probably a stupid question. but if i buy an amp, do i need to buy an external usb sound card to attach to it if my onboard audio is terrible?
do amps have built in sound cards?
Amplifiers (in general) do not come with built in sound cards.
Please provide the details of you current setup, maybe someone on Head-Fi can figure out how to improve your audio quality.
Sometimes you can use your current built-in audio features with an external DAC/amp.
i'm in the process of building a mITX build (it will definitely be mITX, its non-negotiable) so this mean i cant have a dedicated sound card
my mobo will either be an asus p8z77-i deluxe or a p8h77-i
either way, the onboard audio is supposed to be subpar
i'm looking into purchasing a dac/amp/external usb sound card all for less than $100, and purely for my desktop. so it wont be moved at all.
i will probably be getting the beyer 770 pro 80 ohms, purely for home/desktop use too.
As the motherboards come with DTS audio, it might be better to hook up an external DAC/Amp to the S/PDIF Toslink optical output on the motherboard.
Use the motherboard's built in audio functions (DTS), but use a better DAC & amp for the headphones.
SMSL SD-793II $60
Only the deluxe model comes with the DTS connect.
The regular model does not list DTS