This is my first time diving into getting better audio equipment for my PC. I am really interested in seeing hearing the difference from on-board audio to something better.
My current setup for audio on my PC is:
On-board sound from a Rampage IV Extreme motherboard
Speakers- Logitech X-530
Headphone- AKG K44
The speakers and headphones are a couple of years old and I think I'm missing out without a better setup. I reused these speakers and headphone from my old PC and just have them hooked in the motherboard.
Since I don't use my speakers that loud as I don't want to disturb others in the house, I'm only going after headphones for music and normal/semi competitive gaming (I used to play competitive tf2 but found it wasn't my thing but I still like some competitive games with friends). I researched information about 5.1 headphones but wasn't that interested in them as a good pair of normal headphones can do it close enough anyway (virtual surround sound i think it's called?).
I found 3 headphones that I found could suit what I'm looking for:
The 990 and 880 both look to be something I'd really enjoy based on the general feedback everywhere. The AD700 also seems like a good starting place too (though I would like something with better bass). I saw with the 990 and 880 there are different ohm ranges. I take it 32 ohm will work in anything but doesn't have as crisp sound compared to the 250 ohm but the 250 will normally need an amp to function better (and 600 always needing one?).
In terms of sound cards, I found these 2 cards which had built in headphone amps after a bit of searching:
Asus Xonar DGX
Asus Xonar DG
Both these cards look to be focused on headphone users but with the price point sitting at $30-40, I worry that I could be doing better. They say they both have headphones amps in them but is it what I need?
I have come to ask the following questions:
- Have I found good headphones to start off on?
- Are these sound cards good for what I'm looking for (should I be aiming for a better/different sound card)?
- Do I need a particular type of Amp? Internal/External/Portable/Already with the sound card?
- Is there a ohm range I should be going for when picking a sound card/amp/headphone combo? (99% of time I use these headphones with the PC)
- Will this have a major difference compared to what I currently have?
I was first looking to spend around $200 on sound but after seeing it's more than just plugging in better headphones, I can stretch it to around $350-450 total.
Thanks for taking the time to help me out,
Edited by firzen777 - 7/7/13 at 10:46pm