow bypass the Creative speakers by using an headphone amp or some device that takes a stereo signal and outputs it via numerous outputs, like speakers out, headphones out, etcetera... Or maybe I should get a new audio card? Is there some audio card with very basic functionality (to save money as much as possible), that is, headphones and stereo outs, that has a DAC that's on par with that of the RME FireFace series? Thanks.
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Don't use the creative headphone output with the m50's if you hold SQ in a position of your priorities. It's not good.

 

I'm not sure about RMEfireface and I don't want to say anything negative about PC soundcards otherwise I may get a roloking from a few people. I personally think they are there just for PC gamers mainly and for convenience based audiophiles. 

Connect your m50's to an external amp which is connected to a DAC (digital to analogue converter) which receives data digitally via usb from your computer.

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I use the FiiO E17 DAC / amp with my M50's and absolutely love it. Just plug it in a USB port, use the on-board DAC to bypass your sound card completely, and it's got a built-in headphone amp that does wonders for the M50's. I also use the E17's line-out function to run to my speaker amplifier for my desktop speaker rig.

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Hi, I currently have an ESI Juli@ sound card. It's pretty good (audiophile standards aside) but I feel it isn't good enough for my ATH M50 headphones. I connected my headphones to Creative T40 speakers' headphone output (no headphone out on the sound card) and I don't know if it ruins the sound coming from the sound card, but regardless, I once heard a pair of M50 through an RME FireFace 800 sound card and was blown away. It was miles better than what I get with my current setup. What I'd like to know is, should I somehow bypass the Creative speakers by using an headphone amp or some device that takes a stereo signal and outputs it via numerous outputs, like speakers out, headphones out, etcetera... Or maybe I should get a new audio card? Is there some audio card with very basic functionality (to save money as much as possible), that is, headphones and stereo outs, that has a DAC that's on par with that of the RME FireFace series? Thanks.


How have you solved this problem? I'm going to buy ESI Juli@ and ATH-M50 and I need something between them. Now I have only an AIWA NSX-72 shelf system as an amplifier. What would you recommend?

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