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Headphone amp + digital pass-through USB

post #1 of 9
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I'm looking for a USB sound card that has a digital pass-through (optical or coax) and a good headphone amp which doesn't need external bloatware drivers. (I'm using Windows 7/8). Any recommendations? I found the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi HD, but it doesn't seem to have a very convincing amp. I don't care for portability, and I'd even use two different devices, if that's possible. (Although one would be nicer of course.) It shouldn't be more expensive than $120. Thanks.


Edited by anonymous1337 - 4/25/13 at 3:17pm
post #2 of 9
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nöthing?

post #3 of 9

You could check out the Fiio E10. I'm not sure about the drivers, though.

post #4 of 9
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Oh right, I didn't even realize they had a digital coax out. The dac/amp didn't get the best reviews here, but it's probably still a lot better than the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi HD. :)

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I actually doubt there would be any audible difference. In fact, the E10 sometimes has balance issues (or at least it used to, i haven't been following the news much). Stick with what you have, put that money toward headphones, they make the biggest sonic difference.

 

EDIT: Ah, i misread your first post. I thought you already had the X-Fi HD, and was looking to replace it. Never mind.


Edited by andrewberge - 4/27/13 at 6:14am
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Well, what I have is a pretty bad onboard sound card, which is why I'm looking for a new one. The only problem is that I need a digital out for my speakers (z5500, not sure how good the DAC in their controller is for a headphone though, I mainly want it for movies with DD/DTS), which seems to kinda limit the choices.

 

Also, for the people using the X-Fi HD, did they work out-of-the-box for Windows 7/8, or does one have to install the apparently broken Creative drivers?


Edited by anonymous1337 - 4/27/13 at 6:05am
post #7 of 9
i agree with andrew more. also i own that sound card and it can decently drive my hd650s and dt880s very (>250ohm). what headphones do you own right now anonymous?
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I own the AKG 240 MKII


Edited by anonymous1337 - 4/28/13 at 12:33pm
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So, we have the X-Fi HD, FiiO E10, NuForce uDAC-2, which one shall it be? :)

 

 

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Also, for the people using the X-Fi HD, did they work out-of-the-box for Windows 7/8, or does one have to install the apparently broken Creative drivers?
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