Originally Posted by xpok
Thanks for answer. I don't have to spend all my money. If something is good and cheap its ok :).
I can buy new Titanium HD for about 100$. But I live in Europe and after quick research cant find Schiit Magni here.
Audio_GD NFB-15.32 is not a problem. Is it still good combination?
Forget to add that I will be using ATH-AD700 with them.
Maybe it will be better to buy one very good DAC/amp and skip sound card? Or should I listen to something cheaper first? I I'm afraid that I can underestimate something more expensive. I am such a noob :P.
In the UK there is the EPH-02, 99 GBP, the same kind of amplifier as the Magni.
Has a very low headphone output impedance, under 1-Ohm :) great for use with 32-Ohm headphones like the ATH-AD700
The Titanium HD & Titanium have the same CMSS-3D headphone surround sound, the Titanium HD comes with the better DAC chip.
Some people prefer the Sound Blaster Z series for FPS gaming, but the titanium series have better support for older (EAX 5.0) games.
Which is better for modern games? not something I'm qualified to answer.
But these sound cards should be a better choice, over motherboard on-board audio, for gaming.
I just threw out a few ideas to get the discussion going, there are more experienced gamers (then me) on Head-fi that might offer better ideas.
If you get an external DAC, make sure it has S/PDIF (optical & coaxial) input, as USB bypasses sound cards (on-board or add-on).
An external DAC verses internal sound card DAC makes no difference for gaming, but external are liked for music as there is less possibility for electrical noise, which can be generated from inside the computer case.