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post #1 of 18
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Hello everyone!

 

I'm looking for a DAC/AMP that has an optical input, why? because I'm gonna hook my Xonar DG to it. 

So, what DAC/AMP would you suggest for around 200$ with an optical input? 

 

P.S My headphone are gonna be the Beyerdynamic DT250-80ohm. 

post #2 of 18

Why not just get an Asus Xonar Essence STX sound card?

post #3 of 18
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Why not just get an Asus Xonar Essence STX sound card?

 

I'm a bit afraid of electric noise going through the system and stuff, I don't have the most clean power supply in fact it's a generic one, and I also have a graphic card installed so.. And from time to time I do hear some bzz in the background, but maybe it's because of my bad connector on my current SteelSeries Siberia V2. ( had to make a new one because the original one broke).

post #4 of 18
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Originally Posted by Virtax View Post

Hello everyone!

 

I'm looking for a DAC/AMP that has an optical input, why? because I'm gonna hook my Xonar DG to it. 

So, what DAC/AMP would you suggest for around 200$ with an optical input? 

 

P.S My headphone are gonna be the Beyerdynamic DT250-80ohm. 

Why not just try the DT250 80-Ohm headphones plugged straight into the Xonar DG sound card first.

If there is still a buzy, then look into buying a external DAC/amp.

 

Did you "disable" the motherboard's on-board audio (in the BIOS)?

Tried the Xonar Unified Drivers" from Brainbit?

Move the Xonar DG to a different PCI slot?

post #5 of 18
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Why not just try the DT250 80-Ohm headphones plugged straight into the Xonar DG sound card first.

If there is still a buzy, then look into buying a external DAC/amp.

 

Did you "disable" the motherboard's on-board audio (in the BIOS)?

Tried the Xonar Unified Drivers" from Brainbit?

Move the Xonar DG to a different PCI slot?

Hm Ok..

I will try that, as for the motherboard on board audio I didn't disable it because i'm running my speakers through it, as for the Unified Drives I haven't tried yet, and lastly as for the PCI slot I only have one PCI slot, the rest are PCI-E.

Anyway thanks for your help, it seems that you help alot of people regarding computer audio and stuff, thanks :) 

post #6 of 18
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Hm Ok..

I will try that, as for the motherboard on board audio I didn't disable it because i'm running my speakers through it, as for the Unified Drives I haven't tried yet, and lastly as for the PCI slot I only have one PCI slot, the rest are PCI-E.

Anyway thanks for your help, it seems that you help alot of people regarding computer audio and stuff, thanks :) 

You could try using the back panel for speakers and the front of case line-out/headphone 3.5mm green jack for the headphone.

Could then disable motherboard on-board audio, might help noise issue.

post #7 of 18
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You could try using the back panel for speakers and the front of case line-out/headphone 3.5mm green jack for the headphone.

Could then disable motherboard on-board audio, might help noise issue.

Isn't gonna be bad quality via the front panel jack? I mean will I lose quality running headphones trough the front panel jack?

post #8 of 18
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Isn't gonna be bad quality via the front panel jack? I mean will I lose quality running headphones trough the front panel jack?

It does not cost anything to try hooking the DT250 80-Ohms to the front jack for testing.

Do you use the Xonar DG for surround sound? for gaming and movies? or just for music?

post #9 of 18
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It does not cost anything to try hooking the DT250 80-Ohms to the front jack for testing.

Do you use the Xonar DG for surround sound? for gaming and movies? or just for music?

Mainly it's gaming and music, let's say 70% gaming and 30% music and just a tiny tiny bit of movies.

I do not use features like GX but I do use the Dolby Headphone and 7.1 Speaker Shifter, can get used to live without it, but will prefer having it. 

 

P.S i'm running on 2 channels.

post #10 of 18
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Mainly it's gaming and music, let's say 70% gaming and 30% music and just a tiny tiny bit of movies.

I do not use features like GX but I do use the Dolby Headphone and 7.1 Speaker Shifter, can get used to live without it, but will prefer having it. 

 

P.S i'm running on 2 channels.

The Xonar can send headphone surround sound to the front panel headphone jack.

post #11 of 18
Audioengine D1 has both USB and optical input. Also has RCA out should you ever want to hook up powered speakers to it.
post #12 of 18
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Audioengine D1 has both USB and optical input. Also has RCA out should you ever want to hook up powered speakers to it.

I have saw the D1 but now searching in some older posts in the forum, it seems that it has some problems?
And how good is it's DAC?
Another thing I forgot to mention is that I have an audio interface for my XLR microphone Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 and will like to somehow combine the sound from it and the sound from my PC to my headphones, is that possible?
post #13 of 18
In Windows, you can select separate devices for speaker/headphone playback and recording/mic output.
post #14 of 18
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In Windows, you can select separate devices for speaker/headphone playback and recording/mic output.

I tried it but there's a lag between when I speak and when it's being played through the soundcard.

Maybe a reciver will do the job? hooking everything up?

post #15 of 18
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I tried it but there's a lag between when I speak and when it's being played through the soundcard.
Maybe a reciver will do the job? hooking everything up?

Well, it does have to pass off the sound to another device for you to hear it. I can't see how a receiver would help with that.
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