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Sennheiser RS 180+Fiio E17: good way to go?

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Hi everybody,

 

 

    First of all I have to say I’m not an audiophile (at least I don’t consider myself as one) and I don’t know much about DACs, AMPs etc. Here is my question: I’m getting a brand new gaming rig that comes with an integrated audio codec (Realtec ALC1150 if it is important). I do not want to get an internal soundcard (originally considered Asus Xonar Essence STX) because it will interfere with the SLI setup that I plan to have down the road (purely from the thermal perspective). I currently have a Vantec USB external 7.1 channel adapter that drives my Razer Tiamat 7.1 headset (that I don’t even like that much and barely use it) and my wireless Sennheiser RS 180 headphones. I have heard great reviews on Fiio E17 and now consider getting it. Would that be a good upgrade over what I have right now (I realize that I would be able to use only my Sennheiser headphones and not Tiamat with Fiio E17)?

    Thanks a lot in advance for any suggestions!     

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Hi everybody,

 

 

    First of all I have to say I’m not an audiophile (at least I don’t consider myself as one) and I don’t know much about DACs, AMPs etc. Here is my question: I’m getting a brand new gaming rig that comes with an integrated audio codec (Realtec ALC1150 if it is important). I do not want to get an internal soundcard (originally considered Asus Xonar Essence STX) because it will interfere with the SLI setup that I plan to have down the road (purely from the thermal perspective). I currently have a Vantec USB external 7.1 channel adapter that drives my Razer Tiamat 7.1 headset (that I don’t even like that much and barely use it) and my wireless Sennheiser RS 180 headphones. I have heard great reviews on Fiio E17 and now consider getting it. Would that be a good upgrade over what I have right now (I realize that I would be able to use only my Sennheiser headphones and not Tiamat with Fiio E17)?

    Thanks a lot in advance for any suggestions!     

Sennheiser RS 180 "Wireless" headphones?

How would you even connect the E17 to something that works wirelessly?

 

Guess you could hook the motherboard's S/PDIF (optical or coaxial) output to the S/PDIF input on the E17.

Then run an analog cable from the E17's headphone jack to the line in on the RS180.

Use the E17 as an external DAC.

 

But I would think it would be easier use to buy a dedicated external optical DAC to hook up between the PC and the RS180s.

 

An external USB DAC would bypass the computer's built in audio features.

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  The RS180 headphones come with the charging/transmitter station that you connect to the PC using the headphone plug (the station will be connected to the Fiio E17).

 I AM planning to use it as an external DAC and disable the onboard audio on my Sabertooth Z87 board. Sorry if the original post wasn't clear. 

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